Teacher Pay Scale (UPDATED 2020)

Teacher Salaries in UK Schools

The teaching pay scales in the UK are agreed nationally; this allows you to be secure in the amount you earn if moving between schools and provides opportunity to identify expected pay rises. Progressing through the teacher pay scale used to be straightforward but the introduction of more stringent performance-related pay means it tends to be less linear. Always enter pay-related meetings fully versed on the process and evidence required. The Main payscale for teachers allows you to move from M1-M6 whilst undertaking regular classroom duty; TLRs and UPS would usually rely on significant responsibility being undertaken and certain quality assurance measures being met. Teacher Pay Scales increase the closer you get to Inner London; you can see from the table below that an NQT on M1 would earn £24373 outside on the London area e.g. Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle and would earn £30480 for teaching in Inner London e.g. Hammersmith, Tower Hamlets, Wandsworth.

What is the hourly rate for teachers?

Interested to learn how much you earn per hour as a UK teacher? I have done the maths and the results might shock you (or make you cry). I also explain how taking a £7k pay cut means I have more time with my family and bring home more money! Read the guide to Hourly Pay for Teachers.

Main Teacher Pay Scale for UK schools (MPS)

Outside LondonLondon FringeOuter LondonInner London
M1£24,373£25,543£28,355£30,480
M2£26,298£27,468£30,113£32,070
M3£28,413£29,581£31,976£33,741
M4£30,599£31,775£33,956£35,499
M5£33,010£34,179£36,836£38,230
M6£35,971£37,152£40,035£41,483

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Upper Pay Scale for UK Schools (UPS)

Outside LondonLondon FringeOuter LondonInner London
U1£37,654£38,797£41,419£45,713
U2£39,050£40,189£42,951£47,960
U3£40,490£41,635£44,541£49,571

Leadership Pay Scale for UK Schools

Outside LondonLondon FringeOuter LondonInner London
L1£41,065£42,195£44323£48824
L2£42,093£43,226£45353£49857
L3£43,144£44,277£46400£50912
L4£44,218£45,356£47479£51984
L5£45,319£46,459£48582£53091
L6£46,457£47,592£49714£54223
L7£47,707£48,846£50969£55477
L8£48,808£49940£52067£56576
L9£50,026£51161£53284£57790
L10£51,311£52445£54571£59076
L11£52,643£53775£55898£60404
L12£53,856£54993£57117£61624
L13£55,202£56340£58465£62968
L14£56,579£57714£59833£64344
L15£57,986£59118£61241£65747
L16£59,528£60664£62787£67295
L17£60,895£62039£64156£68663
L18£62,426£63562£65689£70194
L19£63,975£65109£67237£71742
L20£65,561£66701£68820£73328
L21£67,183£68325£70445£74949
L22£68,851£69989£72107£76618
L23£70,556£71689£73812£78318
L24£72,306£73446£75564£80074
L25£74,103£75237£77361£81867
L26£75,936£77075£79194£83699
L27£77,818£78952£81075£85579
L28£79,748£80880£83007£87512
L29£81,723£82860£84979£89491
L30£83,757£84886£87013£91522
L31£85,826£86965£89089£93594
L32£87,960£89098£91215£95722
L33£90,145£91284£93406£97911
L34£92,373£93511£95633£100140
L35£94,669£95808£97927£102436
L36£97,013£98148£100268£104776
L37£99,424£100561£102685£107194
L38£101,885£103021£105145£109648
L39£104,368£105500£107624£112131
L40£106,972£108112£110234£114742
L41£109,644£110781£112905£117416
L42£112,392£113530£115647£120156
L43£114,060£115188£117287£121749

2 Replies to “Teacher Pay Scale (UPDATED 2020)”

    1. Hmm.. how strange. I made an error when I was making the tables when I copy/pasted the MPS but updated. I can see them on my end as displaying correctly – can you see UPS1-3 displayed as M1, M2, M3 figures?

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