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What Is The Average Teacher Salary in Australia?

A teaching job in Australia offers an opportunity to earn above average wages right from graduation.  Different states of Australia offer different wages but generally a teaching role will have you earning pretty great money from your very first paycheck.

A first year graduate can expect to earn around $48,000 per annum in their first year of public school teaching and this amount increases depending on the number of years served.  The more senior a teacher becomes, the higher their salary can be expected to rise.

The average teacher salary in Australia is $60,000 to $75,000.  Where teachers sit on this scale will depend on which state they are employed, whether they teach Primary or Secondary school, and how many years teaching service they have behind them.

Teachers who are prepared to travel can earn even more than this.  Those teachers who are prepared to do country service and work in a more rural area can even qualify for extra payments or allowances due to the remoteness of their teaching location.  Once teachers complete several years of country service they can expect to have a greater choice of teaching roles when they return to the city to continue their career.

The benefits of a teaching career are huge:

  • Government in Australia employs tens of thousands of teachers and this work is generally considered very stable.  Although you may be required to transfer to several schools to continue your career progression.

  • Compared to other work choices, teaching roles offer a large amount of paid holiday time each year.  Australians employed in full time roles generally receive four weeks holiday per year.  Teachers can expect to receive around 12 weeks per year making this a particularly great profession if you like to do things like overseas travel while you are on leave.  This can also be a great career if you have, or are planning to have, children.  Not everyone gets to spend all the school holidays with his or her kids.  The savings on childcare fees alone make this attractive.

  • There are many opportunities for advancement.  Each full year of completed schooling sends you up the pay scale too.

  • You have the opportunity to join the private sector and seek teaching roles in private schools.

Is It Ever Too Late To Become A Teacher?

You might think that you’ve missed your opportunity to qualify as a teacher and take advantage of the above average salaries on offer in Australia.

Don’t worry. There are several different ways to qualify as a teacher and if you have life experience or other qualifications, becoming a teacher can be very easy.

Most states of Australia offer four different avenues to qualify as a teaching professional. Be sure to check the exact details for your particular state:

  1. Complete the usual teaching degree of four years. Most people will become teachers this way straight out of high school.

  2. Complete a double degree.  One that covers an interest and a teaching degree at the same time.  For example you might complete a Bachelor of business alongside your teaching degree.

  3. If you already have a university degree that is not related to teaching, you can complete a postgraduate degree in Education to attain your teaching qualification.

  4. Many people who have a qualification in a trade or other quantifiable life experiences can qualify to complete a Graduate Diploma in Education.  This can enable them to earn a teaching qualification in as little as 18 months.

Australia has recently completed a study into education reform commonly referred to as the Gonski report.  If these reforms are introduced to Australia you can expect the average teacher’s salary to skyrocket as higher incomes are offered to attract the very best quality teachers.

There are many different ways to become a teacher in Australia including bringing your teaching degree from overseas.  With average salaries matching many other professions teaching is becoming more and more attractive to many who have a desire to make a positive impact in the life of a child.