Salary For Primary School Teacher

When it comes to the career of teaching, you probably have some ideas floating around in your head but feel a little confused by all the statistics and numbers floating out there. In this article we will be looking at the average salary for primary school teachers in those confusing terms so you can make informed decisions about your future.

What are the average wages for primary school teachers ? There is more to it than just the base rate. You must take into account the inflation rate and daily allowance. In this post, we will discuss in great detail what other benefits government employees are entitled to, how much different allowances and bonuses are, how they are calculated and much more. Regardless if you a student or someone who is currently working as part of the workforce, this article will help you learn more about some of the things that aren’t necessarily apparent at first glance””

Primary school teachers are not just helpers to the students and their parents. They are also educator, counselor, and trainer. Their role in a child’s life is a lot more important than most people think. The correct implementation of educators can mean the difference between success and failure for an individual child. The training they receive while at school defines their future as a student and as an adult.

When it comes to the salary for primary school teachers in the UK, there are a few factors that can affect the amount you can expect to make. These include where you work and how long you’ve been teaching.

If you’re just starting out teaching, you’ll likely make between £14,000 and £18,000 per year—but if you’ve got more experience under your belt, that number could increase significantly.

For example: a primary school teacher with five years of experience could expect to earn between £19,000 and £24,000 per year. However, if they have 10 years of experience under their belt and are working in Scotland or Northern Ireland (or both), their salary could be up to £29,000 per year!

Salary For Primary School Teacher Overview

Teachers in Nigeria earn a minimum of 16,000 Naira per month. This amount is paid by the government for teachers who work in public schools. Private schools, however, are not required to pay teachers the same salary. Instead, they may hire them on a contractual basis and pay them according to the terms set out in their contract.

Many private schools will pay their teachers up to 20,000 Naira per month depending on their experience and qualifications. This is usually enough to cover all of their expenses so that they do not have to work a second job as well as teach at school.

The average salary for a teacher in Nigeria is 20,000 Naira per month. The average salary for an experienced teacher who works in a private school can be up to 30,000 Naira per month or more depending on where they live and the level of education they have achieved themselves (master’s degree).

Government teachers salary in nigeria is N30,000 per month while private school teachers salary in Nigeria is N50,000 per month. Subeb salary structure has raised the salaries of all teachers in Nigeria with an increment of N4000 for those who were on grade level 1 to N6000 for those who were on grade level 2. This was done to help motivate teachers and make them happy with their job. The new salary table for teachers 2022 will increase the salary of all teachers by 20% and remove the 13th month as bonus pay. This will make sure that teachers get paid properly for their hard work and dedication towards educating children in schools around Nigeria

What Do Teachers Do?

Primary school teachers instruct children who are typically in grades one through five or six and between six and eleven years old. The goal of educating pupils at this age is to lay the firm foundations of reading comprehension, writing, and math, and primary school teachers also use these fundamentals to teach broader foundation knowledge in subjects like science and social studies. They also help to ensure that developmental subjects in the arts and physical education are taught as well.

 Teachers work in a middle school or high school environment and administer lessons to students. This often involves teaching large classes of students, so it is important to show authority and be able to control a large group of people.

As a primary school teacher, you’ll develop schemes of work and lesson plans in line with curriculum objectives. You’ll facilitate learning by establishing a relationship with pupils, keeping your learning resources organised and creating a positive learning environment in the classroom.

Your role is to develop and foster the appropriate skills and social abilities to enable the optimum development of children, according to age, ability and aptitude.

You’ll assess and record progress and prepare pupils for national tests. You’ll link pupils’ knowledge to earlier learning and develop ways to encourage it further, challenging and inspiring pupils to help them deepen their knowledge and understanding.

Some students may have behavioural problems, so it is important not only to help administer coursework but also to help shape students’ personalities and behaviour.


Primary schools in England (following the national curriculum) are usually divided into:

  • Foundation Stage – nursery and reception (ages three to five)
  • Key Stage 1 – years one and two (ages five to seven)
  • Key Stage 2 – years three to six (ages 7 to 11).

Primary schools in Wales (following the national curriculum and Foundation Phase) are typically divided into:

  • Foundation Phase (ages three to seven)
  • Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11).

A new curriculum and assessment framework, Curriculum for Wales 2022, is being rolled out in schools across Wales. This will mean that education in Wales will become one seamless curriculum for pupils aged 3 to 16 years old.

Primary schools in Northern Ireland (following the Northern Ireland curriculum) are generally divided into:

  • Foundation Stage – years one and two (ages four to six)
  • Key Stage 1 – years three and four (ages six to eight)
  • Key Stage 2 – years five to seven (ages 8 to 11).

Primary schools in Scotland (following the Curriculum for Excellence – CfE) are usually divided into:

  • Nursery and P1 – primary (ages four to five)
  • P2-4 – primary (ages six to eight)
  • P5-7 – primary (ages 9 to 11).

Tasks are broadly the same for all primary school teachers and include:

  • teaching all areas of the primary curriculum
  • taking responsibility for the progress of a class of primary-age pupils
  • organising the classroom and learning resources and creating displays to encourage a positive learning environment
  • planning, preparing and presenting lessons that cater for the needs of the whole ability range within the class
  • motivating pupils with enthusiastic, imaginative presentation
  • maintaining discipline
  • preparing and marking work to facilitate positive pupil development
  • meeting requirements for the assessment and recording of pupils’ development
  • providing feedback to parents and carers on a pupil’s progress at parents’ evenings and other meetings
  • coordinating activities and resources within a specific area of the curriculum, and supporting colleagues in the delivery of this specialist area
  • working with others to plan and coordinate work
  • keeping up to date with changes and developments in the structure of the curriculum
  • organising and taking part in school events, outings and activities, which may take place at weekends or in the evening
  • liaising with colleagues and working flexibly, particularly in smaller schools
  • working with parents and school governors (in England, Northern Ireland and Wales) or parent councils (in Scotland) to maximise their involvement in the school and the development of resources for the school
  • meeting with other professionals such as education welfare officers and educational psychologists, if required.


  • New entrants to the profession in England start on the main salary scale, which rises incrementally from £25,714 to £36,961. Enhanced pay scales apply for teachers working in or near London.
  • In Wales, new entrants start on a salary of £27,018, rising incrementally to £37,320.
  • New entrants salaries in Northern Ireland start at £23,199, rising incrementally to £33,906.
  • In Scotland, the new entrants’ starting salary is £27,498, plus any payments made through the Preference Waiver Payment (PWP) scheme, rising incrementally to £41,412.
  • After gaining experience and expertise, there are opportunities to move up into the role of lead practitioner in England and Wales. In Scotland there are opportunities to move into chartered and then principal teacher roles. Salaries for head teachers can rise to around £100,000.

Academies, free schools and independent schools set their own pay and working conditions.

Experienced classroom teachers undertaking additional responsibility may receive teaching and learning responsibility (TLR) payments.

Details about pay are available from the teaching unions and the Department for Education (DfE) Get Into Teaching website (for England).

Income figures are intended as a guide only.

Working hours

Hours vary between schools but are usually from 8.30am until 3.30pm or 4pm. Most teachers are in school before the school day starts and remain after school is finished.

Teachers are entitled to a minimum of 10% of timetabled teaching time for planning, preparation and assessment (PPA). In Scotland this is a minimum of seven and a half hours. Teachers also often spend time at home planning and preparing lessons and assessing pupils’ work.

Teachers are in school for 39 weeks of the year, but may also use time within the 13 weeks’ holiday for marking, planning and preparing.

Part-time work and career break opportunities are possible. Supply teaching is also an option. For more information on working hours, see the NASWUT, The Teachers’ Union.

Salary Structure of Teachers in Private School

Let us look at the salary structure of private school teachers. Private owned secondary schools have a higher salary structure for their teachers than government-owned schools.

Also, if you have a very high qualification as a teacher, you can take home an average salary of N80,000 to N150,000.

Though, the average salary and others all depend on the certification of the teacher. Teachers with master’s or just bachelor’s degrees take home a minimum of N50,000 to N80,000. While PhD holders take home above the N80,000 mark.

Salary Structure of Teachers in Public School

Salary Structure of Teachers in Public School

Public schools have one thing that we normally know them for. Therefore, they have poor facilities. This does not apply to all the schools in Nigeria, but most Nigerian public schools are nothing to write home about, so are the salaries of public school teachers.

On average, the take-home salary of a public school teacher is about N15,000 to N70,000 per month. Graduates who are placed at Level 8.

However, they are teachers at federal schools collect an average salary of ₦46,000 to ₦66,000, while those state teachers under the Lagos ministry of education receive an entry-level 8 salary of about ₦45,000 on a monthly basis.

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