Teacher salaries in Europe vary widely across the region. While some countries pay teachers well, others have been forced to increase salaries and benefits due to shortages and competition for qualified teachers.
Teachers in Europe make a good living, but the salary varies depending on the country.
In general, European teachers are paid less than their American counterparts. According to the OECD, the average starting salary for an elementary school teacher in Europe is $31,000 a year. This compares to an average of $36,000 in America.
The salary of a teacher can vary greatly depending on where they work and what kind of school they work at, however. For instance, in Germany and Italy, teachers earn $38,000 and $40,000 respectively while in Australia they earn $57,000 annually on average.
If you want to be a teacher, head to Luxembourg. High school teachers there take home an average pay of $79,129 a year—$35,500 more than what the average teacher in the U.S. makes.
Making $43,557 a year on average, U.S. teachers are still better off than their educational colleagues in most parts of the world, according to data published by World Bank and reported by Business Insider. Our country ranks sixth on the list of highest teachers’ salaries, placing it above Mexico, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands, and Canada.
The five countries that pay their teachers more are all located in Europe. After Luxembourg, they include Switzerland with an average teacher salary of $69,705; Germany with $61,418; Norway with $47,313; and Denmark with $46,784. (Of course, these numbers don’t tell us anything about how far those salaries actually go in a given country.)