Statistics on principals' and teachers' salaries
Primary and secondary school teachers
- Base primary teacher salaries range from $47,980 to $71,891 for someone with a teaching degree, or $49,588 to $75,949 for a trained teacher with a subject degree, for example a BSc.
Base secondary teacher salaries range from $47,000 to $78,000, depending on the qualification they hold.
Primary and secondary teachers receive extra remuneration in the form of units for taking on extra responsibilities.
Some teachers are eligible for other allowances such as Tutor Teacher allowance, Careers Advisor allowance and Kāhui Ako (Community of Learning) allowances.
38% of primary teachers (12,737) are paid above the top of the base scale (that is, $75,949). Average primary teacher remuneration (base salary, plus allowances) is $72,900.
57% of secondary teachers (13,480) are paid above the top of the base scale (that is, $78,000). Average secondary teacher remuneration (base salary, plus allowances) is $79,500.
- Over the past 10 years, teacher remuneration has grown more quickly than salary and wage rates for the workforce as a whole. Since 2007 average secondary teacher remuneration has increased by 27.4% to $79,500 and average primary teacher remuneration has increased by 30.6% to $72,900. Over the same period the labour cost index, which tracks changes in salary and wage rates, has increased by 22.4%. Over the same 10 year period inflation has increased by 21.4%.
Primary and secondary school principals
Primary principals’ core remuneration ranges from $98,360 to $165,339. The amount is largely dependent on the size of the school. With the Secretary’s approval, boards are able to pay primary principals an additional $16,311 to $25,871 for taking on extra responsibilities.
Secondary principals' core remuneration ranges from $104,015 to $216,654. The amount is largely dependent on the size of the school. With the Secretary’s approval, boards are able to pay secondary principals an additional $16,168 to $31,345 for taking on extra responsibilities.
The average remuneration is $123,400 for primary and $157,300 for secondary principals. 
Some principals are also eligible for decile payments. Deciles are a measure of the socio-economic position of a school’s student community relative to other schools throughout the country. Decile payments range from $1,890 to $6,543 for primary principals and from $1,928 to $6,674 for secondary principals.
Average retention rates from 2001-2017:
- Primary principals 95.9%
- Secondary principals 94%
- Primary teachers 91.8%
- Secondary teachers 91.1%
 2017 figures
 Figures are based on calculations using average teacher staffing entitlement for each U-grade,
 2017 figures
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