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.[1]
  • 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.[2]
  • 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. [3]
  • 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.

Retention rates

Average retention rates from 2001-2017:

  • Primary principals 95.9%
  • Secondary principals 94%
  • Primary teachers 91.8%
  • Secondary teachers 91.1%

[1] 2017 figures

[2] Figures are based on calculations using average teacher staffing entitlement for each U-grade,

[3] 2017 figures

 

 

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