Summary: Primary teachers' salary and allowances
Primary teachers are paid on a 12-step base salary scale. You might also be paid one or more allowances on top of your base salary. Allowances are for additional duties or responsibilities, or because of your role or the type of school you work in.
Your base salary
The starting step of your base salary will depend on your qualifications. You will move up the base salary scale each year, if your employer (your board of trustees) is satisfied that you meet the professional standard required.
The starting salary for a primary school teacher with a Bachelor of Teaching is $45,796. The maximum rate (with that qualification) is $68,074 after seven years’ service at the professional standard.
The starting salary for a primary school teacher with a Bachelor of Arts and a Graduate Diploma of Teaching is $47,330. The maximum rate (with that qualification) is $71,900 after seven years’ service at the professional standard.
A table showing the scale for base salary for primary school teachers is in the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement, clause 3.1.7.
Units and allowances
There are numerous allowances you may be entitled to as additional remuneration, including units, role-related allowances, and incentive allowances.
There is a summary of the main allowances below. For the full list of allowances and criteria, refer to the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement (PTCA).
A unit is a type of allowance. Boards of trustees decide how to allocate units, and must have a policy on how they will do this.
Units can be permanent or fixed term. You will get an additional $4,000 a year for each permanent unit. Fixed term units may be divisible by two in some schools.
More information about units is in clause 3.12 of your collective agreement.
Role related allowances
You may get a role-related allowance if you:
- are a Tutor Teacher, responsible for providing an advice and guidance programme to a provisionally registered teacher, PTCA clause 3.29
- teach at a Normal or Model School, PTCA clause 3.22
- teach at van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Kelston Deaf Education Centre or Blind and Low Vision Education Network New Zealand, PTCA clause 3.31, or
- are required to use Te Reo in Māori immersion classes at level one, two or three, PTCA clause 3.19
You may get an incentive allowance if you work in a school that:
Kiwisaver is the superannuation scheme open to new members. The employer contribution is currently set at 3% of gross earnings.
Teachers may already belong to:
- The Teachers Retirement Savings Scheme and the State Sector Retirement Savings Scheme, each with an employer contribution of up to 3% of the gross salary.
- The Government Superannuation Fund, with an employer contribution of either 6.5% or 7% of the gross salary.
- National Provident Fund, with an employer contribution of up to 3% of the gross salary.
Employer contributions will only be paid on one scheme. So a teacher can belong to the National Provident Fund and Kiwisaver, but will only get employer contributions on one of those.