Benefits of teaching


What do you get in return?

Teaching your specialist subject comes with many benefits. You get to share your passion all day, and you have an instant reward when you see that ‘light bulb’ moment.

You’ll also help children grow into well-rounded people – in other words, you’ll change lives.

Your salary

Newly qualified teachers on their probation year earn £26,697. Salaries then rise by annual increments over the first five years from £32,034 to £40,206.


A teacher’s full working year is 195 days – which includes 5 days of in-service training. Every year, you’ll get 40 days’ holiday at full pay.

Working hours

Teachers work a 35 hour week with a maximum of 22.5 hours devoted to class contact time. New teachers tend to work longer hours in the beginning.


Teachers in Scotland qualify for generous pension benefits. The scheme provides a healthy pension based on career average earnings.

Career progression in teaching

If you’re driven and ambitious – teaching in Scotland offers career progression opportunities.

There are many leadership roles in the school setting, running from Department Head all the way up to Headteacher. Headteachers in Scotland’s largest schools can earn up to £95,931.

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