Teachers' salary

Salary matters - find out how much you can expect to earn and more details on teachers' pay

How much you are paid will depend on:

  • when you first start teaching
  • your contract
  • your hours
  • your teaching experience

Teachers are paid based on an incremental salary scale or according to hourly rates. Which scale or what rate you are on depends on when you first began teaching in a Department paid position. Different scales and rates operate for teachers who started

The ASTI is campaigning to restore one common basic salary scale for all teachers


Permanent teachers / full-time CID teachers are paid over 12 months and their salary is based on the relevant point on the appropriate salary scale plus any allowances due (most allowances are not payable to teachers who being their careers after February 1, 2012).

Regular part time teachers, part-time CID teachers and temporary whole-time teachers are paid over 12 months and their salary is based on a pro-rata fraction of the relevant point on the salary scale plus any allowances*, depending on how many hours they teach.

Non-casual part-time teachers are paid salary for the duration of their contract. They are paid an hourly rate (inclusive of 56% holiday pay), determined based on a pro-rata fraction of the relevant point on the salary scale plus any allowances.

A qualified casual part-time teacher is paid an hourly rate for each hour of teaching. After 150 hours at the casual rate in one school year, the teacher is paid a personal non-casual hourly rate based on his or her qualifications and previous experience for the remainder of that school year.

Your 'paymaster'
If you are employed by a voluntary secondary school or a community or comprehensive school, you will be paid by the Department of Education and Skills directly each fortnight. If you are employed by a community college or vocational school, you will be paid by the relevant Education and Training Board (ETB) at least once a month out of funds allocated to them from the Department of Education and SKills. If you are employed privately by the school, you will be paid directly by the school.