Countries with the Highest Salaries for School Teachers

Countries with the Highest Salaries for Teachers

For the past few years, there has been a resurgence of the education sector around the world. For most countries, including the United States, school teachers are often the butt of the jokes regarding how they could never amount to anything big in their lives. That statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. Without the teachers to whip the problematic children, geniuses and idle hands into shape, there would be no doctors, lawyers, engineers or pilots. Most of the world’s governments are starting to realise that because more and more teachers kept changing profession for a better pay day and lesser hours. Countries like Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, Australia and whatnot, have recognized the need to create better job opportunities and pay structure to attract better minds towards the teaching field. The days are going past us when teaching was regarded as a fall back. In countries like UAE, Japan and South Korea, the teachers require to go through vigorous training and credentials to land a teaching job, especially in the government sector. Even though these three countries are not in the very top list of highest paying countries for teachers, they still pay much more than the national average.

We have observed a better literacy rate and major development in most educated countries in the world because they pay their teachers handsomely.

Let’s look at the top five countries that pay their teacher rather handsomely

5. Australia ($49,000)

From the time that they start teaching in the primary school, teachers in Australia enjoy a starting salary of around $35,000. Teachers with four years of formal training can make as high as $40,000 in their first year. High school teachers that have over seven years of experience earn up to $60,000.

4. Canada ($52,000)

Canada has revamped its pay structure for teachers in the past decade and they have been faster and more proactive than their neighbors in that regard. Starting packages in Canada are around $40,000 while USA offers $37,000 for its fresh primary school teachers. The difference starts at the middle school and high school level where Canadians receive as high as $70,000 while the highest school teacher pay for US remains in the mid 50 thousands annually.

3. Germany ($54,300)

In Germany, teachers aren’t just paid for their services. While the starting salaries for the right credentials can be as high as $47,000, it is all about the perks for a teacher. Most schools, private or otherwise, provide housing allowance or accommodation while healthcare is also not an issue for these educators.

2. Switzerland ($81,000)

Many of you might have heard about the expensive boarding schools in Switzerland with most of the students being 1%. The teacher salaries are also according to those standards as the starting salary for school teacher can be as high as $65,000. And the salary of teachers across the country also varies in its extremities. High school teachers in Geneva with ten years of experience are earning up to a whopping $130,000. The average highest teacher salary in the country is around $110,000. However, the fact of the matter is that cost of living and the standard in Switzerland are quite high so when the salaries are adjusted according to the purchasing power, Switzerland comes in at second quite comfortably to Luxembourg

1. Luxembourg ($90,000)

Educators in Luxembourg enjoy some of the highest salaries which are astronomical compared to other nations. The fact is that high school teachers in the country can end up making $140,000 annually. There was actually a rumour about a teacher that earned in the 150,000s. The high pay for teachers in the country is even more astounding considering its average GNI is $57,000 compared to Switzerland’s $60,000. Starting salaries alone are $70,000 which is quite a ways more than the average household income in Luxembourg.
It is not a coincidence that the countries that are spending the most in education and have better salaries are raising better minds. Teaching is a noble profession and with the hours that these people put in, especially in the early year, only these few countries really know how to properly compensate them. Maybe if every country realized that, teaching would not have such a high turnover rate.

List of  Top 10 Countries with Highest Salaries for Teachers

RankCountryAverage Starting Salary
(in US Dollars)
8.United States36,907.00


Q: Which Country pay the highest starting salary to the high school teachers?

Ans : At present Luxembourg is the nation paying the highest starting salaries to the secondary education level.

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