Teacher Salaries - International Comparison

 
Job Description:   The second-level teacher job includes the following responsibilities: (i) prepares annual programmes of work for classes in secondary education establishment; (ii) gives instruction and conducts discussions; (iii) maintains discipline in class; (iv) prepares, assigns and corrects exercises; (v) sets, administers and marks tests and examinations; (vi) reports on pupil progress to head teacher and parents [9].
 
Methodology:   Unless otherwise indicated, the gross income is obtained from data provided to the International Labour Organization [9] by government agencies (Statistics Canada, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Statistics Finland, etc). The compulsory deductions include income tax, municipal tax, provincial/state income tax, social security (pension plan, medicare), compulsory additional insurance, etc. The deductions are representative of single-earner-married-without-child status, and are obtained from income tax calculators [t], social security withholdings, the OECD Tax Database [k], or other sources. Employees include both men and women unless otherwise noted.
 
    
 

Teacher Job Average Salary

Country  Net Monthly Income  constant 2005 US$ [a] [d] Notes, Source                                                                               Gross Monthly Job Income Compulsory Deductions Weekly Hours
 
U.S. average salary PPP $ 4,055 $ 4,055 Full-time and part-time employees, 2005. U.S. Department of Labor, [t]. 5,266 dollars 23% 36.6
UK median salary PPP $ 3,075 $ 3,568 Employees, 2005. UK Employment Department, [9], [t]. 2,759 pounds 29% 32.5
Germany average salary PPP $ 3,065 $ 3,309 Minimum per month, 2005, normal hours of work. Federal Statistical Office of Germany, [9], [t]. 4,088 euros 35% 40.0
Australia average income PPP $ 2,793 $ 2,742 May 2004. Normal hours from collective agreements. Australian Bureau of Statistics, [9], [t]. 4,632 dollars 22% 39.1
Korea average salary PPP $ 2,643 $ 2,096 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. All teachers, incl. tertiary level. Korea Ministry of Labour, [9]. 2,402,059 wons 11% 39.7
Norway average income PPP $ 2,573 $ 3,550 Employees, 2005. Statistics Norway, [9]. 34,186 kroners 33%
Japan average salary PPP $ 2,518 $ 2,961 Excl. overtime and bonus, June 2005. Women only. Private establishments with 10 or more regular employees. Japan Statistical Yearbook [17], [k]. 392,000 yens 17%
France median salary PPP $ 2,483 $ 1,950 All teachers at all levels. Full-time employees, 2002. Institut National de la Statistique et des Études Économiques, [36]. 1,900 euros 0%
Canada average income PPP $ 2,238 $ 2,236 Employees, 2005. Statistics Canada, [9], [t]. 3,868 dollars 30% 31.1
Finland average salary PPP $ 1,936 $ 2,311 Normal hours of work, 2004. Men only. Women make 2,586 euros per month. Statistics Finland, [9], [k], [t]. 2,654 euros 32% 36.4
Portugal average salary PPP $ 1,797 $ 1,441 Employees, 2003. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, [9]. 1,519 euros 21% 24.4
Austria average salary PPP $ 1,537 $ 1,231 Employees, 2002. Kindergarten teacher, women only. Austrian Central Statistical Office (ÖSTAT), [9], [t]. 1,600 euros 25% 40.0
Italy average salary PPP $ 1,441 $ 1,555 Normal hours of work, 2005. Istituto Nazionale di Statistica, [9]. 1,711 euros 27%
Thailand average salary PPP $ 1,216 $ 388 Men employees, 2005. Women make 17,123 bahts per month. Thailand National Statistical Office, [9], [t], [s]. 16,580 bahts 6% 38.0
Kuwait average income PPP $ 1,207 $ 1,506 Mathematics teacher, secondary level, 2004. Men employees. Kuwait Ministry of Planning, [9]. 430 dinars 0% 36.0
Peru average salary PPP $ 1,097 $ 474 Employees, June 2002. Instituto Nacional de Estadística e Informatica, [9]. 1,730 sols 15%
Philippines average salary PPP $ 1,069 $ 237 Employees, 2004. National Statistics Office, [9], [t]. 14,991 pesos 14%
Czech Republic average income PPP $ 1,042 $ 681 Excl. bonuses, 2005. Czech Statistical Office, [9]. 21,679 korunas 25% 37.9
Mexico average income PPP $ 1,018 $ 651 Employees, 2005. Instituto Nacional de Estadística, Geografía e Informatica (INEGI), [9], [k]. 8,146 pesos 13% 38.0
Poland average income PPP $ 1,013 $ 543 Employees, incl. kindergarten and tertiary level teachers, 2004. Poland Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 2,811 zlotys 32% 25.0
Hungary average salary PPP $ 918 $ 583 Employees, May 2005. Hungarian Central Statistical Office, [9], [k]. 181,045 forints 36%
Latvia average income PPP $ 804 $ 357 Adult full-time and part-time employees, 2005. Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia, [9], [t]. 277 lats 28% 31.4
Lithuania average salary PPP $ 788 $ 300 Employees, 2002. Statistics Lithuania, [9]. 1,403 litas 28% 29.4
Brazil average income PPP $ 745 $ 299 Employees, Dec 2004. Ministerio do Trabalho e da Previdência Social, [9]. 942 reals 10% 22.3
Slovakia average income PPP $ 706 $ 363 First-level education teacher. Employees, 2004. Štatistický úrad Slovenskej republiky, [9], [k]. 14,526 korunas 22% 31.1
Romania average salary PPP $ 588 $ 302 Men employees, 2005. Women make 1,143 new lei per month. Romania National Institute of Statistics, [9]. 1,244 new lei 30% 38.8
 

References

 
[a]   Interbank nominal exchange rate, Oanda.com; historical currency converter for over 164 currencies and 3 metals.
[d]   World Economic Outlook Database, September 2006, International Monetary Fund.
[k]   OECD Tax Database. Annual database providing comparative information on personal and corporate income tax and consumption tax systems and rates in OECD countries since 2000. Information on social security contributions levied on employees and their employers is also reported.
[t]   Net income from gross income (calculators, tables): Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, UK, U.S., Singapore.
[9]   International Labour Organization. Compilation of average salary income worldwide. Classified by country, by employment category, and by gender.
[17]   Japan Statistical Yearbook, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, 2006.