This article only covers full-time classroom teachers in Victoria. If you are interested in pay rates for casual relief teachers in VIC, see What is the Relief Teacher Pay Rate in VIC?
The salaries for Victorian teachers in the public, Catholic, and Independent sectors are explained below.
VIC Public School Teacher Salaries
Victorian teachers can expect to earn between $75,726 and $112,333 in 2023. Individual salaries will depend on teacher experience.
The Victorian Department of Education and Training has two different ranges for classroom teachers. As a graduate teacher, you will start at Range 1.1 and generally progress up one level for every year of service.
Moving from Range 1 to Range 2 is automatic after you have reached the end of Range 1. Technically, a school principal can choose to only move a teacher up through the Range if they have demonstrated satisfactory performance, but this is very rare.
|Range 2||As of 1/7/2022||As of 1/1/2023|
Learning Specialists and Leading Teachers
Public schools in Victoria may choose to advertise a position for a Learning Specialist or Leading Teacher. These are teaching positions, but the teacher who wins them will take on additional responsibilities.
Both Learning Specialists and Leading Teachers are paid at the same rate, which is known as Range 3. As with classroom teaching, you will move up the range with experience.
These pay rates are in the table below:
|Range 3||As of 1/7/2022||As of 1/1/2023|
As you can see in the tables above, the pay rates for Victorian public school teachers increased in 2022 and again at the beginning of 2023. These pay increases occur every year and the details are outlined in the Enterprise Agreement.
In addition to these yearly pay increases, most teachers can expect to move up through their pay Range near the beginning of every year until they reach the top of the pay scale.
See more: How to Increase your Salary as a Teacher
VIC Catholic School Teacher Salaries
Unlike in a lot of Australian states, in Victoria, the Catholic Education sector matches the pay rates for they public system exactly. This means that Victorian teachers in Catholic schools can expect to earn between $75,726 and $112,333 in 2023. Individual salaries will depend on teacher experience.
Just like the Department of Education and Training, the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria has two Ranges, which classroom teachers will move up every year. This is of course dependent on the teacher performing their job to a satisfactory standard.
|Range 2||As of 1/7/2022||As of 1/1/2023|
Positions of Leadership
The Victorian Catholic school sector does differ from the public sector in how they pay leadership positions.
In Victorian Catholic schools, they do not have Learning Specialists or Leading Teachers. Instead, they have additional Positions of Leadership which may cover similar responsibilities to these roles in public schools.
These Positions of Leadership do not have their own salaries, but these teachers will receive an additional allowance on their teaching salary. Because of this, even if a teacher is in a leadership position, their pay is influenced by the number of years of teaching experience they have.
|POL 4||POL 3||POL 2||POL 1|
|1 July 2022||$12,264||$9,071||$5,960||$2,952|
|1 January 2023||$12,387||$9,161||$6,019||$2,981|
Just as for Victorian public school teachers, teachers in Victorian Catholic schools can expect pay rises every year.
Every Range on the pay scale will receive a pay rise every year according to the Enterprise Agreement. In addition to this, teachers will move up the Ranges each year until they reach the top of Range 2. This means that many Victorian teachers will receive two pay rises each year.
VIC Independent School Teacher Salaries
Because every Independent school in Victoria works independently, they each have control over the salaries that they pay their teachers.
The Independent Education Union has a list of all of the Enterprise Agreements with Independent schools in Victoria. If you are thinking of working for an Independent school and are wondering what their pay rates are, you will need to find the Enterprise Agreement for the specific school.
These Enterprise Agreements will outline the pay rates for teachers, whether their pay will increase incrementally, and how much teachers will be paid for leadership positions.