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12 - 13 March 2016

Atlantis The Palm,
Dubai, U.A.E.

Where do teachers earn the most?

An OECD report, Education at a Glance 2015, has revealed a disparity of more than $50,000 USD between the salaries of teachers in different OECD countries.

A teacher working in the public sector at a primary school level with 10 years’ experience can expect to earn an average of $91,203 in Luxembourg, the country where teachers earn the most on average. Their counterpart in Norway is likely to earn just under $45,000 in comparison, despite the countries having similar living costs and high levels of development.


The same OECD report reveals that across all OECD countries, the full-time earnings of teachers are still less than the average earnings of workers in other sectors with a similar level of education. A lower secondary school teacher with a tertiary degree can expect to earn just 80% of the salary of a full-time, full-year worker of the equivalent education.

The 10 countries where teachers earn the most are primarily European – including Denmark, Ireland and the Netherlands, with Canada, Australia and the United States being the only non-European nations on the list.

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Blog post by:

Harsha Sharma
Harsha Sharma
Digital Communications Manager, Varkey Foundation