In which country do teachers' get the highest pay in Europe? In which countries have teachers yet to surpass the salaries they had before the financial crisis? How long time does it take for teachers to achieve their maximum salary? This yearly Eurydice publication analyses teacher's salaries in Europe. It shows the differences in salary conditions and salary progression across Europe.
Teachers’ statutory salaries have increased in the last year in most European countries with the only exceptions of Italy and Liechtenstein, due to the wage freeze for public employees, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Finland, where pay is practically the same as in the previous year, and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where teachers' salaries decreased. Real salaries (i.e. discounting inflation) of beginning teachers are lower in nine European countries than in 2009/10 i.e. the years following the financial crisis. The report also underlines that pay and conditions vary considerably between European countries. For example, in eastern Europe starting statutory salaries are substantially lower than in western Europe.
For the first time, data have been collected jointly by the Eurydice and the OECD/NESLI networks.
The publication has been released today to mark World Teachers' day.