Primary School Teacher - How to enter the job

Kaiako Kura Tuatahi

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Primary school teachers teach children between the ages of five and 13 at primary or intermediate schools.


Primary school teachers usually earn about

$46K-$72K per year

Primary school teachers with four to seven years’ experience usually earn

$55K-$72K per year

Source: Ministry of Education, 'Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement', 2013-2015.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting work as a primary school teacher are average for new graduates due to competition for vacancies, but good for Māori language speakers and for those who choose to teach in hard-to-staff schools.

Last updated 22 September 2015