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Primary School Teacher

Kaiako Kura Tuatahi

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

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.
David Pierson working alongside children in a classroom

Primary school teachers teach all areas of the curriculum to children

Last updated 13 August 2017