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Which State in Australia Offers the Highest Teacher Salaries? You Might Be Surprised!

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Are you a teacher thinking about making a move to a different part of Australia?


Well, you might be in for a surprise, because the state with the highest teacher salaries isn’t what you would expect.

In this blog, we’re going to let you in on a little secret and reveal which state offers the highest teacher salaries, and why it could be the perfect option for teachers looking to save some cash while exploring a different part of Australia.


So, which state pays the most?


Now, when it comes to teacher salaries in Australia, there are many factors to consider, such as qualifications, experience, and location. And if you thought the major cities like Sydney or Melbourne offered the highest salaries, then you’d be wrong. The state with the highest teacher salaries is actually the Northern Territory.


Alice Springs Northern Territory


What is teaching in the Northern Territory like?


Teaching in remote schools in the Northern Territory is similar to opportunities in other states, but with some unique and enriching experiences. While it can certainly be challenging, it can also be incredibly rewarding. Teachers in these schools often have the opportunity to work closely with Indigenous communities and learn about their cultures and traditions.

It’s worth noting that more than 70% of Northern Territory government schools are situated in remote areas, with almost half of all Territory students enrolled in these schools.

Teaching in these remote school settings can be a significant challenge, especially for those who are not used to the unique environment and community dynamics. However, for teachers who are willing to adapt and embrace the experience, the challenges can be outweighed by the rewards of making a meaningful impact on the lives of their students and becoming a valued member of a close-knit and supportive community.

Aboriginal child at school


What are the benefits of teaching in NT?


One of the key benefits of teaching in the Northern Territory is the quality of professional development opportunities. Teachers are given the chance to develop their skills and knowledge through ongoing training and support, which can be particularly valuable when working in remote areas. The Northern Territory Department of Education also offers a range of incentives to attract and retain teachers, including relocation assistance, retention bonuses, and housing subsidies.


Aside from the professional benefits, teaching in the Northern Territory can also be a wonderful lifestyle choice. The region is known for its beautiful landscapes and unique wildlife, offering teachers the chance to explore the outdoors and experience a different way of life. The Northern Territory is also home to a diverse population, including a significant Indigenous community, providing teachers with an opportunity to learn about different cultures and ways of life.


For those concerned about isolation or the cost of travel, fares out of isolated localities may be provided, and guaranteed transfer to Darwin, Palmerston, Katherine or Alice Springs after three years of employment can provide a sense of security and stability.

Uluru Northern Territory


What type of teacher suits the Northern Territory?  


  • A passionate and dedicated teacher who is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of their students.
  • A teacher who is looking for a new challenge and is excited about the prospect of teaching in a remote or regional area.
  • flexible and adaptable personality, someone who is comfortable working in a diverse and multicultural environment.
  • Willing to embrace the unique challenges of teaching in a remote area, such as isolation and limited resources, and can find creative solutions to overcome these challenges.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, who is able to build positive relationships with students, colleagues, and the wider community.
  • Committed to ongoing professional development and is open to learning new skills and strategies to enhance their teaching practice
  • Someone who is willing to be an active member of their school and community, and who is passionate about promoting positive change and improving outcomes for students.


Compare Northern Territory teaching salaries to other states in our previous blog!


If we’ve managed to spark your interest in taking the opportunity to teach in the Northern Territory, why not reach out to us today to hear more about our current opportunities in the top end?

Talk to Paige, our senior recruitment specialist in the Northern Territory today by registering your details here.

Contact Paige directly via email at

Looking forward to hearing from you!