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How much teachers make around the world

In order to provide every child in the world with primary and secondary education, countries over the next 12 years would have to hire an astounding 68.8 million teachers. This “global teacher shortage” is exacerbated by the fact that in one-third of the world’s countries, less than 75% of teachers are trained to national standards.

Many teachers receive notoriously low salaries, work longer hours than other similarly compensated jobs, and lack access to wider support systems—all of which makes teacher burnout commonplace in many parts of the world. In fact, 46% of educators leave their careers within five years of starting.

To get a comprehensive picture of pay scales for educators worldwide, Stacker examined data collected by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). That group mined information from Brazil, Costa Rica, and all OECD nations except Belgium and the United Kingdom, and compiled it in ascending order. The data includes salaries of primary, lower secondary, and upper secondary teachers at two points: entry level, and teachers with 15 years of experience.

Numbers listed are the average teacher's gross salary after pension and social security contributions and before taxes and deductions. Read on to find out where teachers earn more money—and where they might deserve a raise.

ALSO: Highest paying jobs in education

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#36. Brazil

Primary school starting salary: $13,971 - #36 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Lower secondary school starting salary: $13,971 - #36 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Upper secondary school starting salary: $13,971 - #36 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available

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Globetrotter19 // Wikimedia Commons

#35. Hungary

Primary school starting salary: $14,227 - #35 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $20,629 - #30 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $15,752 - #32 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $20,629 - #30 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $15,752 - #32 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $22,840 - #29 among listed countries

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Alma Pater // Wikimedia Commons

#34. Latvia

Primary school starting salary: $14,252 - #34 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Lower secondary school starting salary: $14,252 - #35 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Upper secondary school starting salary: $14,252 - #35 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available

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Bratislavská župa // Flickr

#33. Slovak Republic

Primary school starting salary: $14,267 - #33 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $20,057 - #31 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $14,267 - #34 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $20,057 - #31 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $14,267 - #34 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $20,057 - #31 among listed countries

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Kamyq // Pixabay

#32. Poland

Primary school starting salary: $15,600 - #32 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $25,553 - #28 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $15,600 - #33 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $25,553 - #28 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $15,600 - #33 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $25,553 - #28 among listed countries

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Frettie // Wikimedia Commons

#31. Czech Republic

Primary school starting salary: $18,944 - #31 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $21,007 - #29 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $18,953 - #31 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $21,049 - #29 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $18,971 - #31 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $21,044 - #30 among listed countries

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Glacierfanclub // Wikimedia Commons

#30. Greece

Primary school starting salary: $19,374 - #30 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $25,998 - #27 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $19,374 - #30 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $25,998 - #27 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $19,374 - #30 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $25,998 - #27 among listed countries

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Bladyniec // Wikimedia Commons

#29. Lithuania

Primary school starting salary: $19,385 - #29 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $19,696 - #32 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $19,385 - #29 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $19,696 - #32 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $19,385 - #29 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $19,696 - #32 among listed countries

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EU2017EE Estonian Presidency // Wikimedia Commons

#28. Estonia

Primary school starting salary: $19,529 - #28 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Lower secondary school starting salary: $19,529 - #28 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Upper secondary school starting salary: $19,529 - #28 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available

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Taboadahdez //Flickr

#27. Mexico

Primary school starting salary: $19,893 - #27 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $31,686 - #23 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $25,401 - #24 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $40,595 - #18 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $49,286 - #4 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $60,886 - #6 among listed countries

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Israel Defence Forces // Wikimedia Commons

#26. Israel

Primary school starting salary: $20,051 - #26 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $30,322 - #24 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $20,159 - #27 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $33,442 - #24 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $20,666 - #27 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $30,580 - #25 among listed countries

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Escuela Barreales // Wikimedia Commons

#25. Chile

Primary school starting salary: $23,429 - #25 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $34,231 - #22 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $23,429 - #26 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $34,231 - #23 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $24,028 - #26 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $35,111 - #22 among listed countries

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F Delventhal // Flickr

#24. Costa Rica

Primary school starting salary: $23,888 - #24 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $30,304 - #25 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $24,893 - #25 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $31,580 - #25 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $24,893 - #25 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $31,580 - #24 among listed countries

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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly // Flickr

#23. Turkey

Primary school starting salary: $26,219 - #23 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $28,835 - #26 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $26,219 - #23 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $28,835 - #26 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $26,219 - #24 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $28,835 - #26 among listed countries

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CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation // Wikimedia Commons

#22. Slovenia

Primary school starting salary: $26,823 - #22 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $40,351 - #18 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $26,823 - #22 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $40,351 - #19 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $26,823 - #23 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $40,351 - #19 among listed countries

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OSCE Parliamentary Assembly // Flickr

#21. Italy

Primary school starting salary: $28,514 - #21 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $34,445 - #21 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $30,739 - #19 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $37,530 - #21 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $30,739 - #19 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $38,581 - #20 among listed countries

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Reiner Girsch // Flickr

#20. France

Primary school starting salary: $29,516 - #20 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $35,963 - #20 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $31,003 - #17 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $37,450 - #22 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $31,003 - #18 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $37,450 - #21 among listed countries

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US Embassy // Flickr

#19. New Zealand

Primary school starting salary: $30,254 - #19 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $46,337 - #13 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $30,746 - #18 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $46,963 - #14 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $31,238 - #17 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $47,589 - #16 among listed countries

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Michael Goodine // Flickr

#18. Korea

Primary school starting salary: $30,395 - #18 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $53,405 - #8 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $30,455 - #21 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $53,465 - #8 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $29,738 - #22 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $52,747 - #11 among listed countries

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elmimmo // Wikimedia Commons

#17. Japan

Primary school starting salary: $30,631 - #17 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $51,593 - #9 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $30,631 - #20 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $51,593 - #11 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $30,631 - #20 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $51,593 - #13 among listed countries

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Adam Jones // Wikimedia Commons

#16. Portugal

Primary school starting salary: $32,887 - #16 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $42,489 - #16 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $32,887 - #16 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $42,489 - #17 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $32,887 - #16 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $42,489 - #18 among listed countries

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Jari Sjölund // Flickr

#15. Finland

Primary school starting salary: $33,408 - #15 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $40,991 - #17 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $36,081 - #13 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $44,271 - #15 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $38,261 - #13 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $47,789 - #15 among listed countries

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Code Teacher // IMDB

#14. Ireland

Primary school starting salary: $33,962 - #14 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $59,459 - #6 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $33,962 - #15 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $60,053 - #6 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $33,962 - #15 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $60,053 - #7 among listed countries

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David Stanley // Flickr

#13. Iceland

Primary school starting salary: $35,756 - #13 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $39,477 - #19 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $35,756 - #14 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $39,477 - #20 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $30,347 - #21 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $32,706 - #23 among listed countries

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Håkan Dahlström // Flickr

#12. Sweden

Primary school starting salary: $36,689 - #12 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $43,201 - #15 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $37,566 - #12 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $43,827 - #16 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $37,566 - #14 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $44,891 - #17 among listed countries

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Eriksw // Wikimedia Commons

#11. Netherlands

Primary school starting salary: $38,923 - #11 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $58,036 - #7 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $41,309 - #7 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $72,778 - #3 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $41,309 - #9 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $72,778 - #3 among listed countries

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Pedro Lozano // Flickr

#10. Spain

Primary school starting salary: $38,987 - #10 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $45,069 - #14 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $43,565 - #5 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $50,257 - #12 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $43,565 - #6 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $50,257 - #14 among listed countries

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US Dept of Education // Flickr

#9. United States

Primary school starting salary: $39,183 - #9 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $61,028 - #4 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $39,707 - #9 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $63,046 - #5 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $40,517 - #10 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $63,006 - #5 among listed countries

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Thivierr // Wikicommons

#8. Canada

Primary school starting salary: $39,222 - #8 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $65,474 - #3 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $39,222 - #11 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $65,474 - #4 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $39,222 - #12 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $65,474 - #4 among listed countries

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CsanadyES // Wikimedia Commons

#7. Norway

Primary school starting salary: $39,585 - #7 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $47,687 - #12 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $39,585 - #10 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $47,687 - #13 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $47,211 - #5 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $52,171 - #12 among listed countries

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Mitch Altman // Flickr

#6. Austria

Primary school starting salary: $40,548 - #6 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $49,961 - #11 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $40,411 - #8 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $52,538 - #9 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $40,460 - #11 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $57,533 - #9 among listed countries

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Eva Rinaldi // Flickr

#5. Australia

Primary school starting salary: $41,798 - #5 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $59,568 - #5 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $41,800 - #6 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $59,568 - #7 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $41,798 - #8 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $59,568 - #8 among listed countries

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Danmarks Designskole The Danish Design School // Wikimedia Commons

#4. Denmark

Primary school starting salary: $44,919 - #4 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $51,506 - #10 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $45,134 - #4 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $52,183 - #10 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $42,841 - #7 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $55,675 - #10 among listed countries

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Mathwizxp // Wikimedia Commons

#3. Switzerland

Primary school starting salary: $56,351 - #3 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Lower secondary school starting salary: $63,308 - #3 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available
Upper secondary school starting salary: $71,249 - #2 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: no data available

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hannahalkadi // Pixabay

#2. Germany

Primary school starting salary: $56,535 - #2 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $70,693 - #2 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $63,555 - #2 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $76,838 - #2 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $63,866 - #3 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $81,260 - #2 among listed countries

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Christian Ries // Wikimedia Commons

#1. Luxembourg

Primary school starting salary: $70,192 - #1 among listed countries
Primary school salary with 15-years experience: $102,505 - #1 among listed countries
Lower secondary school starting salary: $79,551 - #1 among listed countries
Lower secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $109,734 - #1 among listed countries
Upper secondary school starting salary: $79,551 - #1 among listed countries
Upper secondary school salary with 15-years experience: $109,734 - #1 among listed countries

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