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Primary School Teachers

EMPLOYED

163,000

PART-TIME SHARE

36%

FEMALE SHARE

84%

MEDIAN WEEKLY EARNINGS

$2,000

MEDIAN AGE

39

ANNUAL EMPLOYMENT GROWTH

500

Primary School Teachers teach a range of subjects within a prescribed curriculum to primary school students and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.

  • Teaching literacy, numeracy, social science, creative expression and physical education skills to primary school students
  • Presenting prescribed curriculum using a range of teaching techniques and materials
  • Developing students' interests, abilities and coordination by way of creative activities
  • Guiding discussions and supervising work in class
  • Preparing, administering and marking tests, projects and assignments to evaluate students' progress and recording the results
  • Discussing individual progress and problems with students and parents, and seeking advice from Student Counsellors and senior teachers
  • Maintaining discipline in classrooms and other school areas
  • Participating in staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
  • Liaising with parent, community and business groups
  • Maintaining class and scholastic records
  • Performing extra-curricular tasks such as assisting with sport, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs
  • Supervising student teachers on placement
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    Earnings and Hours

    Weekly Earnings (Before Tax)
    Source: Share of workers who work full-time hours: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Average full-time hours worked per week: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Median full-time earnings per week and Median hourly earnings: ABS, Survey of Employee Earnings and Hours, May 2023, customised report.
    Earnings and Hours Primary School Teachers All Occupations
    Share of workers who work full-time hours 64% 70%
    Average full-time hours worked per week 45 hours 44 hours
    Median full-time earnings per week $2,000 $1,697
    Median hourly earnings $57 $43

    Industries

    Primary School Teachers work in industries like:

    Source: Ranked using ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average data, custom report.

    States and territories

    New South Wales

    32.2%

    Victoria

    26.1%

    Queensland

    19.0%

    South Australia

    6.3%

    Tasmania

    2.2%

    Northern Territory

    1.5%

    Australian Capital Territory

    1.3%

    Source: ABS Labour Force Survey, Detailed, February 2024, Jobs and Skills Australia trend data.

    Age and gender

    Age and Gender Profile
    Source: ABS, Labour Force Survey, 2023, four-quarter average, customised report.
    Age and Gender Primary School Teachers All Occupations
    Median age 39 years 39 years
    Female share of employment 84% 48%
    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Age Profile (% Share) All Occupations Primary School Teachers
    15–19 5.2 0.2
    20–24 9.1 4.6
    25–34 22.7 29.6
    35–44 22.3 26.7
    45–54 20.4 21.2
    55–59 8.8 7.7
    60–64 6.5 6.4
    65 and Over 4.9 3.6

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    Source: ABS, 2021 Census of Population and Housing based on place of usual residence.
    Highest Level of Educational Attainment (% Share) All Occupations Primary School Teachers
    Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate 12.2 24.2
    Bachelor degree 23.2 69.2
    Advanced Diploma/Diploma 11.1 4.3
    Certificate III/IV 19.5 0.3
    Year 12 15.9 0.9
    Year 11 4.0 0.1
    Year 10 and below 9.7 0.1
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