Average teacher salary crosses €1,100 mark
The average monthly salary of teachers of municipal schools climbed above €1,100 for the first time in November 2015, Spokespeople for Ministry of Education and Research said.
The average salary of a full-time teacher working in a municipal school was 1,111 euros in November last year, as municipalities’ accounts show. This is 9.8% more than in November the previous year.
Teachers got paid more than €1,100 a month in 66 municipalities, and almost three in four municipalities paid them more than €1,000 a month on average. 62% of municipalities used their own budgets to top up the teachers’ salaries in addition to the money the government provided.
The highest average teacher salary in Estonia at €1,717 a month was registered in November in the Sauga municipality of Pärnu County. Nearby Tori paid a maximum of €1,354, Narva-Jõesuu €1,308, and Lasna in Võru County €1,253.
Minister of Education and Research Jürgen Ligi said the goal was to raise teachers’ pay to a level equaling 120% of the national average salary by 2019.
Estonia has a national minimum salary for teachers. The smallest amount schools can pay to a full-time teacher per month was €900 euros in 2015 and is €958 this year.