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Secondary School Teacher Career Pathway

Secondary school teachers teach one or more subjects within a prescribed curriculum to secondary school students. They also promote students social, emotional, intellectual and physical development through extra-curricular activities.

What does a Secondary School Teacher do?

Secondary school teachers usually work in a high school environment and administer lessons to students. They teach large classes of students, following curriculum guidelines regarding topics and materials that must be covered within their subject area.

Some of their roles and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the below tasks: 

  • Use a range of teaching techniques and materials to present specialist subject
  • according to the educational curriculum
  • Research, plan and deliver lessons, guide discussions, and supervise work in class
  • Prepare, administer and mark tests, projects and assignments to evaluate students’ progress
  • Discuss progress with students and parents, and seek advice from student counsellors and senior teachers, as appropriate
  • Uphold classroom discipline and throughout the school premises
  • Contribute to staff meetings, educational conferences and workshops
  • Liaise with parent, community and business groups
  • Support out-of-school activities, such as sporting events, school concerts, excursions and special interest programs

How much does a Secondary School Teacher earn?

The average annual salary for a secondary school teacher in Australia is $68,350.

Bonuses may be available in addition to this – the amount received in bonuses depends on the organisation they work for and their experience level.

As a secondary school teacher gains further competencies and progresses through their career, their earning potential generally increases.

Average salary potential

  • Entry level: $63,000
  • Mid-level salary: $75,000
  • Senior salary: $88,700
  • Bonuses: $480 - $6,200

Where do Secondary School Teachers work?

Secondary school teachers work in offices from Monday to Friday business hours. With 77.6% of school secondary school teachers working on a full-time basis.

According to the ABS Labour Force Survey, the average week worked by secondary school teachers are 41.5 hours.


Principal Career Outlook at a glance

Median age is: 42 years old

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Employment level trends & growth

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Secondary school teachers specialise in a particular subject, which they have usually focused on throughout their education, before going on to teach it to students.

What are some related job titles to secondary school teacher?
● Secondary school teacher-librarian


Children using technology in a classroom in New South Wales


What education do you need?

A bachelor degree or higher, usually in education, is generally needed to work in this job.

Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration with the appropriate state or territory board of education may be required.

The next step in your career

Southern Cross University offers a Master of Education available 100% online. Online study is ideal for those balancing all the commitments that are part of full-time work, and a great choice for those who know they want to gain their postgraduate qualification in education, but are unable to attend on-campus courses. 



Australian Standard Classification of Occupations (ASCO) 2nd Edition, ABS Catalogue No. 1220.0, p131.
Occupational Projections, Australian Government Department of Jobs and Small Business
Australian Government Job Outlook 
Payscale Secondary School Teacher Salary


100% Online Education Courses

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