Salaries for the vital professions have been a topic of discussion for years.

But exactly how high (or low) are the wages for these positions?

This week we take a closer look at the salary of a primary school teacher.

They play an important role in your childhood and teach you your first important life lessons: you will never forget the teachers you had in primary school.

Without the 166,000 primary school teachers that our country has according to Statistics Netherlands, we would be nowhere.

But what do they actually earn?

What is the salary of a primary school teacher?

As with any job, that depends on the scale you are in, says Jelmer Evers, vice president of the General Education Union (AOb) and portfolio holder of primary education for the union.

"In the CLA for primary education you have three scales. If you have just graduated from the teacher training college, you will be classified in scale L10, which starts at EUR 2,678 gross and continues up to EUR 4,113. Then you have scale L11, which runs to EUR 4,434. , and then scale L12, with a maximum of EUR 5,070. "

"Compared to comparable professions in other sectors, the salary of primary school teachers is also relatively low."

Jelmer Evers, vice president of the General Education Union

Can you easily take steps?

In principle, the system allows it, says Evers.

"The collective labor agreement describes very clearly what you must meet in order to enter a certain scale. Scale L11 assumes, for example, in-depth specializations and more responsibilities within the school. With L12 you have to think of responsibilities that extend beyond the school, such as implementing educational research at colleges and universities and setting up extracurricular collaboration with the (academic) teacher training college for supervision of - for example - trainees. "

So much for the theory, how does it work in practice?

In practice, in the Netherlands it is very dependent on your employer whether you simply continue to grow.

"Unfortunately, we see this reflected in studies. Some school boards are doing very well, others are lagging behind. If a school has a lot of turnover, you unfortunately often see this reflected in the quality of education. It all depends on each other."

Why does a high school teacher earn more?

The gap between the salaries of primary school teachers and secondary school teachers is significant.

"In secondary education you have a scale from LB to LD. If you compare 'our' highest scale L12 with scale LD, there is a difference of almost 600 euros. That is wrong, because you do comparable work and have completed a similar education. Compared to comparable professions in other sectors, the salary of primary school teachers is also relatively low. "

“I have colleagues with classes of 34 students.

If you compare that with the salary, it will not work out well. ”

Jelmer Evers, vice president of the General Education Union

What could be better?

Even before the corona crisis, there was a significant teacher shortage, which puts a lot of pressure on the profession.

"Particularly in schools with a more difficult pupil population, we see that teachers are looking for less workload; outside the school or outside the field. Compared to other European countries, Dutch teachers work a lot of hours and have large classes; I have colleagues with classes from 34 students. If you compare that against the salary, it will not work out well. "

What exactly is going well?

There are also good developments.

In recent years, for example, more attention has been paid to individual development, with training budgets, teacher grants and hours made available for this, says Evers.

And the big advantage of working in education?

The many holidays!

However?

Evers nuances that.

"Contrary to popular belief, many teachers continue to work during their holidays. On balance, they often work as many hours as the rest of the Netherlands - if there are no more. But you can see that teachers also have great satisfaction from their work. It's a wonderful job that matters. "