A study held between 2020 and 2021 published by Eurydice within the European Commission revealed that Maltese educators’ starting wages are far less than the European average.
The study stated that a new educator in Malta receives €17,509 annually whilst the average pay is €25,055. The best payment rates in the EU for teachers are offered in Luxembourg at an annual wage of €69,076, Switzerland at €66,972 per year and Germany at €54,129 annually. The worst wages for teachers in the European Union are offered by Bulgaria at a mere €7,731.
When considering the Purchasing Power Standard (PPS) which also considers the cost of living, Maltese teachers earn 19,148, which is much less than the 50,357 earned by German teachers.
Malta is one of the few countries in the European Union which offers the same wages to primary and secondary school teachers and offers less pay to kindergarten teachers.
Despite this, Malta offers substantial increases in pay at a minimum of 60% during the teachers’ careers and, when compared to other countries in the EU, offers the fastest-rising pay increase.