Ghana Education Service (GES) Salary Structure 2021

Ghana Education Service (GES) Salary Structure 2021

In this article, we will be showing the Ghana Education Service (GES) salary structure. They have been a lot of queries with regards to the GES salary structure and pay scale. It might interest you to know that staff under the GES are paid using the single spine salary structure (SSS).

Ghana Education Service (GES) Salary Structure 2021

But before we talk about how much teachers earn in the Ghana Education Service, we have to first understand what the single salary structure (SSS) entails.

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What is the Single Spine Salary Structure?

The single spine salary structure was introduced for public workers and that includes those in the teaching services. The salary structure as a system came to replace the former Ghana Universal Salary Structure (GUSS) in 2010.

With the introduction of the SSS structure, the pay structure of public workers in Ghana was totally overhauled. It was introduced to bring satisfaction to staff under government payroll. The Single Spine Salary structure is based on the Spine Pay Policy that is based on a system that awards workers based on different levels of pay depending on the basis of qualification.

The pay structure also rewards workers based on their level of experience and the type of tasks they perform. The reward is presented as salaries and a pay rise during a promotion.

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It is also worthy of note that the Ghanaian Single Spine Salary structure is quite different from the orthodox spine pay structure. This is because the orthodox single spine salary structure offers the same pay grade for all workers.

In the Ghana system, the structure is used differently by sectors of the civil service and therefore workers are paid using different grades individually. Just like every other public sector, the Ghana Education Service (GES) employs this pay structure in paying teachers.

Ghana Education Service (GES) Salary Structure


With the knowledge of the Single Spine Salary Structure, lets now take a lot at how much teachers earn in Ghana.

Before the single spine salary structure was implemented, this is how much Ghanaian teachers were paid.

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Teachers below or equal to the rank of a principal superintendent in GES earned between 100 – 400 GH¢.

Teachers above the level of principal superintendent earned between 500 – 800 GH¢.

Following the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure, they was a pay rise based on the ranks in Ghana Education Service.

Teachers below or equal to the level of a principal superintendent in GES earned between 500 – 800 GH¢ in 2014.

Teachers above the level of principal superintendent earned between 900 – 1200 GH¢ in 2014.

According to an article published by yen.com.gh, in 2011 Single Spine Salary Structure level 16 was GH¢ 56,531,783, GH¢58,227,736 and GH¢59,974,568.

It is also important to note that the minimum wage was increased by 11%in 2018 which means the teacher’s salary also increased.

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