Payment of Salary

Page updated June 2023

Salary Issue

Salary for primary teachers issues every second Thursday from the Department of Education. The payroll period is listed at the top of your payslip.

Permanent and temporary teachers are paid two weeks in arrears. Substitute teachers will sometimes be paid more than two weeks in arrears due to the early closure of the OLCS system for substitute claims.

The DE operate a PayPath facility through which a permanent or fixed-term teacher may opt to have their salary paid directly to a bank or building society account. A pay slip stating gross and net pay and giving details of deductions made from salary (tax, PRSI, VHI, INTO, Comhar Linn, etc) will also be sent directly to an address nominated by the teacher.

The Department of Education have an online contact form for pay related queries at


Teachers can now opt to receive their Payslips electronically. The e-payslip is delivered through the Digital Postbox. Teachers wishing to receive an e-payslip should register for a Digital Postbox and opt to receive the payslip electronically. The Digital Postbox facility allows teachers to create folders and store their payslips.

For further information about registering for an e-payslip click here

In March 2022, INTO held a webinar on Understanding Your Payslip and E-Payslips. Click here to view the webinar.


Government Departments are authorised under existing financial procedures to seek the refund of overpayments. The entitlement to recover overpayments is provided for in Rule 107 (2) of the Rules for National Schools.

When a teacher has been overpaid it is normal practice for the Department of Education Financial Section to contact the teacher in order to arrange for the recovery of the overpayment, either through a lump sum or instalments.

A teacher who becomes aware that they are being overpaid should contact the DE at the earliest opportunity.

For further information refer to Circular 84/2015

Understanding your payslip

The deductions on teachers’ payslip are explained in detail in an article the Feburary/March 2023 InTouch, here.

Still have questions?

Submit your query by email to INTO. Please include your payroll or membership number.