- A newly appointed teacher will automatically get pay increases based on steps with continuous service up to Step 8B.
- A newly appointed teacher must apply for pay increases based on differentials.
- A newly appointed teacher must apply for salary step credit for prior outside teaching service and for teaching experience within the New York City Department of Education.
- Before applying for a differential or salary step credit for prior teaching experience, speak to your chapter leader or to a salary expert at your UFT borough office.
How to read the salary schedule
Listed vertically down the left-hand side of the schedule are salary steps. An employee will move one step for each semester of satisfactory service. Listed horizontally across the top of each salary schedule are the salary differentials. An employee is eligible to move horizontally across the schedule as s/he increases her/his level of learning.
Steps: If you teach without interruption, you can move through the steps at the rate of two steps per year (e.g. 1A and 1B) for each year you work, increasing your earnings up to Step 8B. You will automatically receive pay increases based on your anniversary/equated date of hire and on March 1.
Longevity Increases: After your fifth year and at intervals thereafter, you will receive “longevity”increments — also called “longevities.” These come after you have taught in New York City for 5, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 years. These are indicated along the vertical axis of the schedule. Please view our article titled "what is a longevity salary increase."
Differentials: Salary differentials are granted for credits you earn beyond your bachelor’s degree including CLEP exams. These are shown along the horizontal axis. You may be entitled to more than one differential at a time. These combinations are shown in the top row of the salary schedule. Each differential can add thousands of dollars to your annual earnings — permanently — and cumulative differentials can make a big difference in your earning power.
For additional questions regarding salary steps or salary differentials, please contact the Office of Salary Services directly at 718-935-4000.