Applying for differentials
Differentials are not automatically awarded. You must apply for them in order to receive a salary raise. You cannot apply for a salary differential until you have been offered a teaching position and placed on payroll as a full-time, appointed teacher.
The DOE’s differential application process
The DOE’s Office of Salary Services (OSS), uses an online salary differential application process for all teachers.
You must have a DOE email address to access the online application - you will receive this once you have been hired and placed on payroll as an appointed teacher.
Once the online application is completed, the application must be printed. A tracking number is assigned to the application. Transcripts still must be submitted to the DOE.
Original transcripts along with the application are to be submitted to 65 Court Street, Room 102, Brooklyn, New York 11201. Members who hand-deliver their application will get a receipt. The DOE strongly suggests that members send their applications with a return receipt if they cannot hand-deliver them.
Members will electronically receive a Certificate of Salary Status when the differential is processed.
With this new online process, members no longer need to resubmit their transcripts each time they apply for another differential.
Get help applying
The UFT provides assistance to members in completing salary differential applications. As a first step, you should speak to your school’s chapter leader. If you still have questions after you speak with your chapter leader, the UFT has five borough offices, which are open on school days between the hours of 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Please note that the UFT borough offices will only support you after you have been placed on payroll as a full-time appointed teacher.
- Bronx Office 718-379-6200
- Brooklyn 718-852-4900
- Manhattan 212-598-6800
- Queens 718-275-4400
- Staten Island 718-605-1400