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In addition to the regular pay increases negotiated in each city Department of Education-UFT contract, UFT-represented teachers and other pedagogues receive differentials, step payments and longevity increases based on their level of education and years of service.

The contract for each job title contains a salary schedule that calculates the new salaries when each negotiated pay increase takes effect. Under the 2018 contract, which runs until 2021, UFT-represented employees will receive an increase of 2.5% effective May 14, 2020, and 3% effective May 14, 2021.

Eligible UFT-represented employees will also receive the remaining lump-sum payment negotiated as part of the 2014 contract. That lump-sum payment, in October 2020, represents 25% of the money owed to UFT-represented employees because they did not receive raises in 2009 and 2010.

The UFT contract provides for more money as you spend more time on the job (in what are called longevities and steps) and also allows you to earn more money as you attain more education credits (in what are called differentials). You may also be able to get salary credit for teaching experience elsewhere or for other relevant experience. These contractual provisions can translate to thousands of dollars each year.

You can view your salary schedule and use the union’s new online salary calculator to calculate your salary on the UFT website. Call 212-331-6311 if you need help interpreting the schedule.

It’s worth checking the salary schedule, particularly if you are a new teacher, to make sure you have been given credit for all your education and all your experience. You must apply for a salary differential or credit for outside work experience within six months of completing coursework or receiving your appointment.

Longevities come after teaching in New York City public schools for five, 10, 13, 15, 18, 20 and 22 years.

Teachers, other pedagogues and paraprofessionals are paid semimonthly, on or about the first and the 16th of each month. Nurses, therapists, education analysts and other H-bank titles are paid biweekly and receive 26 checks annually.

If you have any questions about your salary or believe you are being paid incorrectly, talk to your payroll secretary and then check with a UFT salary representative.

On the last day of school, teachers and other Q-bank titles receive five checks or five check stubs for direct deposit: one for the end of June, two for July and two for August.

Throughout the school year, teachers and other titles can also apply to work per-session activities that occur either before school, after school, on weekends or holidays, or during the summer. Teachers are paid at the per-session hourly rate of $51.13.

See more information about salary differentials, salary steps, longevity increases and per-session work.