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Your paycheck

It’s important to check your pay stub to be sure you are getting the correct salary with the proper deductions.

To verify that you are getting the right amount on each paycheck, most members (pedagogues & paraprofessionals) should look for the words “RECURRING GROSS” and multiply that number by 24 (the total number of pay periods each year). That number should equal the gross amount you expect based on your years of service (salary step) and approved differentials or college credits.

Other titles such as nurses, therapists, education analysts and other H-bank titles are paid bi-weekly instead of semi-monthly, and receive 26 checks annually. They must take their recurring gross, divide by 14 and then multiply by 365 to get their gross annual salary, including their experience differential. That amount does not include their longevities or education differentials if applicable, which must be calculated separately.

If you think your salary is incorrect, talk to your payroll secretary, then check with a salary rep in your UFT borough office.

Common deduction codes

The city Department of Education (DOE) makes deductions for federal, state and local income taxes, Social Security and other items. Your pay stub will indicate the amount deducted for each item during that pay period and also will show you a cumulative total for the calendar year. Here are some abbreviations for common deductions:

  • Voluntary UFT COPE Contribution
    This is a contribution you volunteered to make to support the union’s lobbying and political action program.
  • Pension Contributions
    These contributions into your qualified pension plan are dependent on your date of membership in the Teachers Retirement System.
  • Union Dues
    This allocation funds union services. 
  • Tax-deferred annuity
    Members of the Teachers' Retirement System may voluntarily participate in the Tax-Deferred Annuity Program.
  • Tax-deferred Annuity Goal
    This is your annual TDA savings goal.
  • Tax-deferred Annuity Balance
    This is how much is left to save before you reach your annual TDA savings goal.
  • Cumulative Absence Reserve (CAR)
    This shows how many days, hours and minutes you have available in your Cumulative Absence Reserve. Based on the amount of time worked, each employee earns sick leave that can be used as needed for days of illness. 

Optional deductions and codes

You can choose to have additional deductions taken from your salary:

  • Health insurance
    If you enrolled in a cost-free health plan, the stub will say, for example, HIP or GHI, with no amount. If you are paying for additional benefits, there would be a charge; for example, the stub might say GHI-CBP for the GHI Comprehensive Benefits Plan.
  • Flexible Spending Account
    These are pretax deductions for dependent care expenses and uncovered medical costs.
  • Transit Benefit Program
    Employees can enroll, update and cancel their participation through the DOE’s Payroll Employee Self-Service Application website. The pay stub code is COMM NO FEE.
  • NYSUT insurance plans
    You can opt to pay for certain benefits, such as insurance against catastrophic illness, through our state affiliate, New York State United Teachers. Any options you select from the NYSUT Member Benefits Trust will show up on the pay stub as “UFT insurance.” NYSUT Member Benefits (800) 626-8101.

DOE payroll portal

You can access your salary information, sick day balance and print your pay stubs by accessing a self-service employee system available through the internet. Log on to the payroll portal with your DOE email ID.

Direct deposit

Members must have their paychecks deposited directly into their personal savings or checking account through the department’s Electronic Fund Transfer Program. You can enroll online. Download the form and submit it directly to the department’s Payroll Division with supporting documents.

Problems with your paycheck?

Delays in getting paid? Errors in the payment amount? Call us! The UFT can help you cut through the red tape and resolve paycheck problems with the DOE.