The amount of your paycheck depends on:
- The salary schedule that the union and the city negotiate in the contract
- Years of approved prior teaching experience outside the New York City Department of Education and in some situations for related non-teaching experience
- How long you have been teaching in the New York City Department of Education
- Credits and degrees you earn beyond your bachelor’s degree
How much will you earn?
Your salary is calculated based on your job title, the number of credits and degrees you've earned and how much experience you have.
The UFT salary schedule allows you to earn more money — thousands of dollars more each year — as you spend more time on the job (in what are called steps) and as you earn more education credits (in what are called differentials).
Newly appointed teachers automatically get pay increases based on steps with continuous service up to Step 8B (for regular substitutes, up to Step 4A).
Newly appointed teachers and non-appointed regular substitute teachers must apply for pay increases based on differentials.
Find out about salary increases you'll earn based on your years of experience in the public school system.
Find out about salary increases you'll earn based on your professional experience.
Find out about salary increases you'll earn based on academic credits you acquire.
Find out about the pay for educators serving on a day-to-day basis, including substitute teachers.
Find out about additional salary you can earn for activities outside the regular school day.
Help from your UFT borough office
If you have questions or if your claim for a salary differential or a salary step has been denied and you want to challenge that decision, please contact your UFT borough office on school days between 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. and ask to speak to a salary representative.