Salary

How and When to Apply for a Salary Step

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When should I apply for a salary step?

How do I apply for a salary step?
What happens after I submit an application; how am I notified of a decision?
What happens if I submit a salary step application after the due date?

When should I apply for a salary step?
Immediately after completing an online application for employment, prospective teachers and school-based staff should access the online salary step application to apply for salary step placement. The prior work experience a prospective employee reports in his/her online application for employment is automatically fed to the online salary step application. It is the responsibility of the prospective employee to access his/her record within the salary step application and verify that the information it received from the online application for employment is accurate. It is very important that the information you report in your salary step application is correct as it will be used to place you on the appropriate salary step.

You must submit your salary step application no later than two weeks prior to your start date.  This will ensure that you are placed on the correct salary step on your first day of work.  Without this application in place on this date, you will be placed on the lowest salary step – even if qualified for a higher salary step – until a completed application is submitted.
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How do I apply for a salary step?
After you have submitted your online application for employment, access the online salary step application. You will be asked to verify or correct the prior professional experience you reported in your online application for employment.
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What happens after I submit an application; how am I notified of a decision?
It takes approximately two to four weeks to evaluate the prior work experience you reported in your salary step application. The email address you provide in your application will be used to periodically send you status updates of your application throughout the processing cycle, and will ultimately be used to communicate what salary step you have been placed on.  This will be communicated via the Certificate of Salary Status which will come as an attachment in an email.

  • Appointed Teachers: Your Certificate of Salary Status will list the salary step on which you have been placed as well as the effective date of the salary step assignment and your equate date. This equate date is one of two dates in which you will automatically advance to the next salary step each year (the other is on March 1).

  • Non-appointed Teachers: Your Certificate of Salary Status will list the salary step on which you have been placed (up to a maximum of 4A) as well as its effective date. Keep in mind that non-appointed staff are not assigned an equate date.

Click to see our guide for understanding your Certificate of Salary Status. Be sure to keep your certificate for reference purposes.

The salary corresponding to the salary step you have been assigned will appear in your paycheck within one to two pay periods.
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What happens if I submit a salary step application after the due date?

If you fail to submit your salary step application at least two weeks before your start date, you will be placed on the lowest salary step (step 1A) even if qualified for a higher salary step.  Once your salary step application is received, the Office of Salary Services will review it to determine if you qualify for additional salary credit.  If you do qualify, your new salary step will be retroactive to the date of your appointment.  The corresponding salary step increase will be reflected in your paycheck within 4-6 weeks, and any retroactive monies you are owed will appear in a paycheck approximately 3 pay cycles later.
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If you have questions about applying for a salary step, please contact HR Connect at (718) 935-4000.