Salary Differentials

Certain pedagogic titles are eligible to receive salary differentials (i.e., salary increases) upon exceeding the minimum education level required for their positions. Receiving the differential, however, is not automatic. Even though a prospective employee was required to report his or her education in his or her application for employment, a separate salary differential application must be submitted to the Office of Salary Services to be considered for this increase in pay.

Important Notes:

The following are unacceptable for salary credit:

  1. Professional development courses taken through a third party vendor and then transferred to an accredited college or university are unacceptable
  2. Professional development courses taken at a college or university

FEMA policy update (1/14/15): The NYCDOE will no longer accept FEMA course credit as of January 9, 2016.  For salary applications received after this date, credit may only be granted for FEMA courses that meet the following criteria and on the following basis: 

  • Documentation must be provided that the course was completed no later than January 8, 2016. Acceptable forms of documentation include a FEMA transcript and/or Certificate of Completion with date. 
  • The course must be credited on a transcript no later than the Spring 2016 term; credits corresponding to a term later than Spring 2016 will not be accepted. 
  • Credit will be granted for courses meeting the above criteria on a one-for-one basis consistent with the credit conversion rate in effect as of January 8, 2016. 

For questions, contact HR Connect at (718) 935-4000.

Click on these links for information on:

Salary Differential Eligibility

Find the answers to questions like: 

  • Who is eligible to apply for a salary differential?
  • What type of academic experience does and does not qualify for the various salary differentials?

How and When to Apply for a Salary Differential

Find the answers to questions like: 

  • When should I apply for a salary differential?
  • What supporting documentation must I include in my salary differential application?
  • Where can I get assistance in completing the application?
  • How do I submit the application, and what happens next?

Salary Schedules

View salary schedules that list salary amounts corresponding to each salary step and differential.

Salary Differential Frequently Asked Questions
All of the information about salary differentials can be found in the links above. However, you can view the most common questions here.

Salary Differential Application

Access and submit your online salary differential application.