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Salary Step Eligibility Requirements

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Who is eligible for a salary step increase?
What type of prior professional experience qualifies for a salary step increase?

How many years of credit am I eligible for based upon my prior experience?
How will my prior employment be verified?


Who is eligible for a salary step increase?
All full-time New York City public school teachers (except day-to-day substitute teachers and paraprofessionals), school secretaries, laboratory specialists, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers can apply for an increase in salary step.

Full-time employees fall into two categories:

(1) Appointed Employees (sometimes referred to as regularly appointed)

  • Are eligible for salary step placement based upon both prior teaching experience and prior non-teaching experience for certain licenses (see below)
  • Automatically advance to the next salary step twice each year, in March and on their equate date

(2) Non-appointed Employees (sometimes referred to as regular substitutes)

  • May be eligible for salary step placement based on prior teaching experience performed outside of the NYC Department of Education (up to a maximum of three years of credit)
  • Are not assigned an equate date but automatically advance to the next salary step after 85 days worked, up to a maximum of step 4A

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What type of prior professional experience qualifies for a salary step increase?
The NYC Department of Education applies three types of prior experience for salary step increases:

  1. Prior teaching experience performed for the NYC Department of Education (DOE) 
  2. Prior teaching experience performed outside the NYC Department of Education
  3. Prior related non-teaching experience

(1) Prior Teaching Experience Performed for the NYC Department of Education:

Appointed teachers with prior DOE experience are eligible to receive salary step credit for satisfactory service in Pre-K–12 day schools or adult education. Service in summer or evening schools is not accepted.

Prior per diem service is creditable only if you worked at least 85 aggregate days (per diem service is only credited in blocks of 85 days). For every block of 85 days worked, one term of credit will be awarded.

Non-appointed teachers cannot receive credit for per diem service.

(2) Prior Teaching Experience Performed Outside the NYC Department of Education:

To receive salary step credit, outside teaching experience must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Paid
  • Full time
  • Regular (not per diem or per session)
  • Minimum length of one complete school term (semester)
  • Rated Satisfactory
  • Performed in an accredited day school, in grades K-12
  • Performed after conferral of the bachelor’s degree

Note:

  • Teachers of common branches, early childhood, homebound, and special education may claim regular Pre-K teaching service.
  • Full-time teaching service at an institution of higher learning may be claimed and, if found eligible, will be awarded at a rate of one semester of service for one year of full-time college teaching. (Note: Adjunct and/or part-time college teaching is not accepted.)

(3) Prior Related Non-Teaching Experience (including satisfactory, related experience performed in the military service)

If you are teaching in one of the following license areas, you may qualify for prior allowable related non-teaching experience salary credit:   

  • Accounting and Business Practices
  • Attendance Teacher
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Distributive Education
  • Earth Science
  • Home Economics
  • Industrial Arts
  • Library
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science
  • Shop Subjects/Trades
  • Special Education Licenses (all)
  • Stenography and/or Typewriting
  • Technical Subjects

To receive salary step credit, the claimed related, non-teaching experience must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Full time
  • Minimum length of one calendar year
  • In a position that is reasonably related to your Department of Education license area
  • Performed prior to the date of appointment

Teachers of some career and technical education subjects (known as "trade teachers") may be eligible for salary step credit based upon their experience as a practitioner of their trade. One such example of this professional experience is completion of the Success Via Apprenticeship (SVA) program - an internship program offered jointly by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and NYC DOE. If you are a teacher of a career or technical education subject and need additional guidance as to whether or not your prior work experience qualifies you for a salary step increase, please call the Office of Salary Services directly: (718) 935-4000.

Please note: Service as a paraprofessional or as a teacher's aide is not creditable for salary credit.

Please contact the Office of Salary Services for information in reference to all other titles; for example, guidance counselor, school social workers, school psychologist, or school secretary.

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How many years of credit am I eligible for based on my prior experience?
Appointed teachers are eligible to receive credit for a maximum of seven and a half years of prior qualifying professional experience (up to salary step 8B).

Appointed school secretaries, lab specialists, guidance counselors, school psychologists, and school social workers are eligible to receive credit for a maximum of five years of prior qualifying professional experience (up to salary step 6A).

Non-appointed staff are eligible to receive credit for a maximum of three years of prior non-DOE professional experience (salary step 4A).
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How will my prior employment be verified?
The New York City Department of Education’s Division of Human Resources, or its representative, will contact your previous employers directly to verify all prior experience. You may contact former employers to alert them that the division will be requesting verification of the stated work experience. Please note: If prior experience cannot be verified, the salary step increase will not be granted or will be revoked.
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