Salary and Benefits

Starting Salaries, Steps and Differentials

The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) offers extremely competitive salaries to newly hired teachers. Salaries are based on prior teaching experience as well as your undergraduate and graduate education. Currently, starting teacher salaries range from $45,530 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $74,796 (master’s degree, 8 years teaching experience). All teacher salaries are listed on the official salary schedule.


Since 2002, starting salaries for NYC public school teachers have increased 43%. Currently, teachers with the maximum combination of experience and coursework on the salary schedule can earn up to $100,049 per year.


NYC teachers earn more based on experience, which translate to salary steps, and coursework above a bachelor’s degree, which equate to salary differentials. Your salary step placement will be based on verification of the experience information you include on your employment application. Salary differentials require a separate application that you complete after you begin teaching. As long as you apply within six months of your start date, any creditable differentials are retroactive to your start date.


Learn more about salary steps and differentials by viewing our multimedia Salary Presentation. You can also visit the Division of Human Resources teacher salary page for more information.  

Receiving your Paycheck

Teacher salaries are annualized (paid out over twelve months) and teachers are paid on or about the 1st and the 16th day of each month. Over the past several years, 99 percent of new teachers received their first paycheck on or about September 15. Most teachers enroll in direct deposit, which is the most timely and efficient way of receiving your pay. More information on applying for direct deposit is provided on the After You're Hired page.

Additional Income

Along with competitive salaries, the NYCDOE offers ways to earn additional income through incentives, bonuses, and school positions outside of the regular contract day. Teachers can earn additional income from after-school, weekend, or summer school employment. This work is paid at a contractual rate which is currently $41.98 per hour.

Medical Benefits

As a city employee, you can select from a variety of health insurance plans, several of which require no employee contributions. Coverage for you and your family (including registered domestic partners) begins on the first day of employment. You and your family will also receive dental, vision, and prescription drug benefits through the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Welfare Fund.

Retirement Benefits

Teachers become members of the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), which provides an allowance in retirement funds to qualified retirees based on your years of service and participation. Teachers are also entitled to both life and disability insurance through the TRS. Membership is mandatory and contributions of 4.85% of your gross salary begin automatically with your first paycheck. You can also contribute to the Tax-Deferred Annuity Program (TDA), a voluntary savings plan, in order to augment your retirement savings.

Union Representation

Teachers are represented by the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), which represents all non-supervisory educators and retirees from the NYC public schools. The UFT negotiates on behalf of teachers for fair and competitive salaries, enhanced professionalism, and improved working conditions.

Employee Discounts

As a New York City public school teacher, you are eligible to receive discounts on a variety of goods and services, including cell phone service, gym memberships and computer equipment/software from Apple and Microsoft. A full list of available discounts is provided on the Teacher Page.