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Your Career

Our school system is a city within a city. Nowhere else will you find as many opportunities to explore your interests and apply your talents. Craft a varied, long-term career that challenges you professionally and rewards you personally.

Find a school that’s a good fit

Our 1,800 schools are as diverse as our students and the distinctive neighborhoods we serve. Many are neighborhood schools with deep roots in their local community, while others are small thematic schools that draw students from across the city and offer nationally renowned instruction. In 2015, 11 of our high schools ranked among the top 100 in the country. All hires are made with the mutual consent of both teachers and principals, rather than by central assignment. Teachers can choose a school that fits their teaching philosophy, and can flexibly transfer among schools as their interests and circumstances change. 

Build a career that excites you

We believe teachers should have regular opportunities to grow, whether they’re in their first year or their twentieth. Within the classroom, teachers have dedicated time for professional development during the school week. Teachers can draw upon innovative partnerships with the city’s leading institutions, such as the New York Hall of Science and the American Museum of Natural History. Beyond the classroom, teachers can step into a teacher leadership role to develop their peers, represent their colleagues as a Big Apple Fellow or pursue further education through our Scholarship Program.

Earn a professional salary

For 2016-17, new teachers with a master’s degree but no prior teaching experience will earn $58,062. Overall, starting salaries will range from $51,650 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $81,346 (master’s degree, eight years teaching experience, plus additional coursework). Teachers’ salaries increase each year for more experience as well as education. In addition, from 2015 to 2018, all salary steps will increase about 13 percent, with the most experienced teachers earning $119,000 annually.

Not a teacher?

Bring your talents to our schools in a wide range of roles, such as a paraprofessional, substitute teacher, school counselor or social worker. To learn more about and apply for those opportunities, visit Other School Positions or the NYCDOE careers website