Salary & Benefits
Make a living doing what you love. All teachers in New York City public schools receive a professional salary and competitive benefits package, earning more for additional experience and coursework, or for taking on new responsibilities.
For 2016-17, starting salaries for teachers will range from $54,000 (bachelor’s degree, no prior teaching experience) to $84,694 (master’s degree, eight years teaching experience, plus additional coursework). New teachers with a master’s degree but no prior teaching experience earned $60,704. 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.
Your salary step placement, which determines the pay increase given to teachers with prior experience, will be finalized after you are hired. To receive a salary differential, which is a pay increase awarded for additional coursework taken or degrees earned beyond a bachelor’s, you must fill out a separate application after you begin teaching. Any differentials you earn will be applied retroactively, as long as you apply within six months of your start date.
To learn more about how salaries are determined, or to view a full salary schedule, please visit the Division of Human Resources' teacher salary page.
Teachers can select from a variety of health insurance plans, several of which require no employee contributions. Coverage for teachers and their families (including registered domestic partners) begins on the first day of employment. Teachers also receive dental, vision, and prescription drug benefits through the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Welfare Fund. To learn more, please visit the New York City Department of Education’s Human Resources page.
The Teachers’ Retirement System of the City of New York (TRS)—one of the largest pension systems in the country—provides New York City public school teachers with retirement, disability and death benefit services. Teachers can also opt into our Tax-Deferred Annuity Program, a supplemental retirement plan that allows members to defer taxes on their contributions and any investment earnings from those contributions until they withdraw the money as income.