What is a teacher salary schedule? It’s a document showing how teachers will be paid over a 30-year career.
When school districts and teachers’ unions negotiate contracts over teacher pay, they exchange proposed salary schedules to show what they want teacher pay to look like.
So DPS’ proposed salary schedule is intended to be a predictable and transparent way for teachers to see how their pay will grow over time.
Like teacher salary schedules nationwide, the district’s proposed schedule is based on a system of what are commonly called “steps” and “lanes.”
In Denver, where voters approved a groundbreaking teacher pay plan created by district and union leaders in 2005, the proposed salary schedule — and teacher pay in general — looks a little different than most.
That’s because DPS teachers can substantially increase their pay by making decisions about where they teach, what they teach and how long they stay in a school. Read the FAQ below to learn more.