Base salary: $62,750
A DPS teacher with a bachelor’s degree and 10 years of experience with positive evaluations who does not earn any incentives would earn $62,750. This would grow by $3,500 to $66,250 if all 10 years’ experience are in DPS.
Typical for DPS: $65,250-$69,000
Based on current data, 72% of DPS teachers would earn at least one $2,500 incentive. So a teacher with a bachelor’s degree, 10 years of experience with positive reviews and a $2,500 incentive for serving in a high-poverty school or a hard-to-fill position would earn $65,250. This would grow by $3,500 to $68,750 if all 10 years’ experience are in DPS.
The $65,250 salary is higher than the salary for a teacher with comparable experience and education in Jefferson County or Aurora and slightly behind Cherry Creek ($65,684). However, in Cherry Creek, the teacher would be capped at this salary without further education while Denver has no salary caps. Note: In DPS, 39% of teachers have a bachelor’s degree.
A DPS teacher with a master’s degree, 10 years of experience with positive reviews and a $2,500 incentive would earn $69,000. This would grow by $3,500 to $72,500 if all 10 years’ experience are in DPS. Note: More than half of DPS teachers have a master’s degree.
Additional pay opportunities
Teachers in DPS have various opportunities to earn additional pay and this would continue under the district’s pay proposal.
Annual incentives for serving in high-poverty schools and hard-to-fill positions: Add $2,500-$5,000
- Based on current data, 72% of DPS teachers would earn at least one $2,500 incentive, as reflected in the “typical for DPS” example above. This includes the 36% of DPS teachers who would earn at least two $2,500 incentives or $5,000.
Annual incentives for participating in the district’s teacher leadership program: Add $800 to $5,000
- Currently in DPS, 1 in 5 teachers participate in the teacher leadership program, where they coach and collaborate with other teachers in their schools. Incentives range from $800 for new teacher ambassadors up to $5,000 for senior team leads. Most participants earn at least $1,500.
Annual incentive for serving in highest-priority schools: Add $2,500
- Under the proposed pay plan, 30 DPS schools would be defined as “highest-priority” schools because of the significant challenges they face. Educators who teach in these schools and return to teach the next year would receive an additional $2,500 bonus in the fall. This reflects the district’s belief in attracting and keeping strong teachers in our most challenging schools.
Salary increase for advanced education, credentials and service in DPS: Add $3,500-$17,500
- The district’s pay proposal creates five ways a DPS teacher can add another $3,500 to their annual salary: earn a master’s degree, earn a master’s degree plus 30 college credits, earn an advanced license, earn National Board teaching certification or serve 10 consecutive years in DPS classrooms. Currently, two-thirds of Denver teachers have achieved at least one of these milestones.