Since 2002, starting salaries for NYC public school teachers have increased 43 percent.
Once Fellows are hired as full-time teachers in New York City public schools they are eligible for the same starting salary and benefits as other teachers. Fellows also receive additional financial benefits, including a stipend during pre-service training. Fellows may also be eligible to receive an AmeriCorps Education Award.
During the 2015 – 2016 school year, a Fellow with only a bachelor’s degree and no additional coursework can expect to earn an annual salary of at least $48,445.
New York City teachers earn more based on experience and coursework beyond a bachelor’s degree. Fellows with advanced degrees may be eligible for a salary differential, which is determined on a case-by-case basis through the NYC Department of Education.
The salary schedule for Teaching Fellows is the same as that for all New York City teachers, so Fellows can expect their salary to increase significantly upon completion of their master’s degree (see chart below). To learn more about teacher salaries and differentials, visit the NYC Department of Education Division of Human Resources website.
Pre-Service Training Stipend
The NYC Department of Education provides each Fellow with a stipend to offset living costs during training. June 2014 Fellows received a stipend of $2,500 during training. The stipend amount has not yet been finalized for 2015 Fellows, but we expect it to be similar. Fellows who participate in two additional weeks of training for the Science or Math Immersion Programs receive an additional stipend. For 2014 Fellows this stipend was $1,000, but it is not yet finalized for 2015 Fellows. Because significant time may elapse between the beginning of training and a Fellow’s first paycheck, we encourage Fellows to plan for their financial well-being during this time.
Fellows are eligible for the same benefits as all other teachers through the City of New York, including a pension plan and a choice of health insurance plans. The local teacher’s union, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), also offers two different dental plans and vision care benefits through the UFT Welfare Fund. Additional details can be found in The Red Apple: UFT Welfare Fund Health and Welfare Benefits for Employees and Their Families, available on the UFT website. Please not that Fellows are responsible for their own insurance during pre-service training.
Additional resources: Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) of the City of New York website
AmeriCorps Education Awards
As a New York City Teaching Fellow, you may be eligible to enroll in the AmeriCorps Program. AmeriCorps is a national network of service programs that connects more than 80,000 Americans each year to serve our country’s most critical needs in areas including environmental issues, disaster relief and education.
Upon successfully completing their first year of teaching in a high-need school, Teaching Fellows enrolled in the AmeriCorps Program will receive an award of approximately $5,550. AmeriCorps awards may be applied to repay prior federal student loans or to cover future educational costs at schools that accept federal financial aid.
AmeriCorps Education Awards are dependent on federal funding and award sizes are subject to change annually. As a result, we cannot guarantee eligibility for next year’s Teaching Fellows. Candidates will be notified as soon as their eligibility is determined, most likely at pre-service training. For more information, visit edaward.org and americorps.gov.