Salary Information for Incoming Teachers, Counselors, Nurses, and Clinical Staff

If you have an advanced degree or two or more years of work experience as a teacher or counselor, new teachers, counselors, nurses, and clinical staff (occupational therapists, physical therapists, psychologists) are eligible to have their initial salary offer to the District adjusted to a higher step on the salary scale to recognize your prior experience and education.

Important things to note:

  • The salary quoted in your offer letter is based on the information you provided to the recruitment team and is subject to change.  In order for you to receive the salary quoted, your educational institution(s) and previous employer(s) must verify your credentials and experience.
  • It is candidates’ responsibility to ensure that your education and prior experience are verified in order to receive this salary
  • Once your past employers have return the forms to the School District of Philadelphia, you will receive a completed verification notice via email.  Please allow two weeks for processing your salary adjustment. You can be paid retroactively for 60 days past your start date for any salary adjustments made during this time frame.
  • If you have an advanced degree and want your salary adjusted due to this advanced degree, please have your official sealed master’s transcripts mailed directly to you and bring them to your hiring session.

For further information, visit the Salary Upgrades page of our website. If you have any questions about the education or prior experience verification process, please email salary@philasd.org.

Prior Experience Verification Instructions

You may begin this verification process at any step in your hiring process.

Teachers, Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Psychologists, Speech Language Pathologists:

  1. Review the Prior Experience Guidelines for the rules the district will use to calculate your salary offer.
  2. Sign and submit the Guidelines to your recruiter (or if you do not yet know your recruiter, to salary@philasd.org)
  3. Download, complete, and send the Prior Experience Verification Form_v1 to your current and/or former employers. You should send one form to each of your current or former employers where you held a role for which you would receive salary credit based on the above guidelines.

Nurses and Vocational/CTE Teachers:

  1. Review the Prior Experience Guidelines for Nurses and Vocational Teachers for the rules the district will use to calculate your salary offer.
  2. Sign and submit the Guidelines to your recruiter (or if you do not yet know your recruiter, to salary@philasd.org)
  3. Download, complete, and send the Prior Experience Verification Form_v2 to your current and/or former employers. You should send one form to each of your current or former employers where you held a role for which you would receive salary credit based on the above guidelines.

Advanced Education Verification Instructions

You may begin this verification process at any step in your hiring process.

The Office of Certification accepts official sealed transcripts showing conferred or awarded degrees. Official electronic transcripts can be submitted in one of two ways:

  1. Electronically directly from the College/University to salary@philasd.org;
  2. sent to the Office of Certification: 440 North Broad Street, Suite 222, Attention Salary, Philadelphia, PA 19130;
  3. hand delivered via an in-person processing session.

We do not accept degrees or courses in the fields of Law, Real Estate, Religion or Medicine (Medicine is only accepted if the candidate is taking a school nurse or CTE medical teacher position)

The effective date of salary changes will be the first day of the pay period in which the transcript is received.

Regular Education Teachers

Current Salary Scale for Teachers, School Counselors, Occupational and Physical Therapists, School Nurse, and School Nurse Practitioner

StepBachelor's or EquivalentMaster's or EquivalentMaster's + 30Doctorate
1$45,360$46,694$49,615$51,866
2$47,278$48,945$52,197$55,117
3$51,113$53,281$57,033$60,285
4$54,365$56,531$60,453$63,789
5$57,450$59,532$63,537$66,872
6$60,203$62,368$66,369$69,708
7$62,869$65,121$69,207$72,541
8$64,045$67,788$72,506$75,850
9$65,242$70,565$75,964$79,313
10$66,462$73,454$79,586$82,932

Special Education Teachers

Current Teacher Salary Scale for Special Education Teachers

StepBachelor's or EquivalentMaster's or EquivalentMaster's + 30Doctorate
1$46,194$47,527$50,446$52,697
2$48,528$50,195$53,447$56,366
3$52,362$54,534$58,284$61,535
4$55,615$57,786$61,702$65,037
5$58,700$60,787$64,785$68,124
6$61,452$63,622$67,621$70,960
7$64,121$66,369$70,458$73,796
8$64,998$68,760$73,488$76,833
9$65,889$71,237$76,647$79,996
10$66,791$73,802$79,944$83,288

School Psychologists

Current Salary Scale for 10-and 12-month School Psychologists

Step10 month12 month
1$55,449$66,121
2$58,617$70,037
3$73,458$87,800
4$78,296$93,639
5$94,554$113,152

Please note that 12 month teachers and Demonstration teachers have a slightly different salary scale. Please email jobs@philasd.org with any questions regarding these salary scales.