Increasing Your Base Salary

  • DPS offers salary advancement for teachers and specialized service providers (SSPs) who strive to learn and find new ways to create a foundation of success for our students.

    Teachers and SSPs can increase their base salary by:


    Your base salary can increase in the following ways:

    Grade Change

    A grade change (horizontal movement across the salary schedule) can be earned by achieving higher education (including through district provided PDUs), working 10 years as a teacher in the DCTA bargaining unit, or by earning an advanced license/certificate or by becoming a National Board Certified Teacher. *See specific pages, linked above, for details.

    Our new process for submitting grade changes for ProComp 3.0 is now active in your Employee Space. Before you submit, review this user guide , which outlines the information needed to complete your submission, including all the documentation you will need for each type of action to increase your base pay or receive a lump sum payout.

    Step Increase

    A step increase is earned at the beginning of each school year by receiving a rating of Approaching, Effective or Distinguished for the previous school year. This increase is administered automatically by the Compensation department at the beginning of each school year.  *See specific pages, linked above, for details.