Compensation & Salary Schedules

  • Educator Salary


    27J Schools' educator compensation system is based on steps and lanes.


    Certified Staff: Teachers and special service providers earn more compensation through their years of supporting students and through additional education.  


    How many years of experience does 27J take for salary placement?   

    27J accepts 13 years of confirmed licensed education work experience.


    What kind of education credits does 27J take?

    27J accepts university transcripted credits for education lane placement.  27J does not accept professional development hours from other districts.  Educational credits are your degree and any additional graduate semester credits earned after getting your last degree. 


    How often does 27J accept education credits for lane advancement?  

    Educational Increases in Sept/Oct and again in Jan/Feb if approved during union negotiations.


    Will 27J hire PERA retirees?

    27J will hire PERA retirees on a full-time basis for 1 year.   PERA retirees are eligible for medical benefits (not including vision and dental).   


    Salary Policy: Link   Salary Schedule:  Schedule Link


    What is the educator salary schedule starting salary?   For the 2023-2024 school year the starting salary is $52,002.   The schedule tops out at $106,640.  Salary increases are negotiated with the 27J Brighton Education Association (BEA) each spring.  


    How many leave days does 27J allocate to new hire educators?   8 temp leave days for the first three years; 9 temp leave days starting on year 4.   


    Non-Educator Salary

    Classified Job Types


    Classified Salary Schedule:  Link to Salary Schedule


    27J Schools' non-educator compensation system depends on the job type. 

    Classified staff positions are determined by FLSA analysis of the position.  Classified positions include secretaries, bus drivers, technicians, paraprofessionals, custodians, et al.   Pay is based on an hourly rate on the 27J classified pay schedule.  Placement is determined by comparing past work experience relevant to the job.   27J accepts up to 18 years of experience at a 2 for 1 ratio.  A candidate with 18 years of relevant experience can be placed at step 10 on the classified salary schedule.

    Exempt Job Types (Administrator/Professional Technical)

    Exempt Salary Schedule: Link to Salary Schedule

    Exempt status is determined by position analysis to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Positions that may qualify for exempt status include school administrators, directors, managers, accountants, and some technology department positions.   For exempt compensation 27J uses a salary schedule based on ranges.  Positions are placed in ranges by the market analysis of 27J’s compensation consultant every three years.  27J places new hires in the range based on consideration of “like” experience relative to current 27J staff in the same range.     27J uses minimum qualifications from the job description in hiring decisions but does not use qualifications/education for exempt salary placement.