Teacher Salary

  • 27J Schools' compensation system is based on steps and lanes. Teachers and special service providers earn more compensation through their years of supporting students and through additional education. 27J Schools takes up to eleven years of service from other districts. New teachers start on Step 2. (Step 1 serves alternative licensed teachers in their programs.) 

    A Newly Hired Licensed Teacher Starts at: $43,777 -  annually
    Our top earners make: $96,240 annually
    Complete salary schedule Schedule Link


  • 27J is proud to offer a very competitive employee benefits and wellness package as compared to other Denver Metropolitan area & Colorado school districts.  Highlights of our offering include: a highly funded Health Savings Account, fully-paid employee-only premium on at least one of the Kaiser plans we offer; and fully-paid dental, vision, term life, and accidental death insurance.  We also offer an Employee Assistance Program and a staff wellness program.

    27J was one of the first Denver Metro school districts to implement a High Deductible Health Plan (HDHP) with Health Savings Accounts (HSA).  As a result, 27J Schools employees currently enrolled in the High Deductible Health Plan have average HSA account balances of a little over $3,000, which they may use to pay for medical needs now and into the future – even if they no longer work for the District!

    Full-time employees may choose from one of two Kaiser health plans:  a DHMO-style plan with co-pays for office visits and prescriptions and a HDHP with very generous HSA funding by the district ($3,500 annually for individuals and $7,000 annually for families).

    27J employees accumulate paid time off - called temporary leave - that accumulates year-to-year.  Employees will receive a cash payout of any unused temporary or vacation leave when the employee leaves the District.

    Employees can also voluntarily join the Sick Leave Bank. Employees become a “bank member” by donating some of their temporary leave to the bank, and then may continue receiving salary payments if they take extended leave due to a serious illness, injury, or birth/adoption of a child.  27J Schools contributes retirement funds to the Public Employees’ Retirement Association in lieu of Social Security.  Employees can voluntarily contribute retirement funds to the PERAPlus 401(k) Plan or a variety of 403(b) retirement plans.