Best practices for salary schedules
- Starting salaries should be increased by at least the same amount as maximums, and never decreased.
- Increments should be paid without devaluing steps or adding steps.
- Increments should be uniform throughout the salary schedule.
- There should be as many columns as possible with appropriate differentials.
The columns on a salary schedule represent the additional compensation that education professionals earn for obtaining additional professional development. The number of columns on a salary schedule can vary from two (a bachelor’s degree column and a master’s degree column) to 18 (an additional column for every six credits from bachelor’s to doctorate).
- Employees should reach maximum as quickly as possible. Salary schedule steps should be numbered to reflect actual steps to the maximum salary.
PSEA collective bargaining goals
- Use PSEA resources for negotiations, including the UniServ representative, coordinated bargaining participation, and PSEA statewide initiatives
- Negotiate salaries consistent with PSEA’s Best Practices for Salary Schedules (EA)
- Negotiate wages consistent with PSEA’s Best Practices for Compensation (ESP)
- Negotiate language to guarantee class size/work load maximums
- Negotiate language which ensures a safe, nonviolent, clean, and healthy working environment
- Negotiate to maintain the highest possible level of health care benefits
- Reject any attempts to create multi tier salaries and/or benefits
- Negotiate a severance and benefit package for retiring employees
- Negotiate language ensuring job security, particularly just cause
- Negotiate provisions for Association rights