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Salary Increases Effective March 12, 2022

The Board of Education has approved agreements with the employee associations that allow for salary increases effective March 12, 2022. These increases are in addition to the 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) that went into effect on January 29, 2022, for  permanent employees and home and hospital teachers. The March 12, 2022, salary increases include—

  • step increases for eligible employees, and
  • longevity increases for eligible supporting services employees.

This page will walk you through some of the negotiated changes and help you determine how you will be impacted.

How does this apply to you?

First, determine your current salary step.
  1. Visit the Employee Self-Service (ESS) web page;
  2. Click on the My salary information link, which you will find under the green My Pay banner;
  3. Log in to be directed to your current salary information; and
  4. Click on your position code or job title to see your current salary step.
Next, review your union-specific information.

SEIU employees will receive—

  • a salary step adjustment* if hired prior to February 1, 2021, unless on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2021 or currently at the top step of their pay grade; and
  • a longevity increase for those who completed 10, 14, 18, or 22 years of service between July 1, 2021, and March 25, 2022. Those who become eligible for a longevity increase between March 26, 2022, and June 30, 2022, will receive it as they become eligible.

MCEA employees will receive—

  • a salary step adjustment* if hired prior to February 1, 2021, unless off scale**, on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2021, or currently at the top step of their pay grade.

MCAAP/MCBOA employees will receive—

  • a salary step adjustment* if hired prior to February 1, 2021, unless off scale***, on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2021, or currently at the top step of their pay grade.
Confirm whether or not you are eligible for a FY 2022 step adjustment

You will receive a step adjustment if—

  • You were hired prior to February 1, 2021, AND
  • You were NOT on unpaid leave for five months or more in FY 2021, AND
  • Your current step is not off scale (steps 50, 55, 60, or 65 for MCEA; steps 50 or 60 for MCAAP/MCBOA), AND
  • You are not on a top step (17 for SEIU, 25 for MCEA, 10 for MCAAP, and 12 for MCBOA).
Compare the outcome with the Salary Schedules

Now that you know your current step and what you will receive, refer to the FY 2022 Salary Schedules (effective January 29, 2022)* to see exactly how that translates to dollars and cents. Full details on the Salary Schedules, including appropriate supplements, are available on the Salary Schedules web page

What to expect next

  1. Verify the increase you have received.
    Your new salary information, including your salary/hourly rate of pay and prorated annual salary, will be available via Employee Self-Service (ESS) beginning March 12, 2022. To verify your salary, on or after March 12, 2022, visit the ESS web page and click My salary information under the green My Pay banner.
  2. Look for your salary increase in your April 8, 2022, paycheck.
    Pay increases that result from the FY 2022 step and/or longevity increases will take effect on March 12, 2022. Remember: MCPS employees are paid two weeks after the last day of a pay period. This means that you will receive your FY 2022 step increase beginning with your April 8, 2022, paycheck. 

For more information regarding the 2022 budget and negotiated agreements, visit the Association Relations web page.

*For SEIU, some step adjustments do not include a salary increase but move the employee a step toward an increase.

**MCEA employees who are off scale—on steps 50, 55, 60 or 65 due to a 2 percent salary increase during FY 2013 or FY 2014—will not receive a step increase on March 12, 2022.

***MCAAP/MCBOA employees who are off scale—on steps 50 or 60 due to a 2 percent salary increase during FY 2013 or FY 2014—will not receive a step increase on March 12, 2022.