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Repost: Calculating Your Pay Per Period

by CTU Communications  |  12/10/2012

PHOTO: A sample paycheckPaychecks received by CPS employees starting November 30 should reflect both the 3% cost of living allowance (COLA) and the step increases negotiated in the new contract. Click here to view the CPS explanation of your paycheck.

If you are not rehired and if you have already passed your step anniversary, you can use the appropriate salary schedule at the bottom of this page to determine your annual salary. Your total salary for the pay period (GROSS PAY plus Deferred Pay) times 20.8 should equal your annual salary. Rehired teachers and those who have not passed their step anniversary will have different calculations. For Steps 1–13 the instructions below apply. Steps 14, 15, and 16 involve more complex calculations described in the CPS explanation.

The 3% COLA is based on your pay last year. You can determine your gross annual pay after COLA increase by multiplying the Annual column on this chart1 by 1.03. Then add your step increase (assuming your step anniversary was before November 17th). If you divide that annual salary by 20.8 (reflecting 10 days pay out of the 208-day year) you should see your TOTAL pay for this pay period. That TOTAL pay should equal the amount calculated by adding "CURRENT GROSS PAY" at the lower left of your paystub plus  ’Deferred Pay…” listed under Taxes/Deductions/Net on the right-hand column of your paystub. Also, the TOTAL pay should be the sum of all the items in the column "AMOUNT/ADJ" on the left-hand side of the paystub (excluding supplemental pay for duties beyond your regular position such as coaching, etc.).

Click here for a printable set of directions, including and example e-mail from a delegate.

If you have questions, please contact HR4U via their website or at at 773-553-HR4U (4748). As the body responsible for each paycheck, HR4U is able to pull up individual records and walk through each paycheck with you. If you still have questions or problems after speaking with HR4U, please contact your field representative. If CTU needs to force HR4U to correct errors, we will. However, it is worth insisting they do it themselves first.

As a reminder, all retroactive pay from the new contractual step and COLA increases going back to July 1, 2012, will be issued in one paycheck on December 19, 2012. All Deferred Pay collected during this school year will be issued to you in one lump-sum check in June 2013, after the end of the school year.

Annualized Salary Schedules

Download the Teachers’ Salary Schedule for 208-day (regular school year) positions in a printer-friendly format.

Download the Teachers’ Salary Schedule for 228-day positions in a printer-friendly format.

Download the Teachers’ Salary Schedule for 248-day positions in a printer-friendly format.

Download the Teachers’ Salary Schedule for 52-week positions in a printer-friendly format.

New Appendix A - PSRP Job Titles and Grade Levels

Download the PSRPs’ Salary Schedule for 208-day positions in a printer-friendly format.

Download the PSRPs’ Salary Schedule for 248-day positions in a printer-friendly format.

Download the PSRPs’ Salary Schedule for 52-week positions in a printer-friendly format.

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This chart was updated by CPS to reflect the Board's negation of contractually agreed raises in 2011–12. It lists the correct lane and step salaries for last year.
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