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Salary Increases Effective May 3, 2021

The Board of Education has approved agreements with the employee associations that allow for salary increases effective May 3, 2021. The increases include—

  • a 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for all permanent employees,
  • 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 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA);
  • a salary step adjustment* if hired prior to February 1, 2020, unless on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2020 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, 2020 and May 7, 2021. Those who become eligible for a longevity increase between May 8, 2021 and June 30, 2021 will receive it as they become eligible.  

MCEA employees will receive—

  • a 2 percent COLA; and
  • a salary step increase if hired prior to February 1, 2020, unless off scale**, on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2020, or currently at the top step of their pay grade.

MCAAP/MCBOA employees will receive—

  • a 2 percent COLA; and
  • a salary step increase if hired prior to February 1, 2020, unless off scale***, on unpaid leave for five months or more during FY 2020, or currently at the top step of their pay grade.
Now, find out if you are eligible for a FY 2021 step adjustment. 

You will receive a step adjustment if—

  • You were hired prior to February 1, 2020, AND
  • You were NOT on unpaid leave for five months or more in FY 2020, AND
  • Your step is not off scale (steps 50, 55, 60 and 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 2021 Salary Schedules (effective May 3, 2021) 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 online beginning May 3, 2021. To verify your salary, on or after May 3, 2021, visit the Employee Self-Service web page and click My salary information under the green My Pay banner.
  2. Look for a partial salary increase in your May 21, 2021 paycheck.
    Pay increases that result from the FY 2021 COLA, step increases, and/or longevity increases take effect on May 3, 2021. Remember: MCPS employees are paid two weeks after the last day of a pay period. This means that you will receive your COLA and FY 2021 step increase beginning with your May 21, 2021 paycheck. Paychecks for May 21, 2021 will include only a partial increase because that pay period—April 24 to May 7, 2021—includes days you will be paid at the previous rate. The increase will apply to May 3 through May 7, 2021. Your June 4, 2021 paycheck will reflect your full salary increase

For more information regarding the 2021 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 and 65 due to a 2 percent salary increase during FY 2013 or FY 2014—will receive the 2 percent COLA, but will not receive a step increase on May 3, 2021.

***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 receive the 2 percent COLA, but will not receive a step increase on May 3, 2021.