Differentiated Compensation

Teaching in Hard-to-Staff Subjects and High-Need Schools:

Hamilton County Schools is proud to announce our Differentiated Pay Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year.  Through this plan, teachers have the opportunity to earn up to 20% more in total compensation. 

We recognize the challenge of securing the best teachers for our students with the highest needs.  To achieve educational equity, we believe that we must take bold action to ensure that all children have access to rigorous instruction.  This Differentiated Compensation Proposal is a first step towards meeting the Board's purpose for the equity policy of "of closing the opportunity gap and creating equity for all students in Hamilton County Schools."

Through these strategies, the teachers are rewarded for their effectiveness and incentivized to stay where they can have the great impact -- in the classroom. 


% Increase of Compensation

All Schools

Hope Schools

Promise Schools

All staff (Tier A)
PE, Music, etc.
_ _ 5%
Core Staff (Tier B)
ELA, Social Studies
ExEd, ESL, Academic
Coaches, Counselors, Deans, Elementary (non-Related Arts)

5% 10%
Includes Elementary Math and Science
Hardest to Staff (Tier C)
9-12 Math and Science
5% 10%
6-12 Math _
6-12 Science _

Salary Comparison 

Elementary Teacher

3 years of experience with Bachelor's Degree


Non-Hope or Promise School $43,131 
Hope School $45,288 Increase of 5% or $2,157
Promise Schools $47,441 Increase of 10% or $4,313

Middle School Math Teacher

7 years of experience with Masters Degree  


Non-Hope or Promise School $53,114 
Hope School $58,424 Increase of 10% or $5,311
Promise Schools $63,736 Increase of 20% or $10,622

Teachers serving in additional Instructional Roles or Responsibilities:


Annual Step Increases

  • The district awards step increases for each year of experience. See the 2021-2022 salary schedule for specific step amounts.