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Compensation and Benefits for Teachers

Find information about IMPACTplus, base salary, additional compensation opportunities and benefits


IMPACTplus is the groundbreaking performance-based compensation system for Washington Teachers’ Union (WTU) members.

We feel it is essential to demonstrate – in the boldest way possible – how much we value the work teachers do. We are proud that outstanding DCPS educators are now being paid what they deserve. We recognize that teachers do not go into the profession for the money. But at DCPS, we believe that great teachers deserve to be compensated like the professionals they are.

Any WTU member who earns an IMPACT rating of Highly Effective is eligible for IMPACTplus. IMPACTplus has two parts: an annual bonus after one year of being rated Highly Effective and an increase in base salary after two consecutive years of being rated Highly Effective.

Highly Effective teachers can earn up to $25,000 in annual bonuses and see increases in their base salary of up to $27,000.

IMPACTplus was recently featured on the front page of the New York Times – read what they had to say about our approach.

Visit the IMPactplus section for more information about the program.  

Base Salary

For information about pay scales for WTU (instructional) employees, please visit the Compensation Page, here: https://dcps.dc.gov/node/1057802.



All full-time staff members are entitled to the following benefits:

Health Insurance

  • HMO (Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, or United HealthCare)
  • PPO (Aetna)
  • POS (United HealthCare)
  • Dental and Optical Insurance (Plans provided by the Washington Teachers’ Union)

Other Insurance

  • Basic Life Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

Other Benefits

  • Teacher’s Retirement Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (for dependent care & health care)
  • 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities
  • DC Teachers Federal Credit Union
  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan
  • Loan Cancellation or Deferment
  • AT&T Discount Program for District of Columbia Employees
  • Employer Assisted Housing Program (Up to $11,500 for first-time homebuyers in DC)
  • HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program (50% off the list price for HUD homes)
  • Discounted memberships to Washington Sports Clubs

Please visit the DCPS Human Resources page for additional information.