Compensation and Benefits

DPS is committed to attracting and retaining employees who deliver exceptional performance in service to our mission: Every Child Succeeds.

We are offer a fair and competitive compensation program that attracts, retains and rewards high-performing team members at all levels.

What we offer

One of the highest starting salaries in the area. New Denver teachers earn more than those in large neighboring districts such as Jefferson County, Aurora and Adams Five-Star.

Higher earning potential through your entire DPS career. Continuously grow your pay over 20 years, without salary caps common in other districts. Plus, earn pay increases after serving Denver kids for 10 years.

Earn more for serving where you’re needed most. Earn an additional $2,000 a year for serving in Denver’s highest-poverty schools or our hardest-to-fill jobs, such as teaching secondary math or in Spanish-language classrooms.

Money back to pay for student loans or continuing your education. DPS offers teachers up to $6,000 in student loan or tuition reimbursement.

Leadership experience without leaving the classroom. Take on opportunities to grow and coach other teachers with DPS’ Teacher Leadership & Collaboration program, all while continuing your work in the classroom.

Our Philosophy

Pay Equity: Provide pay guidelines that ensure jobs are paid equitably across the organization and with consideration for the relevant job market.

Performance Based Pay: Recognize and reward individual and group performance.

Transparency: Provide clarity and communicate compensation processes and how compensation- related decisions are made.

Flexibility: Support a diverse organization to accommodate differences and changes in job requirements, job market and economy.

How Your Compensation is Determined

Your pay at DPS is made up of three major components: your base salary, incentives for participating in a variety of opportunities and salary increases earned through educational achievements, length of service and advanced licenses or board certifications. These components meanon average, teachers at DPS earn one of the highest salaries in the Denver-metro area.

Setting Your Initial Salary

You have a wealth of experience and education to bring to DPS students, and we recognize that with great starting pay for new teachers. When determining your base salary, we take into consideration your experience obtained in the last 10 years and your current degrees and credits earned at a qualified four-year university.

Education + Experience + Advanced Credentials = Base Salary


In addition to a competitive starting salary, we offer the opportunity to earn additional compensation by participating in school- and position-based incentive opportunities.

Because we are committed to serving the whole child, closing the education gap and giving you an opportunity for growth, many of our incentives are focused on bringing the best teachers and student support professionals (SSPs) to those students who face the most challenges to success.