Average Position Cost

DCPS budgets for all school-based staff based on the average salary cost of the position. For the portion of resources allocated in a staffing model, DCPS provides the school the exact amount of funding required to purchase the position (average salary, benefits, and holdouts). The actual staff member who is hired may receive a salary that is greater than or less than the average, based on his/her qualifications. Using average salaries protects schools against fluctuations due to staff changes and maintains schools’ ability to hire teachers based on quality.

Calculating Salary and Benefits

DCPS determines the average salary collaboratively with the Office of the Chief Financial Officer based on an analysis of payroll data. Typically, the average salary increases every year due to cost of living increases and rising healthcare costs, among other reasons. The benefits rate is determined through a similar process and is budgeted at approximately 15-17% of the base salary.

Hold Outs/Add-Ons

In addition to salary and benefits, DCPS adds the costs of certain expenses related to each union (e.g., the Washington Teachers’ Union, or WTU) and/or position type to the total position costs. These additional costs are called “hold outs.” For example, each teacher receives a $200 teacher supply card to purchase classroom supplies as part of the WTU contract. This $200 is added on top of the salary and benefits of every WTU position that is budgeted. Other examples of these add-ons include the costs of employee fingerprinting, ensuring compliance with disability accommodations required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and cost of IMPACT teacher performance bonuses. The total costs are distributed across each position in a “per unit cost” during the budget development process and combined into one “add-on,” which is combined with salary and benefits to determine the total cost of the position. The total hold out cost will vary based on position types since the expenses that hold outs pay for can vary by position types. Hold outs are centrally managed.  

FY22 Average Position Costs

FY22 WTU Add-Ons and Average Teacher Position Cost

Description

Line Item

FY22 Cost per WTU

FY22 Budget

Mutual Consent Excessing Options

Extra Year Option

$61.96

$316,800

Mutual Consent Excessing Options

Buyout Option

$3.91

$20,000

IMPACT Bonuses

IMPACT Bonuses

$2,346.40

$18,370,000

Background Checks

Drug & Alcohol Testing

$27.46

$215,000

Background Checks

Fingerprinting Screen

$38.45

$301,000

Background Checks

Fitness for Duty/FMLA Vertification

$2.76

$21,630

Employee Support

Start-Up Supplies

$200.00

$1,022,600

Employee Support

ADA Accommodations

$60.61

$474,500

Employee Support

WTU Tuition Reimbursement

$15.65

$80,000

Employee Support

International Visas

$3.91

$20,000

Employee Support

WTU Placements

$383.82

$1,962,496

Employee Support

Employee Assistance Services

$11.50

$90,000

Stipends

DINR Bonus

$44.01

$225,000

Stipends

Department Chair Stipends

$107.57

$550,000

School-Based Costs

Substitutes

$1,572.66

$8,041,000

School-Based Costs

Enrollment Reserve

$791.93

$6,200,000

School-Based Costs

Backfill

$195.58

$1,000,000

School-Based Costs

New Teacher Pipeline

$48.89

$250,000

Add-ons

$5,917

$39,160,026

Base Salary

$91,547

Salary and Benefits

$106,652

Benefits Rate = 16.5% of salary

Total Average Teacher Cost

$112,569

FY22 CSO Add-Ons

Description

FY22 Cost per CSO

FY22 Budget

IMPACT Bonuses

$2,346.40

$18,370,000

Drug & Alcohol Testing

$27.46

$215,000

Fingerprinting Screen

$38.45

$301,000

Fitness for Duty/FMLA Vertification

$2.76

$21,630

ADA Accommodations

$60.61

$474,500

Employee Assistance Services

$11.50

$90,000

Enrollment Reserve

$791.93

$6,200,000

Professional Development

$87.57

$50,000

Start-Up Supplies

$200.00

$114,200

Total Add-ons

$3,567

$25,836,330

FY22 AFSCME Add-Ons

Description

FY22 Cost per AFSCME

FY22 Budget

IMPACT Bonuses

$2,346.40

$18,370,000

Drug & Alcohol Testing

$27.46

$215,000

Fingerprinting Screen

$38.45

$301,000

Fitness for Duty/FMLA Vertification

$2.76

$21,630

ADA Accommodations

$60.61

$474,500

Employee Assistance Services

$11.50

$90,000

Enrollment Reserve

$791.93

$6,200,000

Legal Fund

$32.53

$50,000

Metro Pass

$52.05

$80,000

Total Add-ons

$3,364

$25,802,130

FY22 Teamsters Add-Ons

Description

FY22 Cost per Teamster

FY22 Budget

IMPACT Bonuses

$2,346.40

$18,370,000

Drug & Alcohol Testing

$27.46

$215,000

Fingerprinting Screen

$38.45

$301,000

Fitness for Duty/FMLA Vertification

$2.76

$21,630

ADA Accommodations

$60.61

$474,500

Employee Assistance Services

$11.50

$90,000

Enrollment Reserve

$791.93

$6,200,000

Transportation

$35.40

$20,000

Shift Differential

$1,374.91

$776,822

Home Assistance

$88.50

$50,000

Total Add-ons

$4,778

$26,518,952