Hourly wages

We base an employee’s starting hourly wage on qualifications, experience, training, education, and job responsibility. All non-administrative employees are paid on an hourly basis. Employees are compensated for any time spent on the premises at First Circle during the work week.



Employees are paid every Friday. New employees will receive a paycheck the second Friday after their first day of employment.


You may elect to have part, or all of your paycheck directly deposited into your checking or savings account, or a combination of up to 6 accounts. The funds are available at the start of business on the payday.


Using the login and password you created to onboard yourself through payroll, you can continue to access your payroll information. This includes your weekly paystub, PTO balance, benefit information, taxes, direct deposit, etc.

Pay categories

Depending on your benefit eligibility, your paycheck will categorize your wages by hourly wages, overtime, or other categories of pay listed in the Benefits section:

Regular hours

Compensation is calculated by multiplying hourly wages by the number of hours and/or minutes worked in a particular work week.


As required by the federal government, all non-exempt First Circle employees are paid 1.5 times their hourly salary for any hours worked more than 40 hours per work. Non-exempt employees include teachers and teaching assistants. The only exempt First Circle employees are members of the administrative team, who are salaried, and not eligible for overtime. Other guidelines:

Other categories

Other than regular hours, your weekly paycheck can include hours paid in other categories including PTO, holiday pay, jury duty, bereavement, staff meetings, required training, PR events, emergency closing/delayed open, bonus, late fee, or maternity leave.


First Circle is required by law to make certain deductions from your paycheck each period for taxes. You may also choose to have voluntary deductions from your paycheck, like contributions for insurance premiums, retirement plans, spending accounts, or other services. Your deductions will be reflected in your wage statement.


Required tax deductions include income and unemployment taxes, Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) contributions (Social Security and Medicare), and any other deductions required under law or by court order for wage garnishments.


Deductions from paychecks are made for any health, dental, and vision premiums, 401(K) or other benefits [see Benefits Handbook]. Deductions for the employee’s contribution to health, dental, and vision care plans are made in pre-tax dollars. This means that the employee does not pay state and federal taxes on this portion of their wages.


Wage garnishments are court-ordered deductions taken from an employee’s pay to satisfy a debt or legal obligation. Child support, unpaid taxes or credit card debt, defaulted student loans, medical bills, and outstanding court fees are common causes for wage garnishments. First Circle is legally bound to withhold from an employee’s paycheck the amount indicated in a garnishment order. First Circle will honor federal and state guidelines that protect a certain amount of an employee’s income from being subject to garnishment.

Wage review

As an essential part of professional development, each employee’s job performance will be evaluated every 6 months. In combination with the performance review, each employee’s wage rate is reviewed at the same time (with the exception of part-time high-school assistants, whose wage rates are reviewed annually).

The range of wage increases is established by the executive admin team, and typically ranges from 0-3% every 6 months. An employee’s wage increase is based upon a combination of their job performance, attendance and punctuality, attitude, and positive reviews by parents, peers, and administration.