Most of Harford County's 3,500 school employees, including 2,200 teachers, are expected to receive 3 percent raises for the school year that begins July 1.
The raises in the proposed contract are subject to ratification by the teachers and approval by the Board of Education.
Jean R. Thomas, president of the Harford County Education Association, said she could not comment on the proposed contract until her members have been notified.
The proposed contract includes one-step pay increases, based on merit and seniority.
The raise and step increases, which are identical to this year's salary package, will cost the county about $3 million next year, school officials said.
Donald R. Morrison, school spokesman, declined to comment on the proposed contract, but he said that in the past, all employees have received the same increases in pay. Only executive staff do not automatically get raises.
By comparison, Baltimore County's school system is proposing a pay increase of about 6 percent for teachers, administrators and others. The raises are subject to school board approval.
Carroll County teachers will receive a 3 percent across-the-board increase next year, according to their two-year contract, which went into effect this year.
Two of the Harford school system's unions are negotiating contracts this year: the Association of Public School Administrators and Supervisors of Harford County, which represents about 120 mid-level managers, including principals; and Local 2471 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.
This school year is the first in a three-year contract for the teachers' union and the Harford County Educational Services Council.