Language Pay Differential Classification Eligibility & Qualifying Languages

The qualifying languages and eligible job classifications listed were updated Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021.

Qualifying Languages

Spanish, Vietnamese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Ukrainian, Somali, French (West African), Swahili, Arabic, Romanian, Nepali, Chuukese, Lao, Tagalog, Cambodian, Japanese, Korean, Karen, Marshallese, Thai, Amharic, Burmese, Tigrinya, Farsi. (25 languages total)

Based on community need, the following languages have been added after the initial implementation of the Language Pay Differential policy: American Sign Language (ASL), Bosnian, Croatian, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Indonesian, Serbian, Zomi. 

Language Pay Differential Job Classification Eligibility List 

Classification TitleRepresentation
Analyst Series – Includes I, II, III Non-Rep 
Coordinator Series – Includes I, II, III, and IV Non-Rep 
Commissioners Staff Classifications (CSR, Senior CSR, CASS, COS, DCOS)  Non-Rep 
311 Customer Service Operator  DCTU 
Customer Account Specialist  DCTU 
Development Services Trainee PTE17 
Development Services Technician I PTE17 
Development Services Technician II PTE17 
Emergency Communications Call Taker  PPA-BOEC 
Emergency Communications Fire Dispatcher PPA-BOEC 
Emergency Communications Police Dispatcher PPA-BOEC 
Emergency Communications Dispatcher, Sr. PPA-BOEC 
Housing Community Outreach & Information Rep DCTU 
Firefighter Classifications PFFA, Non-Rep 
Portland Street Response Classifications PFFA, Non-Rep 
Housing Loan Coordinator  DCTU 
Seasonal Park Ranger  PCL 
Park Ranger  PCL 
Peer Support Specialist  Non-Rep 
Sworn Police Officer Classifications   Portland Police Association, PPCOA, Non-Rep 
Public Safety Support Specialist  Portland Police Association
Recreation Associate  Recreation (Local 483) 
Recreation Coordinator  Recreation (Local 483) 
Recreation Leader Recreation (Local 483) 
Aquatics CoordinatorRecreation (Local 483)
Aquatics LeaderRecreation (Local 483)