Massachusetts Teacher Salaries Vary Widely Among Districts

While Massachusetts teacher salaries may seem high—the average teacher salary is $63,000 per year—the state has an exceptionally high cost of living, too. Real estate, utilities, groceries, and taxes are all higher in Massachusetts than in many other states, which is one of the reasons teachers make such high salaries.

Your individual salary will depend on many factors, however, including how many years of teaching experience you have. Entry-level elementary school teachers make about $44,000 per year, while seasoned elementary teachers make an average of $70,000 per year. As your years of experience climb, so will your salary.

Beyond gaining more experience, there are a few other ways to earn a higher salary as a teacher in Massachusetts. Many school districts offer higher pay for educators willing to teach in high-needs schools or subjects with teacher shortages, such as special education, science, or math. Earning a master’s degree can also increase your salary. On average, a teacher with a master’s degree will earn about $10,000 more per year than one that only has a bachelor’s degree.

One last thing to remember about Massachusetts teacher salaries is that there is wide variation in pay among school districts. For example, the average annual teacher salary in the Sherborn school district is an impressive $92,000, while the average annual teacher salary in the Florida district is just $36,000, according to the

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE). Of course, districts that pay their teachers the most lucrative salaries also tend to be those with the highest costs of living, too. You can find the most recent averages for annual teacher salaries by district at the ESE’s website: www.profiles.doe.mass.edu/state_report/teachersalaries.aspx.

Last Updated: 05/19/2014