Massachusetts Teacher Salaries and Benefits

Fall in Massachusetts: the leaves turn dazzling colors, the temperature starts dropping, and teachers return to school after a long summer vacation. The weather may be chilly, but educators might feel just a bit warmer inside knowing that in Massachusetts, teacher salaries are some of the highest in the nation.

Of course, the average earnings are just a basic guideline. A number of factors affect Massachusetts teaching salaries, including the grade level you teach, how much experience you have, and whether you hold an advanced education degree.

Massachusetts teacher salaries also show quite a bit of geographic variation. Here are average annual Massachusetts starting teacher salaries from the National Education Association, 2013, and median annual teacher salaries by grade level, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014-15 Occupational Outlook Handbook:

Type of Teacher Average or Median Annual Salary
Starting Teacher (Average) $40,600
Kindergarten Teacher (Median) $60,770
Elementary School Teacher (Median) $66,400
Middle School Teacher (Median) $65,020
High School Teacher (Median) $66,850
Substitute Teacher (Median) $24,760

Don't forget that another bonus of being a teacher is the generous benefits packages—worthwhile compensation for spending your weekdays at the front of the classroom and more than a few weekend hours grading papers. Besides impressively high Massachusetts teacher salaries, educators generally also receive health and retirement benefits, credit union membership, and tuition reduction for earning a master's degree at or higher.***

Teacher World can help you learn more about becoming a teacher in Massachusetts. Research your teacher training options at any number of accredited education programs to find out with one is right for you.

*Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
** U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
*** Boston Public Schools