slides: Highest Paid Teachers in Central Mass
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The Commonwealth's 66,882 full-time equivalent public school teachers were paid $4,704,491,652 for an average salary of $70,340 in the 2010-2011 school year, according to data from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
GoLocalWorcester broke down the 20 districts in Central Mass with the highest average teacher salaries to see how the region's schools measure up. Only 13 districts in the area had average salaries that exceeded the statewide average.
Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article listed the average teacher salary in Worcester Public Schools as $86,005 for the 2010-2011 school year, as listed in the teacher salary data available from the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. However, according to the district's Human Resources department, the average salary was actually $68,000. The current average teacher salary in Worcester is $71,074. The district's lowest teacher salary is $42,461 and the highest amount a teacher can be paid is $83,000, but the teacher must have a doctorate degree.
The Marlborough Public School District was able to maintain a 13.1:1 student-teacher ratio, below the state average of 13.9:1, all while keeping average teacher salaries below the average statewide level.
At 15.7 to 1, Bellingham Public Schools had one of the higher student-teacher ratios in the region, even though its average teacher salaries were somewhat lower.
Residents in Sutton may be getting more bang for their buck when it comes to public schools. The town had the 18th highest average teacher salary in the area, but it also is home to the 15th best high school, according to GoLocalWorcester's regional rankings.
Uxbridge Public Schools also came in under the statewide average teacher salary for the 2010-2011 school year. The student-teacher ratio in the district was a full student above the state average at 14.9:1.
Fitchburg is home to another one of the region's larger districts, with nearly 5,000 students. Its student-teacher ratio was above average at 14.6:1, but its average salary was below average.
The Nashoba Regional School District covers the towns of Stow, Bolton and Lancaster. The district's 243 teachers are able to serve 3,500 students for less than the statewide average teacher salary.
Leicester Public Schools had a high student-teacher ratio during the 2010-2011 school year of 19.4:1. The district's average teacher salary was below the statewide mark, however, so perhaps one can help offset the other.
Hudson came in just a hair over the state average teacher salary, but those extra dollars may be paying off, as the district's 13.3:1 student-teacher ratio is a hair below the state average of 13.9:1.
Lunenburg's average teacher salary was just a few hundred dollars above the state average for the 2010-2011 school year. The town's high school also ranked 19th in GoLocalWorcester's list of the top 20 high schools in the region.
Shrewsbury Sr. High School was the 9th best high school in Central Mass in GoLocalWorcester's rankings. With nearly 6,000 students, it is also one of the larger districts in the area.
While Clinton may have ranked near the bottom of GoLocalWorcester's list of best communities in Central Mass, its average teacher salary has earned it a higher place on this list. Like several other small districts in the area, Clinton Public Schools had less than 2,000 students but a student-teacher ratio a half-point above the state average of 13.9:1.
7. West Boylston
The smaller district boasts a high school graduation rate of 95.3 percent, and West Boylston Jr. Sr. High School rounded out the top 20 high schools in Central Mass earlier this year.
Westborough High School ranked 3rd in GoLocalWorcester's top 20 Central Mass high schools, in part due to its 13.3:1 student-teacher ratio, which was lower than the Commonwealth average of 13.9.
Since the 2010-2011 school year, Ayer and neighboring Shirley have combined to create a regional school district. Data for average teacher salaries in the new Ayer Shirley Regional School District is not yet available, but prior to regionalization, Ayer was near the top of the list.
Serving students from Fiskdale, Sturbridge, Brimfield, Wales, Holland and Brookfield, the Tantasqua school district is also home to GoLocalWorcester's 16th best high school in Central Mass.
3. Northboro & Southboro
Algonquin Regional High School ranked 5th in GoLocalWorcester's top 20 high schools in Central Mass earlier this year, so Northborough and Southborough's high average teacher salaries seem to be paying off.
With 24,411 students, Worcester is home to what is by far the largest school district in Central Mass. The district's high teacher payroll is spread across more than 40 schools in the Commonwealth's second-largest city.
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