Massachusetts is the birthplace of education in the United States. There, you can find the country's oldest public elementary school, high school, boarding school, college, and women's college. Massachusetts is known worldwide for its prestigious universities, Harvard and MIT, which are two of the top-ranking universities in the world. It also has some of the highest-ranking liberal arts schools in the world. As the city is home to some of the best schools in the world, Massachusetts education jobs are abundant.
Massachusetts Education Job Market
Not all the education jobs in Massachusetts are part of its 121 institutions of higher education. Though colleges and universities do hire a large part of the state's workforce, there are also many workers in elementary and secondary education. Some of the fastest growing public school districts in Massachusetts include West Bridgewater, Freetown-Lakeville, and Pembroke. Avoid looking for education jobs in the western part of the state where population decline may lead to teachers being laid off.
Education Salaries in Massachusetts
Working on the island of Nantucket, south of Cape Cod, entitles teachers to a salary over $10k more a year than teachers in the rest of the state. Education jobs in this area pay well, but are scarce since the tiny island only has one elementary, one middle, and one high school.
Teachers can also get paid far more than average by working for smaller, richer school districts, charter schools, or technical schools. The Wayland school system employs about 200 teachers and pays them an average salary of almost $90k a year. Similar high-paying school systems include Concord, Harvard, Dover-Sherborn, Worcester (with over 1,500 teachers), and Lincoln-Sudbury.
If you can get a job working at Harvard, it's one of the highest paying universities for professors in the country.