Worcester teachers’ salary slightly below state average, well above US

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Fourth-grade teacher Kim Kates instructs via Zoom from her classroom in Spencer.

WORCESTER – As teachers get ready for the start of the school year, average salaries for Worcester teachers come in slightly below the average salary in Massachusetts, which a new study finds to be among the highest in the country.

City teachers are well above the national average teacher’s salary and the average salary for all occupations in Massachusetts. 

Worcester public school teachers had an average salary of $80,121 in 2019, the most recent year recorded at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. The third annual teacher pay report from business research website Business.org puts the average teachers salary within Massachusetts for the 2019-2020 school year at $83,622. 

Teacher’s salaries in Worcester are based on the collective bargaining agreement between the school district and the Educational Association of Worcester. Exact salaries are based on position, related experience and academic degree.