Top Areas for Hiring

Top destinations for educators in Massachusetts include Boston, Worcester and Springfield, but outstanding public and private schools and top-ranked colleges and universities exist statewide, making Massachusetts an especially appealing destination for educators.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Boston
  • 667,137
  • 142.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $71,536
  • [TBA]

Boston is not only the birthplace of public education in the United States but home to some of the nation’s most prestigious and influential colleges and universities. Today, Boston Public Schools is the city’s primary employer of public school teachers. Jobs with the board can be found on their recruitment site.  There are close to 30 colleges and universities in the Boston city limits alone, but Cambridge, a separate municipality connected to Boston, is home to some of the most well know Boston area institutions, including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. Given the high density of postsecondary jobs in the Boston area, to get started, one should visit HigherEdJobs and do a search for the Boston area. Average public school teacher salaries in Boston exceed the city’s living wage estimates and the city’s full-time college and university faculty are among the highest paid in the nation.

2Worcestor
  • 184,815
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $69,720
  • [TBA]

Worcester Public Schools employ over 1,400 teachers; for openings, one can visit the district’s recruitment site. On the higher education side, Worcester is home to Assumption College and Becker College, Clark University, Quinsigamond Community College and the University of Massachusetts Medical School. In Worcestor, public school teachers make under the city’s living wage for a family of four, but postsecondary educators make well above the region’s estimated living wage.

3Springfield
  • 154,341
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $70,890
  • [TBA]

For public school teachers seeking work in Springfield, Springfield Public Schools is the best bet. With over 2000 classroom teachers, the board is among the state’s largest employers of teachers at the pre-college level. For openings, one can visit their recruitment site. In addition, Springfield is home to a number of faith-based schools. Springfield is part of the a so-called “knowledge corridor” and is home to one of the highest concentrations of colleges and universities in the United States. In Springfield, best bets for postsecondary educators include Western New England University and Springfield Technical College. The greater Springfield area is home to Amherst College, Smith College and Mount Holyoke, as well as the alternative liberal arts college, Hampshire College.

4Lowell
  • 110,699
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $67,586
  • [TBA]

In Lowell, average public school teachers’ salaries are just under the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four but postsecondary educators with full-time appointments typically far exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family. The primary employer of school teachers in Lowell is Lowell Public Schools, which posts openings online. College educators can look for work at Middlesex Community College, which hosts a recruitment site.  The University of Massachusetts Lowell is the largest postsecondary employer. For openings, visit their recruitment page.

5New Bedford
  • 94,958
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $72,120
  • [TBA]

If you’re an elementary, middle school or high school teachers seeking work in New Bedford, the best bet is New Bedford Public Schools, which posts jobs online. Local Catholic schools are another option for educators open to teaching in a faith-based school. On the postsecondary side, Bristol College and nearby, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth are the best bets, but bear in mind that there are no universities within New Bedford’s city limits. On average, educators across levels report salaries that meet or exceed the region’s living wage estimates for a family.

6Brockton
  • 95,314
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $72,860
  • [TBA]

Brockton Public Schools in the primary source of employment for elementary to secondary level school teachers in Brockton.  Openings are posted on their recruitment site. The region is also home to several local Catholic schools; for openings, visit the local diocese’s job search page. The best bet on the postsecondary side is Massasoit Community College, which posts jobs on its career site. On average, educators’ salaries are well above the city’s living wage requirements for a family, making Brockton another top destination for educators in Massachusetts.

7Quincy
  • 93,618
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $71,586
  • [TBA]

In Quincy, educators across levels generally meet or exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family. Best bets for public school teachers include the local board, Quincy Public Schools, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. Other options include the Woodward School for Girls and Quincy Catholic Academy. College professors can look for work Quincy College, which also posts jobs online.

8Fall River
  • 88,777
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $71,586
  • [TBA]

On the elementary to secondary side of hiring, the best bet is Fall River Public Schools. Available openings and applicant instructions are posted on their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side of hiring, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth has two branches in the city; for openings, visit their career page. Other options include Eastern Nazarene College and Bristol Community College. In Fall River, educator salaries are well above the region’s living wage estimates for a family, making it a great place to work and live.

9Somerville
  • 80,318
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $71,586
  • [TBA]

Somerville Public Schools is the main provider of public school education in Somerville. Available openings are posted on their website. Local postsecondary institutions include Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service; for openings, visit Tuft University central recruitment site. All and all, life for educators in Somerville is desirable—public school teachers’ average salaries and postsecondary educators’ salaries both meet or exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

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