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Arlington Teachers Paid Less Than Peers

A new report may surprise you.

Arlington High School. Credit: John Waller
Arlington High School. Credit: John Waller

The average teacher salary in the Arlington Public Schools was $61,069 in 2013, according to a new report by Boston Business Journal.

In the report, Arlington’s average salary ranks 295th of the 328 Massachusetts districts listed. Arlington’s average salary was also $8,000 less than the state median of $69,000.

Concord-Carlisle had the highest average salary at $95,947, while Florida, a small community in western Massachusetts, had the lowest at $35,497, according to the report.

According to the Boston Business Journal’s Craig Douglas, “There's really not much consistency among local towns and cities when it comes to teacher salaries and employment. Some communities are spending more than ever, while others are below where they were before the last recession. Many school districts have seen average teacher pay jump in recent years, while others have made cuts.”

The highest and lowest average teacher salaries in Massachusetts:

1. Concord-Carlisle, $95,947
2. Lincoln-Sudbury, 94,087
3. Sherborn, $91,848
4. Worcester, $91,504
5. Dover-Sherborn, $89,600
Median: $69,000
295. Arlington, $61,069
326. New Salem-Wendell, $50,899
327. Petersham, $50,462
328. Florida, $35,497

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Stephen May 20, 2014 at 02:53 PM
Arlington shows 336 teachers, but the APS payroll tops 1000 people. The use of average is misleading since it does not account for job sharing, higher retirement rates and relative turnover for teachers without professional status. Furthermore, the statistic does not include benefits which Arlington has above average contributions to health care and pensions. Just saying, this statistic comes out every year, you need to see the distributions of salaries, adjustments for benefits and experience of teaching staff, etc. As well, there appears to be no correlation between teacher salaries and MCAS scores.
Dave May 20, 2014 at 03:25 PM
Arlington is 25th in SAT scores. We don't need $95k salaries, those towns have sheep that think paying more = better school.
Dave May 20, 2014 at 03:30 PM
I agree this is somewhat meaningless. More exposing would be average cost per student. Total budget / Total student population. That would be much better of a barometer. For instance if we had a similar cost per student as a town that paid a$75k compared to our $61k, that would indicate we have seriously bloated admin personnel

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