Where Do Peabody Teacher Salaries Rank in Massachusetts?

A new report by Boston Business Journal ranks school districts by teacher salary.

Photo credit: Patch file photo.
Photo credit: Patch file photo.

The average teacher in Peabody earned $71,125 in 2013, which is ranked 150th in the state, according to a report by Boston Business Journal.

That is a 2% increase over 2012 and an 18% jump since 2008 when the average teacher salary was $60,227 in Peabody.

The Concord-Carlisle school system had the highest average teacher salary at $95,947 while the lowest paid was the western Massachusetts town of Florida, which paid an average of $35,497 in 2013.

Here were the average teacher salaries in other North Shore communities in 2013:

  • Hamilton-Wenham -- $77,909
  • Lynnfield -- $75,493
  • Danvers -- $72,622
  • Salem -- $72,467
  • Lynn -- $69,379
  • Middleton -- $66,446
  • Beverly -- $59,716


"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,” reported Boston Business Journal.

One thing that can play a large part in the average salary is the number of veteran and new teachers. For instance, newer teachers make less money so having a higher percentage of new teachers may skew the average lower for a district. 

Read the full Boston Business Journal report and compare districts.

Andrew Denaro May 22, 2014 at 03:18 PM
@parent - Think what you will. I just was pointing out that you chose to cherry pick numbers and apply them in a skewed fashion to enhance your argument. Anyone can play a numbers game. I'm not disagreeing here with anyone that the teaching system needs a complete overhaul. Aside from the public school system being an indoctrination of today's youth, it is built on an archaic tenure system where once a teacher gets tenured it's VERY hard to remove them if they choose to sit idly. I support some huge changes, this current model makes the good teachers look bad, the ones who are worth every penny they make. My only point in joining this discussion is that its frequently lost on people that there are a lot of good teachers still out there who truly care about your children and go above and beyond to do everything they can to help them succeed, despite all the criticism and marginalization that is directed at their profession.
parent May 23, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Andrew, I agree with you, good teachers get painted with the same brush and it is unfair. Maybe it is time for those teachers to help change the system too. In my 16 years in the schools as a parent in Peabody I have had many wonderful teachers & heard them complain as well about the bad ones. There has to be a way for teachers to police themselves to help change the system otherwise it will never get any better.
Kathleen May 28, 2014 at 11:55 AM
The problem isn't the teachers, it's the union. I was recently told by someone who works in the system that the teachers at the high school are told by the union not to attend graduation unless they get comp time for going. I'm sure most of the teachers want to go and would go just for the pure satisfaction of seeing the young minds that they helped to mold graduating and moving on to bigger and better things. But the union tells them not to attend unless they get comp time for it. Seems ridiculous to me. The union makes it impossible to weed out the good teachers from the bad. And let's face it, new teachers are pressured to join the union whether they agree with their tactics or not.
parent May 28, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Kathleen, I understand what you are saying however, the union rep works for the teachers not he other way around. The Peabody teachers have for years not even know their own bylaws so feigning ignorance is an easy out. As for Comp time why should they be paid to attend graduation if they had pride in their work they would want to see their achievement, correct? The union does not care if you are a good teacher or a bad teacher they only care you pay your dues. And their is no choice or pressure to join the union we are a closed state you have no choice but to join the union on a teaching job. As for tactics teacher vote to decide what is done so they do have a say.


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