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How Do Belmont Teachers’ Salaries Compare to Their Peers?

A new report ranks Massachusetts districts’ average salaries.

Credit: Wikimedia Commons
Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The average teacher salary in the Belmont Public Schools was $79,244 in 2013, according to a new report by Boston Business Journal.

In the report, Belmont’s average salary ranks 36th of the 328 Massachusetts districts listed. Belmont’s average salary was also about $10,000 higher 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 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
36. Belmont, $79,244
Median: $69,000
326. New Salem-Wendell, $50,899
327. Petersham, $50,462
328. Florida, $35,497

Read the full report >>

Waverly Watchdog May 21, 2014 at 10:49 AM
However the Belmont salaries compare to other towns, the public sector unions, mainly the teachers, are THE problem in Belmont. Since about 2000, the salary increases have EXCEEDED 2 1/2 % year over year. In fact, any specific teacher is getting more like an over 6% annual pay increase, if you add up the annual step-up, plus the year-over-year increase in each step. This is a FACT that is never admitted by either union or Town officials. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From memory, salaries are about 80% of the school budget, and the schools get about 58% of the Town levy. That works out to an ANNUAL roughly 2.75 % increase in the levy, JUST TO MEET THE UNION PAY INCREASES. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ To use a phrase so popular among some: THIS IS UNSUSTAINABLE

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