Early Childhood Education Jobs in Massachusetts

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Massachusetts has a rich history, bustling cities, and beautiful landscapes as well as some of the highest salaries in the nation for early childhood education workers. The state ranks in the top 15 for all categories of early childhood education jobs. Kindergarten teachers are especially likely to find high-paying work. They can bring in more than $17,000 more each year than the national average, creating a lot of competition for only around 3,000 total positions.

Massachusetts Salary Rankings

#2

in the US for Childcare Workers

#3

in the US for Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education

#6

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

#6

in the US for Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education

#4

in the US for Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare

#9

in the US for Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Early Childhood Jobs in Massachusetts

On average, early childhood educators in Massachusetts do quite a bit better in terms of salary than their counterparts around the country. The exceptions are in child social services. And although salaries are quite a bit higher in kindergarten teaching, special education positions, and administration, there are also relatively few jobs available in those areas.

Occupation Total Employed Median Annual Salary % of US Median
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education 16,360 $39,180 check114%
Childcare Workers 13,300 $30,090 check126%
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 12,340 $48,670 eks98%
Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School 6,490 $74,470 check117%
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 3,020 $75,510 check121%
Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare 1,880 $53,990 check116%
Special Education Teachers, Preschool 1,060 $64,370 check104%
eks = Salary below nat’l. avg.     check = Salary above nat’l. avg.

Childcare Workers – There are 13,300 childcare workers employed in the state, making an average of $30,090 a year. That’s a solid $5,480 better than the national average.

Child, Family, and School Social Workers – 12,340 social workers serve in the child, family, and school sector, with an average salary of $48,670. Unfortunately, that’s just about $1,000 lower than the national average for such positions.

Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education – There are only 3,020 kindergarten teachers in Massachusetts outside the special education field, but they make a whopping $17,140 a year more than the national average, pulling in $75,510 on average.

Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education – 16,360 teachers work at the preschool level here, with an average salary of $39,180. That’s just about $5,000 better than the national average.

Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School – 6,490 teachers work in special education at the kindergarten and elementary level. Their average salary of $74,470 beats the national average by $11,360.

Special Education Teachers, Preschool and Childcare – There are 1,060 preschool special education teachers here, with an average salary of $64,370… $2,760 better than the national average.

Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare – Only 1,880 individuals work as administrators at the preschool and childcare level, with a salary average of $59,800. That’s just about $6,000 better than the national average of $53,990.

City-Level Job Stats

Boston, Springfield, and Worcester are three of the best places to find jobs with high salaries. But don’t be afraid to look outside the big cities… special education teachers at the kindergarten and elementary levels in Leominster can pull in more than $90,000 a year! That combines a comfortable country lifestyle with an exceptional salary.

Preschool Teachers

  • Barnstable Town, MA – 380 teachers with a median annual salary of $29,830
  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 13,490 teachers with a median annual salary of $35,550
  • Leominster-Gardner, MA – 140 teachers with a median annual salary of $31,930
  • New Bedford, MA – 400 teachers with a median annual salary of $28,290
  • Pittsfield, MA – 190 teachers with a median annual salary of $25,510
  • Springfield, MA-CT – 1,310 teachers with a median annual salary of $33,870
  • Worcester, MA-CT – 740 teachers with a median annual salary of $48,930
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA – 1,650 teachers with a median annual salary of $29,780

Kindergarten Teachers

  • Barnstable Town, MA – 120 teachers with a median annual salary of $71,560
  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 2,160 teachers with a median annual salary of $72,600
  • New Bedford, MA – 80 teachers with a median annual salary of $85,020
  • Springfield, MA-CT – 310 teachers with a median annual salary of $75,970
  • Worcester, MA-CT – 240 teachers with a median annual salary of $68,610
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA – 670 teachers with a median annual salary of $69,620

Special Education Teachers – Preschool

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 810 teachers with a median annual salary of $55,960
  • Springfield, MA-CT – 80 teachers with a median annual salary of $91,210
  • Worcester, MA-CT – 140 teachers with a median annual salary of $57,800
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA – 100 teachers with a median annual salary of $70,120

Special Education Teachers – Kindergarten and Elementary School

  • Barnstable Town, MA – 230 teachers with a median annual salary of $76,980
  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 4,910 teachers with a median annual salary of $71,770
  • Leominster-Gardner, MA – 70 teachers with a median annual salary of $90,090
  • New Bedford, MA – 120 teachers with a median annual salary of $89,830
  • Pittsfield, MA – 30 teachers with a median annual salary of $58,620
  • Springfield, MA-CT – 500 teachers with a median annual salary of $66,090
  • Worcester, MA-CT – 480 teachers with a median annual salary of $73,470
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA – 770 teachers with a median annual salary of $72,230

Education Administrators – Preschool and Childcare

  • Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH – 1,450 administrators with a median annual salary of $57,440
  • New Bedford, MA – 50 administrators with a median annual salary of $45,450
  • Springfield, MA-CT – 190 administrators with a median annual salary of $52,700
  • Worcester, MA-CT – 180 administrators with a median annual salary of $48,930
  • Providence-Warwick, RI-MA – 250 administrators with a median annual salary of $53,510

 

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, [salary data accessed April 2019] https://www.bls.gov/oes/current/oes_ma.htm#25-0000.

BLS salary data represents state and MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) average and median earnings for the occupations listed and includes workers at all levels of education and experience. This data does not represent starting salaries. Employment conditions in your area may vary.

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