WBUR created a map showing how average teacher salaries compare across Massachusetts, and the Somerville Public Schools' average K-12 teacher salary was itself about average when compared to the city's neighbors in the region.
Matt Wilder, Boston Public Schools' director of media relations, pointed out that WBUR used outdated numbers from the 2008-2009 school year in creating their map, so the chart below uses newer numbers from the 2009-2010 school year.
The average teacher salary in Somerville was $67,772, according those numbers, which come from Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website. That means Somerville teachers were paid a little more than most of their colleagues in neighboring communities, but not by much. The salaries range from $60,168 in Stoneham to $84,894 in Boston.
On the WBUR map, the darker the city or town, the higher the average salary. The map can be viewed for elementary teacher salaries (red), middle school salaries (green) and high school salaries (blue).
Below is a chart using the most recent numbers, from the 2009-2010 school year and on the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website, showing the average teacher salary by community in ascending order along with the municipality's expenditure per pupil from the '08-'09 school year, taken from WBUR's map.City/Town Average Salary Expenditure Per Pupil Stoneham $60,168 $11,400 Reading $60,300 $10,742 Arlington $61,757 $11,813 Melrose $62,225 $10,288 Saugus $62,266 $11,079 Wilmington $63,209 $11,436 North Reading $63,262 $10,888 Wakefield $64,041 $11,299 Woburn $65,282 $13,909 Somerville $67,772 $16,219 Winchester $68,908 $11,373 Medford $68,929 $13,269 Lynnfield $72,682 $10,600 Malden $73,203 $12,798 Cambridge $77,380 $26,337 Boston $84,894 $17,900