Massachusetts principals lead educational institutions serving students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is in charge of licensing for all principals regardless of place of employment. The majority of the 6,570 principals in Massachusetts are employed by cities and towns throughout the commonwealth.
Average Pay For Massachusetts Principals
According to the May 2009 State Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates, Massachusetts principals received average pay of $91,870 annually. The bottom 10 percent made just $65,200 while the top 10 percent made $120,640.
Pay By Municipality in Massachusetts
Pay for principals in Massachusetts was heavily determined by municipal area. Massachusetts municipalities ranked by 2009 principal salaries were: Nantucket Island and Martha's Vineyard ($102,310); Barnstable Town ($96,570); Worcester ($96,200); Leominster-Fitchburg-Gardner ($95,100); Lawrence-Methuen-Salem ($94,620); Peabody ($92,640); Boston-Cambridge-Quincy ($92,540); Framingham ($91,910); Providence-Fall River-Warwick ($91,770); Brockton-Bridgewater-Easton ($91,760); Taunton-Norton-Raynham ($90,650); Lowell-Billerica-Chelmsford ($90,570); Northwest Massachusetts ($87,740); New Bedford ($85,900); Haverhill-North Andover-Amesbury ($85,210); North Central Massachusetts ($84,400); Springfield ($84,290); Pittsfield ($83,460); and Nashua ($78,980).
Massachusetts Principal Salaries Versus Other States
Massachusetts principals received the 11th-highest average salaries in the country. The states with higher average pay than Massachusetts were: Connecticut ($109,850); New Jersey ($107,090); Delaware ($103,630); California ($103,600); New York ($103,510); Illinois ($101,760); Maryland ($100,350); Alaska ($99,430); Washington ($94,380); and Rhode Island ($93,220).
Massachusetts Licensing Requirements
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts has two distinct licenses for principals. The first, an initial administrator license, is valid for five years and requires a bachelor's degree, a Massachusetts teachers license, experience as a classroom teacher and passage of an administrator exam. After receiving an initial license, Massachusetts principals are required to apply for the standard professional license every five years. The standard license requires an initial license, a one-year induction program and three years of experience under the initial license guidelines.