Low pay, economy shrinking Mass. substitute teacher market
Substitute teachers are increasingly hard for local districts to find, as low pay and a healthy economy dry up the pool of potential applicants in the region.
Across Central Massachusetts, subs generally can expect to be paid under $100 to teach a full day of classes in most districts, even if they have a college degree and are certified to be a teacher.
According to some local officials as well as substitute teachers themselves, that relatively paltry compensation has made the choice to sub not very attractive, especially as a minimum wage hike in the state sets in. But as many school systems struggle to cover basic services with their budgets each year, increasing the pay for subs isn’t yet a major priority in some districts.