Massachusetts Occupational Licensing

Licenses

50

of 102 lower-income occupations

x

Burden Rank

8th

for average burdens 1st is worst

=

Combined Rank

29th

for number of licenses x average burdens 1st is worst

How Massachusetts Compares in 2022

Percent Licensed of 102 Occupations

MIN
25%
MAX
75%

Average Days Lost to education and experience

113
972

Average Fees

$92
$727
Average across all states
Massachusetts

Changes Since 2017

  • No licenses created or removed
  • Fees changed most often and usually increased; days lost to education and experience increased for 6 occupations, including residential insulation contractor and skin care specialist, but fell for barber, cosmetologist and dental assistant
  • Burden rank worsened 3 spots and combined rank stayed the same despite net education and experience reductions, largely because other states improved more

2022 Licensing Burdens in Detail

N New License
Increase
Decrease

Data Notes: 2022 data collected between February 3, 2020, and March 18, 2022. Fees include charges for application review and license issuance; exams; background checks, credit reports and fingerprinting; recovery fund contributions; third-party certification; and certain fees for training courses. Calendar days lost were estimated based on required education and experience; except for amounts smaller than one day, days lost are rounded to whole days and thus may not reflect very small changes between 2017 and 2022. Appendix A details methods for estimating days lost and calculating burden ranks. Complete data, including revised 2017 data, are available at https://ij.org/report/license-to-work-3/ltw3-data/.

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