Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Teachers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer teachers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where teachers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for teachers.The result is this list of the best cities teachers:
So there you have it — East Stroudsburg is the best city when it comes to being a teacher.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a teacher? That would be Asheville, NC.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for teachers and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for teachers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well teachers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living from MIT’s living wage index.
This left us with enough data for 380 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 380 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for teachers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for teachers.
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Total Jobs: 1,170
Average Annual Salary: $68,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,810
Location Quotient: 2.13
Total Jobs: 1,040
Average Annual Salary: $82,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,950
Location Quotient: 1.54
Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $73,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,990
Location Quotient: 2.24
Total Jobs: 360
Average Annual Salary: $65,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,380
Location Quotient: 2.16
Total Jobs: 770
Average Annual Salary: $89,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,250
Location Quotient: 1.32
Total Jobs: 900
Average Annual Salary: $74,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,010
Location Quotient: 1.53
Total Jobs: 2,120
Average Annual Salary: $77,360
Average Entry Level Salary: $53,540
Location Quotient: 1.28
Total Jobs: 490
Average Annual Salary: $66,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,710
Location Quotient: 1.25
Total Jobs: 1,180
Average Annual Salary: $60,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,170
Location Quotient: 2.07
Total Jobs: 16,690
Average Annual Salary: $75,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,420
Location Quotient: 1.27
If you’re looking to start out your career as a teacher these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a teacher in America:
|1||East Stroudsburg, PA||$68,960|
|11||Atlantic City, NJ||$70,170|
|15||El Centro, CA||$70,630|
|20||Yuba City, CA||$70,430|
|24||San Rafael, CA||$71,460|
|25||Ocean City, NJ||$67,540|
|28||Santa Maria, CA||$74,000|
|29||Santa Fe, NM||$69,290|
|35||Dutchess County, NY||$82,380|
|36||Mount Vernon, WA||$62,090|
|41||El Paso, TX||$52,550|
|44||San Antonio, TX||$53,120|
|50||Nassau County, NY||$97,800|
|69||Corpus Christi, TX||$56,830|
|79||Barnstable Town, MA||$75,950|
|84||Fort Worth, TX||$54,080|
|85||Louisville/Jefferson County, KY||$57,450|
|92||St. Louis, MO||$57,470|
|97||New Haven, CT||$73,600|