Top Areas for Hiring

Alaska is home to only five cities with populations over 8,000 and collectively these areas are home to the majority of the state’s educators.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Anchorage
  • 298,695
  • 132.9
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $81,725

Anchorage is by far the largest metropolitan area of Alaska and home the highest number of educators at both the elementary to secondary level and postsecondary level. The city’s two major employers of educators are the Anchorage School District, which employs over 2,900 teachers, and the University of Alaska Anchorage.  For elementary, middle and high school side, interested candidates can find postings on the Anchorage School District’s recruitment site under “certified employment.” On the postsecondary side, faculty can find openings at the University of Alaska Anchorage posted on the university’s career page. With public school teachers, on average, reporting annual salaries over $15,000 above living wage estimates for the city, Anchorage is definitely a place where it is possible for teachers to achieve a high standard of living and even have money to spare.

2Fairbanks
  • 32,325
  • 138.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $94,300

While much smaller than Anchorage, Fairbanks is still a relatively large city for Alaska. The two major employers of educators in Fairbanks are the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Openings at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District can be found on the board’s recruitment page.  At the postsecondary level, faculty can look for openings at the University of Alaska Fairbanks on the university’s centralized career page, which posts jobs for all four University of Alaska campuses. In Fairbanks, the University of Alaska employs over a 1000 full-time instructional faculty and more than 4000 additional full-time and part-time staff in administrative and support roles. While living wage estimates for the city are just under $70,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015, Fairbank’s public school teachers made—on average—$94,300. This means that a teacher supporting on a family of four on a single income can easily meet all their family’s basic needs. Double-income teacher families in Fairbanks can expect to have substantial money left over to invest in the future.

3Juneau
  • 32,756
  • 135.2
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $77,766

Another mid-size Alaskan city and the state’s capital, Juneau is another popular destination for educators. The city’s two major employers are the Juneau School District and the University of Alaska Southeast. The Juneau Borough School District employs approximately 300 teachers who support just under 5000 students in 14 area schools. Jobs with the district can be found on the district’s career page. Postsecondary educators looking for openings at the University of Alaska Southeast should visit the university’s centralized career portal. Like other areas of the state, Juneau’s living wage is well below reported annual salaries for teachers, making it at an attractive destination for public school teachers.

4Sitka
  • 8,863
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $77,766

Sitka is a relatively small city located in the southeast part of the state and not far from Juneau. The two largest employers of educators in Sitka are the Sitka School District and a satellite campus of the University of Alaska Southeast.  For jobs at the Sitka School District, candidates should visit the district’s career page.  Jobs at the Sitka campus of the University of Alaska Southeast appear on the university’s centralized recruitment page. With salaries for educators outpacing living wage estimates for the region, in Sitka, educators can reasonably expect to meet all their basic needs and have ample money left over for travel, home improvements and future investments.

5Ketchikan
  • 8,197
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $77,766

Another relatively small city, Ketchikan, located in the southeast part of the state, has much to offer educators. The city’s major employer is the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District, which employs approximately 150 teachers in 10 local schools. Jobs with the district can be found on the district’s recruitment website. Ketchikan is also home to a satellite campus of the University of Alaska Southeast and the campus employs a small number of postsecondary educators; information on openings appear on the university’s centralized recruitment page. With statewide reported educator salaries well exceeding local living wage estimates, educators in Ketchikan and reasonably expect to meet all their basic needs and to have money to invest in the future.

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