Top Areas for Hiring

Arizona is home to 10 cities with a population over 100,000. These cities include Phoenix and several of Phoenix’s suburbs and Tuscan; together, these metropolitan areas are where most of the state’s educators live and work.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Phoenix
  • 1,563,025
  • 95.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $45,000
  • [TBA]

The major employers of teachers in Phoenix are the Paradise Valley Unified District, which employs 1,744 teachers, and Phoenix Union High School District, with 1,308 teachers. Combined, these teachers serve over 60,000 teachers in over 60 local schools. Employment opportunities with Paradise Valley Unified District, which hires elementary, middle and high school teachers, can be found on the district’s recruitment site. Phoenix Union High School District posts job openings on their talent recruitment page. Another major employer in Phoenix is the State University of Arizona, which lists career opportunities for faculty on their human resources page for faculty recruitment. While single family educator families make under living wage estimates for the region, dual income educator families and postsecondary educators generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage estimates.

2Tucsan
  • 531,641
  • 93.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $38,996
  • [TBA]

The second largest city in Arizona is Tuscan.  Major employers in Tuscan include the Tuscan Unified School District, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University. The Tuscan Unified School District, the second larges employers of public school teachers in the state, posts available openings on their career site. At the postsecondary level, educators can find available openings at the University of Arizona on the UACareers website and available openings at Northern Arizona University on NAU’s career page.  Although the cost of living index for the area is below the national average, Tuscan’s living wage estimates still outpace salaries for public school teachers. Dual-income educator families, however, can expect to meet or exceed living wage estimates in Tuscan.

3Mesa
  • 471,825
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $45,000
  • [TBA]

The main employer of educators in Mesa is Mesa Public Schools, which is also the state’s largest school district, employing over 3,300 full-time teachers. Jobs with the Mesa Unified District can be found on the district’s career page. Mesa is also home to branches of several colleges and universities, including Benedictine University and Wilkes University, which both post available faculty positions on their human resources sites.  Like other areas of the state, single income educator families do not meet the region’s living wage estimates, but dual-income educator families do.

4Chandler
  • 260,828
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $44,186
  • [TBA]

Chandler is served by several local school districts, but primarily by the Chandler Unified School District. Jobs with the Chandler Unified School District can be found on the district’s recruitment site.  The region is also home to several postsecondary institutions, including Chandler-Gilbert Community College, which posts available openings on their website, and International Baptist College, which posts jobs on the International Association of Baptist Colleges and Universities Job Board. Like other areas of Arizona, living wage estimates for Chandler are higher than annual average reported public school teacher salaries.

5Glendale
  • 240,126
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $44,186
  • [TBA]

Glendale is served by several school districts, including the Peoria Unified District. Employing over 1,800 full-time classroom teachers, Peoria Unified District is one of the state’s larger employers of teachers; jobs with the board can be found on their recruitment site.  Glendale is also home to Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management. For available openings, Arizona State University, one can visit their recruitment site. Based on statewide data, average reported salaries for public school teachers lag behind living wage estimates for the region. Dual-income educator families and postsecondary educators, however, generally meet or exceed living wage estimates for the region.

6Scottsdale
  • 236,839
  • 113.8%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $45,000
  • [TBA]

The major employer of educators in Scottsdale is the Scottsdale Unified School District, which posts jobs on its job search site. Part of Scottsdale is also served by the Paradise Valley Unified School District, which also hosts a recruitment page. On the postsecondary side, there are no universities but there is one community college: Scottsdale Community College. Jobs at the college can be found on the Maricopa Community Colleges District recruitment page. Public school teachers in Scottsdale report annual salaries at $45,000, which is well under living wage estimates for the region.

7Gilbert
  • 247, 542
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $44,186
  • [TBA]

Gilbert Public Schools is the main employer of educators in Gilbert, although the region is also served by several other school districts. Jobs with Gilbert Public Schools are posted on the district’s recruitment page. Other jobs for teachers can be found with Gilbert Christian Schools, which posts jobs on their website. There are no postsecondary institutions in Gilbert. According to state data, educators made under the living wage estimates for the region.

8Tempe
  • 175,826
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $44,186
  • n/a

The major employers of educators in Tempe include the Tempe Elementary School District and Tempe Union High School District.  The Tempe Elementary School District posts jobs on its recruitment page. The Tempe Union High School District also has a recruitment page. In addition, Arizona State University has a campus in Tempe (available jobs can be found on the university’s talent recruitment site). Postsecondary faculty can also look for work at Brookline College and Bryan University.  Single-income educator families make below living wage estimates for the region but dual-income educator families and postsecondary educators with full-time positions generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage estimates.

9Peoria
  • 171,237
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $44,186
  • n/a

The top employer of teachers in Peoria is the Peoria Unified School District. The district employs 1,854 educators and posts available positions online. Trine University has a branch campus in Peoria and posts available jobs on their recruitment site. Salaries for public school teachers generally fall well below living wage estimates for a family of four in Peoria; dual-income educator families are better off in the region and generally exceed living wage estimates.

10Surprise
  • 128,422
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $44,186
  • n/a

The primary employer of educators in Surprise is the Dysart Unified School District. The district employs approximately 1,300 full-time educators. Available jobs can be found on the district’s recruitment page. There are no large postsecondary institutions in Surprise. Educator salaries in Surprise generally do not meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

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