Top Areas for Hiring

California is home to 10 major cities, including Los Angeles and San Diego. These metropolitan areas are where the majority of the state’s educators live and work.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Los Angeles
  • 3,971,883
  • 139.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College, and University Professors
  • $73,713
  • [TBA]

Los Angeles is home to the Los Angeles Unified School District, which is one of the largest public school system in the United States Available jobs can be found on the district’s recruitment page. At the postsecondary level, the University of California Los Angeles is the largest employer. The university posts all available opportunities on their online career center. College teaching positions can be found at several local colleges, including Los Angeles City College. Educator salaries in Los Angeles meet or exceed the region’s living wage, making it a recommended destination for educators to live, work and raise a family.

2San Diego
  • 1,394,928
  • 143.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $69,913
  • [TBA]

San Diego Unified School District is the primary employer of public school teachers in the San Diego. The district employs over 5,000 educators. Job opportunities and salary schedules for SDUSD can be found on their recruitment site. The University of San Diego is the city’s largest postsecondary employer. Current academic positions can be found on their recruitment page. Opportunities for postsecondary faculty can also be found at the University of California, San Diego, which posts available jobs on its recruitment page. College educators can seek employment at San Diego City College, which is just one of the many local colleges. With an active job market and educators’ wages meeting the living wage estimates for a family of four in the region, San Diego is a recommended city for educators to live, work and raise a family.

3San Jose
  • 1,026,908
  • 143.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $74,853
  • [TBA]

In San Jose, the main employer of educators is San Jose Unified School District, which employs over 1,400 teachers. The district posts opportunities on its job site. Postsecondary educators can look for opportunities at Stanford University; job postings can be found on the university’s job search site. San Jose City College is among the best bets for college educators. Average teaching salaries generally just meet the city’s living wage estimates, making San Jose a recommended city in which to work and live as an educator.

4San Francisco
  • 864,816
  • 174.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $71,913
  • [TBA]

In San Francisco, major employers of educators include San Francisco Unified District, which posts jobs on its recruitment page, and the South San Francisco and Berkley Unified districts, which also post available opportunities on their websites. Other major local employers include the University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco State University and the California College of the Arts, which all post available jobs on their recruitment sites.  On average, educators in San Francisco make slightly under the region’s living wage—this no doubt reflects the fact that the cost of living and especially the cost of housing in San Francisco is now among the nation’s highest and on the rise.

5Fresno
  • 520,052
  • 107.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $75,490
  • [TBA]

Fresno Unified School District is among the largest local employers and posts teaching jobs on its website. The primary employer of educators at the postsecondary level is California State University Fresno. Positions for current academic posts can be found on their recruitment page. Local colleges include Fresno City College, which posts jobs online, and Clovis Community College, which also hosts a recruitment site. Educators’ salaries in Fresno generally far exceed the region’s living wage estimate for a family, making it a recommended destination for educators to live and work.

6Sacramento
  • 490,712
  • 115.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $68,460
  • [TBA]

Sacramento City Unified School District, the area’s largest employer of educators on the elementary to secondary side, hosts a recruitment site. Los Rios Community College District is another large local employer; see their job recruitment site for more information. Faculty positions at the California State University Sacramento campus are also posted on the institution’s recruitment site. On average, local educators make above the region’s living wage estimates for a family, making Sacramento a recommended destination for educators at all levels of the education system.

7Long Beach
  • 474,140
  • 139.1
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $73,713
  • [TBA]

Long Beach Unified School District is the largest employer in the Long Beach with an estimated 3,000 certified teaching staff; jobs can be found online on their recruitment page. California State University Long Beach, another local employer of educators, posts current positions on their careers recruitment page. College educators can look for work at several local colleges, including Long Beach City College. On average, educators’ salaries in the region generally outpace the region’s living wage estimates for a family, making Long Beach another highly recommended destination for educators at all levels.

8Oakland
  • 419, 267
  • 145.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School, High School, and University Educators
  • $71,943
  • [TBA]

Oakland Unified School District encompasses over 100 elementary, middle, and high schools. For available openings, visit the district’s recruitment page. On the postsecondary side, best bets include Patten University, Mills College, a private women’s liberal arts college, and the California College of the Arts. Single educator incomes in Oakland fall short of the city’s living wage, although dual educator income families and single post-secondary academic staff can expect to exceed the living wage estimate.

9Bakersfield
  • 373,640
  • 107.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $66,493
  • [TBA]

The city of Bakersfield is served by Bakersfield City School District. For openings, visit their recruitment page. California State University Bakersfield has opportunities for postsecondary educators; openings can be found at the university’s recruitment page. The region is also home to Bakersfield College, which posts available openings on its online employment page.

Educators’ salaries in Bakersfield generally compete well with the region’s estimated living wage for a family of four, making the city a recommended destination for educators and their families.

10Anaheim
  • 350,742
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, college and university
  • $73,713
  • [TBA]

In Anaheim, the Anaheim Elementary School District, which posts jobs on its recruitment site, and Anaheim Union High School District, which also posts available jobs online, are the two largest employers. Employment opportunities for faculty also exist at Anaheim University, a host of their faculty positions are posted on their online recruitment page, and North Orange County Community College, which posts jobs its career site. In Anaheim, educators’ annual salaries generally meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family, making Anaheim a recommended place for educators to live and work.

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