Top Areas for Hiring

Colorado is home to 8 major cities, which include Denver and Colorado Springs, with a combined population of over 5 million. 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
1Denver
  • 682,545
  • 109.3%
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School, University and College Professors
  • $54,520
  • [TBA]

Denver’s public school district is served primarily by Denver Public Schools, which is the mainstream provider of elementary to high school education; the district employs approximately 5,561 teachers. Ranked as the fastest growing school district in the nation, teaching jobs for their 200 schools can be found on the district’s careers page. Postsecondary educators can seek work opportunities at the University of Denver, the largest private university in the state. Faculty opportunities can be found on the university’s recruitment page. The University of Colorado Denver also posts current their current teaching positions on their online careers board. College educators can look for work at the Metropolitan State College of Denver, which posts jobs on its human resources site. Sole income educator families living in Denver make below the city’s average living wage, however, dual income educator families are generally able to cover basic expenses and save for the future.

2Colorado Springs
  • 456, 568
  • 96.0
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School, University and College Professors
  • $45,580
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of teachers in Colorado Springs is Colorado Springs School District and Academy School District 20. Colorado Springs School District welcome applications directly through their online careers page. Academy School District 20 also post their current vacancies online where one can apply directly via their recruitment page. For postsecondary educators, the University of Colorado Colorado Springs, one of the fastest growing U.S. universities, is the largest employer; one can find find details of current opportunities on their careers page. Salaries for public school teachers in the region generally fall significantly below the living wage for the region, based on estimates for a family of four, with one educator working full time. By contrast, dual income educator households tend to meet or exceed the region’s living wage estimates.

3Aurora
  • 359,407
  • n/a
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College professors
  • $54,520
  • [TBA]

In Aurora, Aurora Public Schools is the main employer of teachers with schools from the elementary to high school level. Current job postings for the district can be found on district’s recruitment page. Although there are no universities in Aurora, postsecondary faculty may seek job opportunities at the Community College of Aurora, Available jobs can be found on the institute’s recruitment page. Single-income educator salaries in Aurora typically do not meet the region’s living wage for a family of four, but dual-income educator households generally exceed it.

4Fort Collins
  • 161, 175
  • n/a
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College and University Professors
  • $50,536
  • [TBA]

The Poudre School District is the primary employer of educators in Fort Collins, with 50 schools across the city. One can find current teaching opportunities on the school district’s recruitment page. Postsecondary teaching faculty can apply to Colorado State University for academic teaching positions at its Fort Collins campus. Career opportunities can also be viewed on the university recruitment page. For college teaching jobs, the best bet is Front Range Community College. Public school teachers’ salaries generally do not meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four, but postsecondary educators’ salaries generally do meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

5Lakewood
  • 152, 597
  • n/a
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College and University Professors
  • $54,520
  • [TBA]

The main employers of teachers in the city are Lakewood Public School District and Jeffco Public Schools. Lakewood Public School District is actively seeking teaching staff, and one can find details of available opportunities on their careers page. Jeffco Public Schools employs over 14,000 staff members; prospective employees can find career opportunities on the district’s recruitment page. For postsecondary educators, Colorado Christian University is one option; available employment opportunities can be found on the university recruitment page. Another local option is Red Rocks Community College. Teaching salaries in Lakewood city generally fall lower than the living wage, but dual-income educator families are generally able to survive and thrive in Lakewood.

6Thornton
  • 133,451
  • n/a
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School
  • $51,366
  • [TBA]

In Thornton, educators can look for work with the Adams 12 Five Star Schools and Brighton School District. Jobs with Adams County School District are posted on the district’s recruitment site. Brighton School District also posts applicant information online.  There are no major postsecondary employers in Thornton. On average, educator salaries in Thornton fall well below the living wage estimates for the region, making dual-income educator families the norm.

7Arvada
  • 115, 368
  • n/a
  • Elementary School, Middle School, High School, College professors
  • $51,366
  • [TBA]

In Arvada, the best bet for educators at the elementary to secondary school levels is Jefferson County School District. Job opportunities may be found by visiting the recruitment page of the school district. For postsecondary educators, the region’s community college is a potential employer. For details visit Red Rocks Community College’s online employment page. While educators in Arvada do not generally meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family, dual-income educator families can reasonably expect to meet all their basic needs and save for the future.

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