Top Areas for Hiring

Connecticut is home to nine major cities, including Bridgeport and New Haven with a combined population of over a quarter 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
1Bridgeport
  • 147,629
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $78,393
  • [TBA]

Bridgeport, the most populated city in the state, and home to the second largest school system in Connecticut. Bridgeport Public Schools employ over 1,700 teaching facilitators, and the district is currently undergoing expansion. Career opportunities within the school system can be found on the district’s recruitment page. Other local options include St. Vincent’s College, which posts positions on its recruitment page. At the postsecondary level, the city is home to Bridgeport University. As a rapidly growing university, Bridgeport is recruiting and posts available academic opportunities on its recruitment site. Teaching salaries in Bridgeport generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage, making it a recommended destination for educators.

2New Haven
  • 130,322
  • 124.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $75,530
  • [TBA]

New Haven Public Schools is the district serving New Haven and the best bet for teachers seeking work from the elementary through to high school level. Prospective employees can find current vacancies on the school district’s online careers center. There are several institutions in New Haven where postsecondary educators can seek work. Yale University posts current academic positions on their online job board. New Haven is also home to Southern Connecticut State University; for openings visits the school’s recruitment page. Average teaching salaries in New Haven meet or exceed the city’s living wage.

3Stamford
  • 128,874
  • 147.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $78,393
  • [TBA]

Stamford has one of the most educated populations in the United States. Stamford Public Schools is the largest employer of public school teachers in the city; they post current teaching opportunities on their recruitment page. Postsecondary educators can look for work at the University of Connecticut, which employs faculty at its Stamford campus. Career opportunities may be found by visiting the university’s online careers center. Teaching salaries in Stamford meet or exceed the region’s living wage, making it a recommended destination for educators.

4Hartford
  • 124,006
  • 125.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $73,526
  • [TBA]

Hartford Public Schools is the best bet for primary to secondary teachers in Hartford. Teachers seeking opportunities will find current vacancies posted on their online job board. In addition, Hartford is home to the Montessori Magnet School, where teaching opportunities also exist. For educators seeking faculty prospects, Hartford is home to several world-class institutions, such as Trinity College and Capital Community College. Trinity College employs over 250 academic staff and is ranked as one of the best national liberal arts colleges in the United States. Educators can find career opportunities on the college’s online career page. Capital Community College also posts current teaching opportunities on their online job board. Another option is the University of Connecticut School of Business, which is based in Hartford. Average teaching salaries in Hartford meet or top the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

5Waterbury
  • 108,802
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $80,206
  • [TBA]

The city’s public schools system is run by the Waterbury Public School district, which employs over 1,500 teachers across its 30 schools and educational programs. Educators can find current job opportunities on the school districts’ online careers board. Naugatuck Valley Community College is another major employer in the city; qualified teaching professionals can seek job opportunity on the college’s recruitment site. For postsecondary teaching positions, the University of Connecticut has a campus located in downtown Waterbury. Access to job opportunities can be found on the university’s central recruitment page. Average public school teacher salaries in Hartford tend to meet the city’s living wage based on a single educators income supporting a family of four.

6Norwalk
  • 88,485
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $78,393
  • [TBA]

For elementary, middle and high school teachers, Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District offers employment opportunities for teachers seeking work. Although the city does not have a university, Norwalk Community College employs postsecondary faculty; career opportunities can be found on the college’s careers board. Teaching salaries in Norwalk exceed the region’s living wage, making it a recommended destination for educators.

7Danbury
  • 84,657
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $75,710
  • [TBA]

Danbury Public Schools District is the primary employer of teachers living in Danbury. Educators can find current career opportunities on the district’s recruitment page. For postsecondary educators, the best bet is Western Connecticut State University, which offers academic teaching opportunities that are posted on their career site. By and large, Danbury is a recommended destination for educators with local educators making above the region’s estimated living wage for a family of four.

8New Britain
  • 72,808
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School, High School, University Professors
  • $75,866
  • [TBA]

New Britain Public Schools is the primary facilitator of elementary, middle and high school education in the region. Teachers seeking employment opportunities with the board can find job openings on the district’s recruitment page. Postsecondary educators can look to the University of Connecticut, which employs faculty at its New Britain campus. Career opportunities may be found by visiting the university’s online careers center. Average teaching salaries in New Britain generally meet the city’s living wage based on the needs of a family of four, making it a recommended place for educators at all levels to work and live.

9West Hartford
  • 63,268
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $75,866
  • [TBA]

West Hartford Public School District is the primary employer of educators on the elementary to secondary side of hiring. Teachers seeking employment opportunities with the district should visit the district’s website where job openings posted online.  Postsecondary academic teaching opportunities in the city can be found at the University of Hartford and University of Connecticut. Educators can apply to these local institutions via the universities’ career sites Average teaching salaries in West Hartford generally meet the city’s living wage based on a family of four.

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