Top Areas for Hiring

Delaware is home to six cities and towns with populations over 10,000. These areas, which include Wilmington, Dover, Newark, Middletown, Smyrna and Milford, are where the majority of Delaware’s teachers live and work. However, since one can easily drive from the most southern to most northern part of the state in well under two hours, it is possible to commute to work in nearly any town or district if need be.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Wilmington
  • 71,948
  • 106.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $60,350
  • [TBA]

All three of the state’s largest school boards serve the Wilmington area, including the Red Clay Consolidated School District, Brandywine School District and Christina School District. Red Clay employs over 1,900 employees, including approximately 1,300 teachers. Employment opportunities are posted on the district’s recruitment page. The Brandywine School District employs over 700 teachers; openings in the Brandywine School District are posted on their website. The Christina School District employs over 2500 personnel and a majority are teachers. Job postings for the Christina School District can be found on their recruitment site. In addition to jobs at the elementary, middle and high school level in Wilmington’s three public school districts, teachers can find work at several local private schools. For postsecondary educators, Wilmington is also a popular destination. Major employers at the postsecondary level include Drexel University and the University of Delaware. Jobs at Drexel University are posted online here and jobs at the University of Delaware are posted here.

2Dover
  • 37,522
  • 99.8%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $55,830
  • [TBA]

Dover is home to over 37,000 residents and to several educational institutions at the elementary, middle school, high school and postsecondary levels. The two major employers of educators in Dover are the Caesar Rodney School District and Delaware State University. Caesar Rodney School District oversees the operation of 13 local students; available openings can be found on the district’s employment portal. Delaware State University is another major employer of educators in Dover. Delaware State University’s available jobs are posted on their human resources homepage. Most postsecondary teachers report salaries well above the region’s living wage, but this is not necessarily true for public school teachers at the elementary, middle and secondary school levels.

3Newark
  • 33,817
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,526
  • [TBA]

While a relatively small city, Newark, Delaware is home to high number of teachers. Most educators in the area are employed by one of the following two employers: Christina School District or the University of Delaware. The Christina School District oversees the day-to-day operations of elementary, middle and high schools and one K-12 institution—the Delaware School for the Deaf. Jobs opening for the district can be accessed via the district’s recruitment site. The University of Delaware is another major employer of local educators; faculty jobs can be found on the university’s human resources website. Average annual salaries for educators in Newark fall just under living wage estimates but most teachers with seniority exceed living wage estimates for the region.

4Middletown
  • 20,372
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,526
  • [TBA]

Middletown is served by one of Delaware’s smaller schools districts—the Appoquinimink School District, which is also the town’s major employer of teachers. Jobs in the Appoquinimink School District are posted on their website here. In addition, some local educators work at area private schools, including St. Anne’s Episcopal School and St. Andrew’s School, a local boarding school. Another local employer of educators is Wilmington University, which posts available positions on their recruitment site.  Educators in the area can expect to take home slightly under the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four, but a couple who are both working as teachers would far exceed the living wage estimates for the region.

5Smyrna
  • 11,319
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $57,616
  • [TBA]

The town of Smyrna is served by the Smyrna School District. The district is home to 8 schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Their current openings are posted on their recruitment page. There are no colleges or universities located in Smyrna. While a teaching attempting to support a family of four on a single salary may struggle in Smyrna, a double income household would more than exceed local living wage estimates, making it a great destination for educators.

6Milford
  • 10,252
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $59,526
  • [TBA]

Milford is a midsize town in Delaware and home to several schools. Most local schools are run by the local public school board: Milford Public Schools. Openings for teachers at Milford’s nine local schools can be found on the district’s website. There are no colleges of universities with campuses in Milford. In Milford, the living wage for a family of four is just under the reported average annual salary of a public school teacher, but two teachers’ incomes would be more than enough to well exceed the local living wage in Milford.

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