Top Areas for Hiring

Florida is home to 10 larger cities, including Jacksonville and Miami.  The following guide offers population, cost of living, living wage, salary and hiring trend data for Florida’s largest metropolitan areas.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Jacksonville
  • 868,031
  • 98.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $48,713
  • [TBA]

Primary and secondary public schools in Jacksonville are administered by Duval County Public Schools. Educators will find employment opportunities on the districts recruitment page. For postsecondary educators, primary employers in the city include University of North Florida and Jacksonville University.  The University of North Florida is a pubic university employing over 500 academic staff. Faculty opportunities can be found on the university’s online recruitment center. Further academic teaching opportunities exist at Jacksonville University; applicant information can be found on the university’s recruitment page. Florida State College at Jacksonville is an option for college educators. Average teaching salaries in Jacksonville fall significantly below the region’s living wage estimates for a family. Postsecondary educators are an exception, with full-time faculty generally reporting salaries that meet or exceed the region’s living wage estimates.

2Miami
  • 441,003
  • 112.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $51,223
  • [TBA]

Public schools in Miami are governed by Miami Dade County Public schools, the largest school district in Florida and employs over 20,000 teachers. Teachers can search job opportunities at the district’s recruitment site.  The University of Miami is one of the primary employers of postsecondary educators. The university has 11 schools and colleges catering to undergraduate and graduate students. Educators seeking work opportunities at the university can search for openings on their online recruitment center. Teaching salaries at the elementary to secondary levels in Miami typically fall short of the region’s living wage; however, dual-income educator households generally meet or exceed living wage estimates for the region.

3Tampa
  • 369,075
  • 91.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $45,616
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of teachers in Tampa is Hillsborough County Public Schools. One of the largest school districts in the United States with approximately 200,000 students enrolled, the district also employs thousands of teachers.  Teachers of all subjects seeking instructional opportunities with the board can search job postings on the district’s recruitment page. There are also a number of institutions of higher education in Tampa, with the primary employer being the main campus of the University of South Florida. Faculty can find current job opportunities at the institutes online recruitment site. Other local employers on the postsecondary side include Hillsborough Community College and Southern Technical College. On average, educators’ salaries in Tampa lag well under the city’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

4Orlando
  • 270,934
  • 98.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $47,723
  • [TBA]

Public schools are overseen by the Orange County Public Schools. Job seekers can find openings and applicant information on the district’s online recruitment portal. Postsecondary educators can look to the University of Central Florida for work. The university’s online recruitment page provides information about openings. Local colleges include include Valencia College and the Orlando campus of Seminole State College of Florida. Average teaching salaries in Orlando fall below the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four, but dual-income educator households generally meet or exceed living wage estimates for the city.

5St. Petersburg
  • 257,083
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $45,616
  • [TBA]

Primary and secondary education in St. Petersburg is overseen by Pinellas County Schools. For available jobs, check their website. On the postsecondary side, educators can seek work with the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, which posts jobs online, Eckerd College, which posts jobs on its website, and St. Petersburg College, which posts jobs on their careers site. While postsecondary educators with full-time appointments are generally fine, public school teachers in St. Petersburg report wages well below the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

6Hialeah
  • 237,069
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $48,793
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of educators in Hialeah is Dade-Miami County Public Schools. For openings, one can check the district’s recruitment site. University faculty can seek employment at the Florida National University. On the college side of hiring, the best bet is Miami-Dade College, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. Average reported educator salaries fall well below the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four, making dual-income educator households the norm.

7Tallahassee
  • 189,907
  • 99.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $43,483
  • [TBA]

Tallahassee is one of Florida’s top hiring areas for educators. On the elementary to secondary side, teachers can turn to Leon County Schools for work; jobs are posted on the district’s recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, educators can look for work at Florida State University, which hosts a careers site, and Florida A&M University, which posts applicant information on its human resources site. Tallahassee Community College is the best bet for college educators. While jobs for educators are plentiful in Tallahassee, at least for public school teachers, it can be difficult to make ends meet. Public school teachers’ wages, on average, fall approximately $13,000 the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

8Fort Lauderdale
  • 178,590
  • 114.8%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $54,840
  • [TBA]

In Fort Lauderdale, educators at the elementary to secondary levels can look for work with Broward County Public Schools, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. University professors can seek work at Florida Atlantic University, Keiser University and Florida International University, which all operate campuses in Fort Lauderdale. Broward College is the best option for college educators. There is a small living wage to average pay gap for educators in Fort Lauderdale (about $6,500 annually). Dual-income educator families are generally better off along with postsecondary educators who hold full-time faculty appointments.

9Port St. Lucie
  • 179,413
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School, High School, College Professors
  • $51,856
  • [TBA]

In Port St. Lucie, the primary employer of educators is St. Lucie Public Schools. For available positions, one can visit the district’s human resources site.  College professors can look for work at the Port St. Lucie campus of Indian River State College. While educators reported annual salaries lag behind the living wage for the city, the gap in Port St. Lucie is not as large as it is many other Florida cities.

10Pembroke Pines
  • 166,611
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School, High School, College and University Professors
  • $48,793
  • [TBA]

In Pembroke Pines, educators can seek employment with the Broward County Public Schools, which posts available jobs online. Florida Career College’s local campus and Barry University’s local campus are options on the postsecondary side. Like many region’s of Florida, many of Pembroke Pines’ public school teachers face a significant living wage to salary gap, which can make it difficult for educators with dependents to survive and thrive.

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