Top Areas for Hiring

There are only eight cities in Idaho with populations over 45,000. These cities include Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Caldwell, Coeur d’Alene and Twin Falls.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Boise
  • 218,281
  • 91.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • 47,616
  • [TBA]

The largest employers of educators in Boise are the Boise School District and West Ada School District. Jobs with the Boise School District can be found on the district’s recruitment site. West Ada School District also posts available jobs on line. At the postsecondary level, Boise State University, which advertises openings for professors on its human resources site, is the major employer. Postsecondary educators can also find work at the University of Idaho and Idaho State University, which both have satellite campuses in Boise. Due to the disparity between teacher wages and estimated living costs, educators in Boise at all levels typically require a dual income to meet the basic needs of a family of four.

2Meridian
  • 90,739
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $47,063
  • [TBA]

A suburb of Boise, Meridian is Idaho’s second largest metropolitan area. It is not home to any postsecondary institutions (though postsecondary educators living in Meridian can easily commute to work at college and university campuses in Boise). The major employer of educators in Meridian is the West Ada School District, which advertising available openings on its recruitment site. Like many other Idaho areas, educators generally make less than the living wage for a family of four, which means most educators require a dual-income household to meet their family’s basic needs.

3Nampa
  • 89,839
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College Professors
  • $47,063
  • [TBA]

Nampa is Idaho’s third largest metropolitan area and home. The major employer in Nampa is the Nampa School District. Jobs with the Nampa School District are posted on their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, educators can find work at the Northwest Nazarene University, which posts jobs on its website, and at the College of Western Idaho, which also supports a recruitment site for potential educators. Given the disparity between the region’s living wage estimates and educators’ annual average incomes, most educators rely on a dual-income to meet the bas

4Idaho Falls
  • 59,184
  • 83.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $43,013
  • [TBA]

The two largest employers of public school teachers in Idaho Falls are the Idaho Falls School District and Bonneville Joint School District. Jobs with the Idaho Falls School District are posted on recruitment site. Bonneville Joint School District also supports an online recruitment page. At the postsecondary level, educators can look for work at Eastern Idaho Technical College. While educators attempting to support a family of four on a single income in Idaho Falls may find themselves, dual income families can expect to meet and exceed any basic needs and even have some money left over to save for the future.

5Pocatello
  • 54,441
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $47,430
  • [TBA]

Pocatello’s major employer of educators is the Pocatello/Chubbuck School District, which posts available positions on their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, educators can look for work Idaho State University, which employs just under 600 full-time faculty and posts jobs on its human resources site. As in other Idaho cities and towns, educators tend to report wages well below the state’s living wage for a family of four, making dual-income households the norm among most educators.

6Caldwell
  • 51,686
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $47,063
  • [TBA]

Caldwell’s major employers of educators include the Caldwell School District and College of Idaho. For available jobs with the Caldwell School District, applicants are encouraged to visit the district’s job site. The College of Idaho posts available faculty positions on their human resources page. While single-income educator families fall approximately $13,000 below the estimated living wage for a family of four in Caldwell, dual-income educator families can expect to cover all their basic expenses and have money to spare.

7Coeur d'Alene
  • 49,122
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $40,925
  • [TBA]

Public school teachers in Coeur d’Alene can look for work with the Coeur d’Alene School District. Jobs with the Coeur d’Alene School District are posted online on the district’s recruitment site.  Another local employer is North Idaho College, which also posts available jobs for faculty on its website. Across levels, educators in Coeur d’Alene tend to make less than one requires to support a family of four on a single income.

8Twin Falls
  • 47,468
  • 91.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $47,063
  • [TBA]

Twin Falls major employers of educators are the Twin Falls School District and College of Southern Idaho.  For teaching jobs at the elementary, middle and high school levels, visit the Twin Falls School District’s recruitment page. Available postsecondary positions in Twin Falls can be found on the human resources home for the College of Southern Idaho. With educators’ wages generally lagging behind living wage estimates, in Twin Falls, most educator families require two incomes to meet their basic needs and save for the future.

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