Top Areas for Hiring

Most educators in Indiana live and work in one of the following areas: Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Evansville, South Bend, Carmel, Bloomington, Hammond or Gary.  The following guide offers city-specific data on each of these popular destinations for educators.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Indianapolis
  • 853,173
  • 91.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $52,003
  • [TBA]

Indianapolis is served by nine public school districts but the largest is Indianapolis Public Schools, which employs nearly 2,500 full-time teachers in 68 local schools. For available openings, visit their recruitment site. Another major local employer of educators is Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, which posts jobs on its website. The University of Indianapolis, which hosts at recruitment site, is another large local employer of postsecondary educators. College educators can search for work at Ivy Tech. Although local educator wages lag behind the living wage for a family of four, postsecondary educators and public school teachers with many years of seniority generally meet or exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

2Fort Wayne
  • 260,326
  • 87.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $50,213
  • [TBA]

In Fort Wayne, public school teachers can look for jobs with Fort Wayne Community Schools. The district posts jobs on its website. Lutheran Schools of Indiana and The Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend are other potential employers. University faculty are most likely to find work at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne or the University of Saint Francis. Local colleges include Brown Mackie College, Ivy Tech Community College and Harrison College, which all posts available jobs on their websites. Although educators, on average, make below the estimated living wage for a family of four, educators with more years of experience and educators at the postsecondary level generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

3Evansville
  • 119,193
  • 92.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,830
  • [TBA]

In Evansville, public school teachers primarily work for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Cooperation. Jobs with the local district can be found on their recruitment site. The local Catholic diocese also runs several schools and posts jobs for teachers on its website. On the postsecondary side, best bets for educators include the University of Evansville, which posts positions on its talent recruitment site, and the University of Southern Indiana, which also hosts an online recruitment site. By and large, Evansville educators’ salaries lag behind the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four but public school educators with seniority and postsecondary educators generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage for a family.

4South Bend
  • 101,516
  • 89.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $47,753
  • [TBA]

Major employers of educators in South Bend, Indiana include the South Bend Community Schools Cooperation, which posts jobs on its recruitment site, and several postsecondary institutions, including the University of Notre Dame, Indiana University South Bend, Saint Mary’s College and Holy Cross College. For jobs at Notre Dame, one can check the university’s online recruitment site. Indiana University South Bend posts jobs on the university’s centralized recruitment site. Saint Mary’s College posts jobs on its website and Holy Cross College also supports a career page. In South Bend, public school teachers’ salaries fall approximately $10,000 below the city’s living wage estimate for a family of four but postsecondary educators with full-time appointments generally exceed the region’s living wage estimates for a family.

5Bloomington
  • 84,067
  • 87.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $48,906
  • [TBA]

Teachers in Bloomington primarily work for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. For jobs with the Monroe County Community School Corporation, search their recruitment site.  At the postsecondary level, major employers include Indiana University, which posts jobs on its career site, and Ivy Tech Community College, which posts jobs on its human resources home. Like many regions of the state, public school educators’ salaries lag behind the region’s living wage estimates for a family, which means dual-income families are a necessity.

6Hammond
  • 77,614
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $50,693
  • [TBA]

Hammond’s local public school district is known as the School City of Hammond; the district operates under Indiana state law but independent of the local city government. For jobs and applicant information with School City of Hammond, check the district’s website. On the postsecondary side, educators can look for work at Purdue University Northwest and Calumet College of St. Joseph. While there is a gap between public school educators’ salaries the local living wage for a family, educators with seniority and postsecondary educators with full-time positions generally meet or exceed the living wage for a family of four.

7Gary
  • 77,156
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $49,963
  • [TBA]

In Gary, Indiana best bets for educators include the Gary Community School Corporation, which posts jobs online, and Lake Ridge Schools Corporation, which also hosts an online recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, bets bets for educators include Indiana University Northwest and Ivy Tech Community College Northwest. In Gary, public school teachers, on average, take home $7,000 less than the estimated living wage for family of four. Dual-income educator families and full-time postsecondary educators, however, are generally able to meet all their family’s basic needs and save for the future.

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