Top Areas for Hiring

Iowa is home to six cities with populations over 65,000, and most educators live in these larger urban areas. Iowa’s three largest school districts are the Des Moines Independent Community School District, Cedar Davenport Community School District and Davenport Community School District. On the postsecondary side, Ashford University and Iowa State University are among the largest employers.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Des Moines
  • 210,330
  • 90.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $57,256

Most educators in Des Moines are employed by the Des Moines Independent Community School District. Other large local employers include Drake University, Grand View University and Des Moines Area Community College. Openings with the Des Moines Independent Community School District are posted on the district’s recruitment site. College and university faculty can look for available openings on the Drake University recruitment site, Grandview University recruitment site and Des Moines Area Community College recruitment site. With educators in the city making on average just under the estimated living wage for a family of four and educators with seniority and postsecondary educators making much higher, by and large, Des Moines is a recommended destination for educators.

2Cedar Rapids
  • 130,405
  • 99.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $54,736

Cedar Rapids Community School District is one of the state’s largest employers of public school teachers and Cedar Rapids largest employer of educators. For available openings, one can search their recruitment website. The local Catholic Diocese also operates several schools and posts jobs on its recruitment portal. Mount Mercy University, which posts jobs on its human resources page, and Coe College, which hosts a career site, are other large employers of educators in Cedar Rapids. While wages for educators, at least at the elementary to secondary levels, lag behind living wage estimates for a family, dual-income educator families and postsecondary educators with full-time appointments are generally able to cover their family’s basic needs and save for the future.

3Davenport
  • 102,582
  • 99.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $58,910

Educators looking for work in Davenport, Iowa have several options. The largest employer is the Davenport Community School District, which posts jobs on its website. Other local employers include Saint Ambrose University, Kaplan University and Hamilton Technical College, which all posts jobs on their human resources pages. On average, educators in the city nearly meet or exceed living wage estimates for a family of four, making Davenport a recommended destination for educators at all levels.

4Sioux City
  • 82,821
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $50,053

Public school teachers in Sioux can seek employment with the Sioux City Community School District, which posts jobs on its recruitment portal, or with a number of local private schools, including those in the Bishop Heelan Catholic Schools system. At the postsecondary level, Briar Cliff University, which posts jobs on its human resources site, and Bellevue University, which posts jobs on its career page, are key employers. Other postsecondary teaching jobs can be found at Western Iowa Tech Community College and Morningside College. On average, educators’ salaries lag below the living wage in Sioux City but educators in dual-income households can expect to cover all their basic needs and have money to spare.

5Iowa City
  • 74,220
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $52,966

Iowa City Community School District employs over 850 full-time classroom teachers, making it the region’s largest employer of educators at the elementary to secondary level. For available jobs and applicant information, one can search their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, the largest employer is the University of Iowa, which employs over 1400 full-time faculty; jobs at the University of Iowa are posted on the university’s job page. While public school teachers fall under the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four, public school teachers with many years of seniority and postsecondary educators with full-time positions generally meet or far exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

6Waterloo
  • 68,460
  • 92.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $57,410

Waterloo Community School District employs approximately 800 full-time instructional staff and represents the area’s largest employer of teachers of the elementary to secondary levels. Available jobs and applicant information can be found on the district’s careers page. Other local employers of educators include Hawkeye Community College. With a lower than average cost of living index and average educator salaries nearly meeting the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four, Waterloo is generally a recommended destination for educators looking for a city in which to work, live and raise a family.

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