Top Areas for Hiring
Top destinations for educators in Kansas include Wichita, Overland Park, Kansas City, Topeka, Olathe, Lawrence and Shawnee. The following guide offers cost of living, living wage and salary data for these top destinations.
With over 90 schools, the largest employer of educators in Wichita is the Wichita Public Schools. For available jobs, check the Wichita Public Schools recruitment site. Private schools operated by the local Catholic diocese and other religious groups are another option for educators at the elementary to secondary levels. On the postsecondary side, Baker University and Webster University and Southwestern College, Vatterott College and Heritage College are best bets. Among elementary to high school level educators, local wages lag far behind the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four, which means dual-income educator families are the norm.
Overland Park is served by several local school districts, including Shawnee Mission School District, Blue Valley School District, Olathe Public Schools and the Spring Hill School District. All four district have links to job openings on the websites. On the college and university side of hiring, one can look for work at the Edwards Campus of the University of Kansas (job openings are posted on the university’s centralized recruitment site). Overland Park is also home to satellite campuses for Baker University and Emporia State University. Several local colleges, including Johnson County Community College and Kansas Christian College, are also among the region’s local employers of educators. Like most areas of the state, educator wages are generally low and lower than the estimated living wage for a family of four.
On the elementary to secondary side, Kansas City Kansas Public School is the largest local employer; for available openings, prospective applicants should visit the school district’s recruitment page. On the postsecondary side of hiring, the best bets are Donnelly College, which posts jobs on its career site, and Kansas City Kansas Community College, which posts jobs on its recruitment page. Local teacher wages lag about $7,000 below the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four, making dual-income educator families a necessity in most cases.
In Topeka, public school educators can look for work with several local school districts including Seaman Unified School District, Auburn-Washburn Unified School District, Shawnee Heights Unified School District and Topeka Public Schools. Links to job and applicant information can be found on all four district websites. On the postsecondary side, Washburn University, which posts jobs on its website, Friends University, which hosts a recruitment page, and Baker University, which has a recruitment site for faculty, are the top local employers. Local educators’ wages are well under the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four but dual-educator families are generally able to meet all their basic needs and save for the future.
De Soto School District, which posts jobs online, and Olathe School District, which also posts applicant information on its website, are the two largest local employers of educators in Olathe. Special educators may also find work at the Kansas State School for the Deaf. At the postsecondary level, MidAmerica Nazarene University is another potential employer; jobs are posted on its recruitment site. While educator wages generally lag behind the region’s estimated living wage for a family of four, in Olathe, dual-income educator families are generally able to survive and thrive.
The largest employer of educators in Lawrence, Kansas is Lawrence Public Schools. For available jobs, visit their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, the University of Kansas is the largest local employer, employing over 1,300 full-time faculty members. For available openings, visit their employment site. While public school teachers in Lawrence generally make less than the living wage, local postsecondary educators generally meet or exceed the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four.
Best bets for educators in Shawnee include the Shawnee Mission School District, which posts jobs on its career site, and De Soto School District, which also supports a recruitment page. Elementary, middle and high school educators can also look for with the nearby Kansas City Kansas Archdiocese Catholic Schools. By and large, educator salaries do not meet the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four by dual-income educator families are generally able to meet all their basic needs and have money to spare.