Top Areas for Hiring

Kentucky’s largest metropolitan areas and major destinations for educators include Louisville and Lexington-Fayette.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Louisville
  • 615,366
  • 92.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $57,490
  • [TBA]

Public School teachers can find work in Louisville with Jefferson County Public Schools, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. Another source of employment for teachers is the local Catholic diocese, which operates over 25 local area schools. On the postsecondary side, major employers include the University of Louisville, Bellarmine University, Spalding University and Sullivan University. Potential faculty can also look for work at Simmons College of Kentucky and Jefferson Community and Technical College.  In general, public school teachers’ salaries in Louisville lag just under living wage estimates for a family of four; educators with seniority generally meet or exceed living wage estimates.

2Lexington-Fayette
  • 314,488
  • 90.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $55,666
  • [TBA]

The bet for elementary, middle and high school educators in Lexington-Fayette is to look for openings with Fayette County Public Schools, which posts jobs on its careers site. At the postsecondary side, the University of Kentucky is the major employer and jobs can be found on its human resources page. Bluegrass Community and Technical College is another local employer. While educator families lag behind the city’s living wage estimates for a family, educators with seniority and those with full-time jobs at the postsecondary level generally far exceed the region’s living wage for a family.

3Bowling Green
  • 63,616
  • 90.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $49,170
  • [TBA]

Public school teachers in Bowling Green can find work with Warren County Public Schools. For openings and applicant information, visit their recruitment site. The area is also home to several religiously affiliated private schools. On the college and university side of hiring, best bets are Western Kentucky University, which posts jobs on its career site, and Daymar College, which also hosts an online recruitment page. While wages for public school teachers do not quite meet the city’s living wage for a family of four, dual-income educator families and educators with many years of experience are able to meet their basic needs and save for the future.

4Owensboro
  • 59,042
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $52,836
  • [TBA]

In Owensboro, the largest employers of teachers include Owensboro Public Schools, which posts jobs on its recruitment site, and Daviess County Public Schools, which posts jobs on its website. On the postsecondary side, faculty can search for jobs at Brescia University, Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Owensboro Community and Technical College. While the average take home pay of a public School teachers in Owensboro is somewhat below the estimated living wage for a family of four, school teachers with many years of seniority and postsecondary faculty generally meet or exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

5Covington
  • 40,997
  • 87.8%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $52,630
  • [TBA]

In Covington, the major employer on the elementary to secondary side of hiring is Covington Independent Public Schools. Employment opportunities are posted on the district’s website. There are no large college or university employers in Covington. In general, educators in the city make just under the estimated living wage for a family of four.

6Richmond
  • 33,533
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $52,630
  • [TBA]

In Richmond, Kentucky, educators work for one of two major employers. On the elementary, middle school and high school side of hiring, the main employer is the Madison County Public School System, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. University educators can look for work at Eastern Kentucky University, which posts jobs on its human resources site.  Like most regions state wide, local public school teachers in Richmond make under the estimated living wage for a family of four but educators with many years of seniority and those working at the postsecondary level typically meet or exceed the region’s living wage for a family.

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