Top Areas for Hiring

New Orleans and Baton Rouge are the top hiring areas in Louisiana followed by Lafayette, Shrevport, Metairie, Lake Charles and Kenner.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1New Orleans
  • 389,617
  • 95.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $49,333
  • [TBA]

While perhaps best known for its tourism industry, New Orleans is also home to many schools, colleges and universities. Public school teachers primarily work for New Orleans Public Schools, which offers instruction to over 15,000 local students. For openings, one can visit their recruitment site.  On the postsecondary side, Tulane University, which posts jobs online, Loyola University New Orleans, which hosts a recruitment site, Xavier University of Louisiana, which posts jobs on its human resources site, and Dillard University, which supports an online careers page, are best bets. College educators can look for openings at Delgado Community College. On average, public school teachers’ salaries fall under the city’s estimated living wage. Postsecondary educators with full-time appointments generally make well above the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

2Baton Rouge
  • 228,590
  • 92.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $50,580
  • [TBA]

In Baton Rouge, public school teachers can seek work with the Lafayette Parish School System; for openings, visit their recruitment site. Baton Rouge is also home to Louisiana State University, which employs over 1,300 full-time faculty members. For available positions, one can visit their career page. Other options for postsecondary faculty include Southern University & A&M College and Virginia College. While public school teachers make just under the city’s living wage for a family, college and university professors in Baton Rouge are well positioned to live well and save for the future.

3Shrevport
  • 197,204
  • 89.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $50,076
  • [TBA]

In Shrevport, public school teachers can look for work with Caddo Public Schools. For openings, one can visit their recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, Northwestern State University, which posts jobs on its career page, and Louisiana Tech University, which also posts jobs online, are best bets.  Local colleges include Centenary College and Virginia College. On average, educators’ wages fall just under the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

4Metairie
  • 138,481
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $49,333
  • [TBA]

In Metairie, Jefferson Parish Public School System is the largest employer. For available jobs, one can visit the district’s website. On the postsecondary side, the best bet is Blue Cliff College—a local technical college. Available jobs can be found on their human resources site. On average, educators’ salaries lag well under the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

5Lake Charles
  • 70,070
  • 95.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $42,960
  • [TBA]

Lake Charles schools are operated by the Calcasieu Parish Public School System, which posts jobs online. The city is also home to several local charter and private schools. On the postsecondary side of hiring, McNeese State University, and the local campus of the University of Louisiana are the major employers. Sowela Technical Community College, which posts available openings on its career site, is another option. While public school teacher salaries generally fall well under the region’s estimated living wage for a family of four, college and university faculty with full-time appointments generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

6Kenner
  • 67,091
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $48,586
  • [TBA]

Jefferson Parish Public School System is Kenner’s primary employer of educators. For available jobs, applicants should visit the district’s recruitment site. Kenner is also home to several religiously-affiliated schools. There are no large colleges or universities in the Kenner city limits. On average, educator salaries are under the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

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