Top Areas for Hiring

Maine is home to several small cities, including Portland. These cities are where the majority of the region’s educators live and work.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Portland
  • 66,881
  • 114.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $56,060
  • [TBA]

Portland Public Schools is the public school district for the city of Portland and largest local employer of teachers. The district operates 18 primary and secondary schools and posts their current job openings on their recruitment page. The University of Southern Maine and University of New England are the primary facilitators of postsecondary learning in Portland. Both institutions post jobs on their recruitment sites. The Maine College of Art and Southern Maine Community College are best bets on the college side of hiring. The average educator salary in Portland does not meet the city’s living wage; however, dual-income educator families can reasonably expect to cover all their basic needs and to save for the future.

2Lewiston
  • 36,202
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $46,150
  • [TBA]

Lewiston Public Schools are the primary facilitator of primary and secondary education. Educators seeking career opportunities with the district can find employment listings on the district’s careers page. For postsecondary job opportunity, the University of Southern Maine has a campus located in the city where faculty can apply for academic teaching positions. The university post details of their current opportunities on their careers page. College teaching jobs in Lewiston can be found at Bates College and Central Maine Community College. The average teaching wage in Lewiston falls significantly short to the living wage based on living costs of a family of four.

3Bangor
  • 32,391
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $52,673
  • [TBA]

The main employer of educators in Bangor is Bangor Public Schools, which employs close to 300 full-time teachers. Details on hiring can be found on the district’s recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, the University of Maine, Husson University and Eastern Maine Community College are the largest local employers. While educator salaries fall below the estimated living wage for a family of four, in Bangor, the living wage to average pay gap is at least lower than it is statewide.

4South Portland
  • 25,556
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $56,060
  • [TBA]

South Portland Public School System is the primary employer of elementary to high school level teachers. Employment opportunities with the district are posted on the district’s recruitment web page. For jobs in higher learning, South Portland boasts three institutions. Kaplan University is the primary employer of faculty. Opportunities can be found by visiting the institute’s online careers page. In addition, postsecondary teachers can seek academic employment opportunities at New England Bible College and Southern Maine Community College. Typically, teaching salaries in South Portland are far below the regional living wage estimates for a family of four.

5Auburn
  • 22,871
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $46,150
  • [TBA]

For teachers seeking work in Auburn, the best bet is the Auburn School Department. Educators can find current employment opportunities on the department’s recruitment page.

Postsecondary academic educators can seek career opportunities with Central Maine Community Community College, a member of Maine Community College System. The University of Southern Maine is another large local employer of educators. Available jobs are posted on their recruitment site. Teaching salaries in Auburn fall significantly below the living wage for the region, which means educators with families typically require a dual-income household to survive and thrive.

6Biddeford
  • 21,282
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $51,383
  • [TBA]

Biddeford School Department is the primary facilitator of primary and secondary learning in the region. Visit the department’s recruitment page for openings. The University of New England, Biddeford is the primary employer of university professors in the city.  Prospective employees can view career opportunities for the campus on the institution’s online recruitment page. There are no colleges in the Biddeford city limits.  Generally, educator salaries in Biddeford do not meet the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

7Augusta
  • 18,471
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,383
  • [TBA]

Teachers seeking work opportunities in Augusta can look to Augusta School Department for openings. For details visit the department’s recruitment page. The University of Maine at Augusta is another large local employer of educators. For details, visit the university’s main recruitment page. The average teaching salary in a public school falls short of the city’s living cost for a family, but dual-income educator households are easily able to meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family.

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