Top Areas for Hiring
Top destinations for educators in Michigan include Detroit, Grand Rapids and Warren. The following guide offers cost of living, living wage and salary data for all these top destinations.
With a competitive salary to living wage spread, lower than average cost of living and many local schools, colleges and universities, Detroit is a recommended place for educators to live and work. Detroit Public Schools, the state’s largest school district, is the primary employer on the K-12 side of hiring. For openings, one can visit the district’s recruitment site. Private schools, both secular and faith-based, are also common in Detroit where even many middle class families opt out of the public system. For jobs with the local Catholic board, visit the job site for the local diocese. On the college and university side of hiring, Detroit is home to Wayne State University, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. Other options for employment include University of Detroit Mercy, Wayne County Community College, and the College for Creative Studies.
Grand Rapids Public Schools is Grand Rapids largest employer on the K-12 side of the hiring spectrum. For openings, one can visit their job site. Cornerstone University, which hosts a career site, and Northwood University, which posts jobs online, are the best bets for local university professors. Western Michigan University also has a campus in Grand Rapids. On the college side of hiring, one can seek work at several faith-based colleges, including Aquinas College, Calvin College or Kuyper College. Average salaries exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family of four, making Grand Rapids another top destination for educators at all levels.
In Warren, the average annual salary of an educator is well above the city’s estimated living wage for a family, making Warren a great place for teachers and professors to work, live and raise a family. Warren is actually served by several local school boards, including Center Line Public Schools and Fitzgerald Public Schools. For jobs with Center Line, visit the district’s human resources site. Fitzgerald Public Schools also posts jobs online. On the postsecondary side, Warren is home to campuses of Central Michigan University and Wayne State University. The local community college is Macomb Community College; for openings check their recruitment site.
The primary employer of educators in Sterling Heights is Utica Community Schools. For openings, visit their job board. While there are many colleges and universities near Sterling Heights, there are none in the city limits. On average, local public school teachers make over $2000 above the region’s estimated living wage for a family.
In Lancing, K-12 educators just meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family and postsecondary educators far exceed it. K-12 educators can find work with the Lansing School District, which posts jobs online. Lansing is also home to Michigan State University, which is one of the so-called “Big 10” universities (these are top-ranked public research universities). For openings, visit the university’s recruitment site. Western Michigan University also has a branch in Lansing. On the college side of hiring, one can look for work at Lansing Community College.
On the K-12 side of hiring, the best bet is Ann Arbor Public Schools, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. The University of Michigan is the major postsecondary employer in Ann Arbor; for openings visit the universities recruitment site. Faith-based Concordia University also has an Ann Arbor campus. Washtenaw Community College is another local option. In Ann Arbor, public school teachers, on average, make enough to meet a family of four’s basic needs. University professors with full-time appointments generally report wages that far exceed the living wage for the city.
In Flint, public school teachers generally exceed the region’s living wage estimates for a family and can find work with Flint Community Schools, which posts jobs online, or the local Catholic diocese, which also operates several K-12 schools. University professors make well above the region’s living wage and primary work for the University of Michigan-Flint (jobs are posted on their recruitment site) or Kettering University (jobs are posted on their human resources site). On the college side, one can also expect to exceed the region’s living wage—that is, if they have a full-time appointment. Best bets for work are Flint’s Baker College.