Top Areas for Hiring

Minneapolis and Saint Paul are the two largest cities in Minnesota and where most educators live and work. Other larger cities in Rochester, Duluth and Bloomington.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Minneapolis
  • 382,578
  • 108.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $65,110
  • [TBA]

Minneapolis Public School District is one the state’s largest employers of educators; for openings one can visit their recruitment site. The University of Minnesota is another large local employer of educators. Openings are posted on the university’s human resources page. Minnesota is also home to many colleges, including the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and Augsburg College.  Other college teaching opportunities can be found at Minneapolis Community and Technical College. On average, educators make just under the estimated living wage for a family of four, which means educators with seniority, postsecondary educators and those in dual-income households can reasonable expect to thrive in the city and surrounding region.

2Saint Paul
  • 300,851
  • 107.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $65,110
  • [TBA]

In Saint Paul, educators have many opportunities. The Saint Paul School District is one of the state’s largest employers of public school teachers. For openings, visit their career site. College and university professors can look for work at Saint Catherine University, Concordia University and Hamline University, as well as Macalester College and Saint Paul College. On average, educators report wages just under the region’s living wage estimates for a family, which means that most educators with seniority and those in dual-income households are able to meet all their basic needs and even save for the future.

3Rochester
  • 107,769
  • 101.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $52,746
  • [TBA]

Rochester Public Schools are the major employer of public school teachers in Rochester; the district posts jobs online. The city is also home to a number of faith-based private schools. On the postsecondary side, Winona State University (which has a campus in Rochester at Rochester Community and Technical College) and Rochester Community and Technical College are the best bets. In comparison to other areas of the state, in Rochester, educator salaries tend to lag behind the living wage requirements for a family of four.

4Duluth
  • 86,110
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $55,826
  • [TBA]

On the K-12 side of hiring, Duluth Public Schools is the best bet. Available openings are posted on the district’s recruitment site. On the postsecondary side of hiring, educators can look for work at the University of Minnesota Duluth and several local colleges, including the Lake Superior College. With a living wage to average pay gap of more than $7,000, educators in Duluth generally require a dual-income household to survive and thrive.

5Bloomington
  • 86,435
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $65,110
  • [TBA]

In Bloomington, on the K-12 side of hiring, the Bloomington Public School District is the largest employer. Available openings are posted on the district’s recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, Northwestern Heath Sciences University, which posts jobs online, and Bethany Global University, which posts jobs on its recruitment site, are best bets. Another local option is Normandale Community College. On average, local educators make just under the region’s living wage for a family, which means educators with seniority typically meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

6Brooklyn Park City
  • 79,149
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $61,586
  • [TBA]

Brooklyn Park educators can look for work in several local school boards, including Osseo Area School District 279, Anaka-Hennepin School District 11, and Robbinsdale School District 281.  For jobs with Osseo Area School District 279, one can visit the district’s recruitment site. Anaka-Hennepin School District 11 posts jobs on its career site. Robbinsdale School District 281 also runs a recruitment site. Local colleges include North Hennepin Community College and Hennepin Technical College. On average, local educators report wages just under the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

7Plymouth
  • 75,907
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $61,586
  • [TBA]

In Plymouth, local teachers work for several local public school districts, including Wayzata Public Schools, Robbinsdale Area Schools, and Osseo School District. For openings, visit the districts’ respective recruitment sites. On the postsecondary side of hiring, the best bet is Globe University & Minnesota School of Business. On average, educators’ wages lag somewhat behind the city’s living wage for a family of four.

8Saint Cloud
  • 67,109
  • 96.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $56,146
  • [TBA]

In Saint Cloud, K-12 educators can seek work with the St. Cloud Area School District. For applicant information, visit the district’s website. The largest local university is St. Cloud State University, which posts jobs on its careers page.   On the college side of hiring, the best is St. Cloud Technical & Community College. While public school teachers’ wages in Saint Cloud lag behind the city’s living wage for a family of four, most local college and university educators with full-time positions meet or exceed the city’s living wage for a family.

9Eagan
  • 66,286
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $61,586
  • [TBA]

In Eagan, Independent School District 191 and Independent School District 196 are the largest local employers on the K-12 side of hiring. For jobs in District 191, visit the district’s recruitment site. District 196 positions can also be found online. Local colleges and universities include Argosy University and Rasmussen College’s Eagan campus. For jobs at Argosy, visit the university centralized human resources home. Rasmussen College openings are also posted on the college’s centralized recruitment site. While educator wages run, on average, about $4,000 under the city’s living wage estimates for a family, educators with seniority and those with full-time postsecondary teaching jobs tend to meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

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