Top Areas for Hiring

Most educators in Mississippi live and work in Jackson and Gulfport, but many educators also find work in small cities and towns statewide.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Jackson
  • 170,674
  • 84.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $41,360
  • [TBA]

Jackson Public School District is the main employer of K-12 educators in Jackson. For jobs, check the district’s career site.  Jackson is also home to Jackson State University and Belhaven University. For jobs, one can visit JSU’s career site or Belhaven’s employment page. College educators can find work at Antonelli College, Hinds Community College’s campus in Jackson, Millsaps College and Mississippi College among others. The living wage to average salary gap for educators in Jackson is more than $10,000.

2Gulfport
  • 71,856
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $44,796
  • [TBA]

The primary employer is Gulfport is Gulfport School District and the Harrison County School District. For jobs with Gulfport School District, check their recruitment site. Also see Harrison County School District’s applicant page. Best bets on the postsecondary side of hiring, include the University of Southern Mississippi campus located just south of the city, and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. The living wage to average pay gap for educators in Gulfport is approximately $10,000.

3Southaven
  • 52,589
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $42,043
  • [TBA]

The largest local employer of teachers is the the DeSoto County School District. For jobs, visit the district’s recruitment site. Local Christian schools are another option for teachers on the K-12 job market. College educators can look for work at Northwest Mississippi Community College (see their career site for details) and universities educators can look for work at the Desoto campus of the University of Mississippi (for job openings, visit their employment site). Like other regions of the state, on average, teachers make less than the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four.

4Hattiesburg
  • 46,805
  • 84.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $41,900
  • [TBA]

The largest employer on the K-12 side is the Hattiesburg Municipal Separate School District. For openings, one can visit their website. College educators can look for work at the Pearl River Community College or local campus of Antonelli College. On the university side of hiring, the best bets are the University of Southern Mississippi, which posts jobs on its centralized recruitment site, or local campus of William Carey University, which posts jobs online. On average, there is a $11,000 gap between educators’ salaries and the required living wage for a family of four in Hattiesburg.

5Biloxi
  • 45,637
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $44,796
  • [TBA]

Biloxi’s public school teachers primarily work for the Biloxi Public School District or nearby Harrison County School District. Jobs with the Biloxi Public School District on their recruitment site. Harrison County School District also hosts a recruitment site. While several universities have satellite campuses in or near Biloxi, the city is not home to any large universities.  College educators can look for work at Virginia College, however, which has a campus that serves Biloxi—jobs are posted on the college’s centralized recruitment site. Like other areas of Mississippi, educators’ wages lag behind the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

6Meridian
  • 39,661
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $42,043
  • [TBA]

The best bet on the K-12 side of hiring is the Meridian Public School District. For openings, visit the district’s recruitment page. Postsecondary educators can find work at Mississippi State University, which posts jobs online, and at Meridian Community College, which also posts jobs on its recruitment site. Unfortunately, most educators in Meridian struggle, since living wage estimates for a family are well above average reported educator salaries.

7Tupelo
  • 35,680
  • 85.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $42,043
  • [TBA]

The top employer of teachers in Tupelo is the Tupelo Public School District, which posts jobs online.  On the postsecondary side, educators can look for work at the satellite campuses of the University of Mississippi and the Mississippi University for Women, and at nearby Itawamba Community College. On average, educators’ wages fail to meet the city’s living wage requirements for a family.

8Greenville
  • 32,156
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $42,043
  • [TBA]

Educators looking for work in Greenville should start their search with the Greenville Public School District, which posts jobs online. Local private schools (many faith-based) are another option. University professors can look for work at Delta State University or Mississippi Valley State University. On the college side of hiring, Mississippi Delta Community College is the best bet (jobs are posted on the college’s website). On average, the living wage to average pay gap in Greenville is over $10,000.

9Olive Branch
  • 36,010
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $42,043
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of educators in Olive Branch is the DeSoto County School District. For openings visit their website. On average, local teachers make well below the city’s estimated living wage for a family, which means dual-income educator families are a necessity in Olive Branch.

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