Top Areas for Hiring
The St. Louis City and Springfield school districts are the state’s two largest employers of public school teacher. On the postsecondary side, the University of Missouri is the largest employer. However, from Kansas City to Independence, there is no shortage of job opportunities for teachers in Missouri.
In Kansas City, teachers generally make just under $50,000, but the required before tax income needed for a family with two adults (working) and two children is just under $60,000. The largest local employer of public school teachers is Kansas City Public Schools. Openings are posted on the district’s career site. On the postsecondary side of hiring, local educators can look for positions at University of Missouri-Kansas City. Openings for faculty are posted on the university’s career site. Other local college-level employers include the Kansas City Art Institute and several religious colleges.
In St. Louis the local living wage and average educator pay is almost on par, which means educators, even at the K-12 level can expect to meet or exceed the living wage for a family, especially as they advance in their career. One of the largest local employers is St. Louis City Public Schools, which employs over 2000 full-time teachers. For openings and application information, visit their human resources page. St. Louis University is among the largest local employers on the postsecondary side of hiring. At the college level, educators can look for work at Missouri College and at least a dozen other small local colleges.
In Springfield the living wage to average educator pay is less than $3000; this means that most educators can eventually meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four on a single income as the progress in their careers. The largest local employer is the Springfield Public School District; for openings, visit the district’s career site. On the postsecondary side, Missouri State University is the largest employer; visit the university’s career site for details. College professors can seek employment at Columbia College, Everest College and Cox College, as well as several local faith-based institutions.
Columbia’s largest employer of educators is the Columbia Public School District, which posts jobs online. There are also several local private high schools, which are mostly faith-based. On the postsecondary side, the University of Missouri, Stephens College, and Columbia College are best bets. For jobs at the University of Missouri, check the university’s career site. Stephens College posts jobs online here and Columbia College posts jobs online here. By and large, local educators can expect take home just under the required income, before taxes, for a family of four with two adults (working) and two children.
Despite its small size, Independence has much to offer educators. Four districts converge in the city and these include Independence, Blue Springs, Fort Osage and Raytown. By the far, the largest local employer, however, is Independence Public Schools, which employs over 870 teachers in 30 local schools. Job openings are posted on the district’s career site. On the postsecondary side, bets include Blue River Community College and Graceland University, which both have campuses in Independence. In Independence, educators lag somewhat under the required living wage for a family of four.
Lee’s Summit’s largest local employer of educators is Lee’s Summit School District; for openings, visit the district’s career site. On the college side of hiring, Longview Community College is the best bet. There are no local universities in Lee’s Summit but both the University of Central Missouri and Baker University have campuses in the city. Local educators generally make less than the required before tax income needed to support a family of four with two working adults.
St. Joseph School District is the largest employer of school teachers in St. Joseph and operates three public high schools, four public middle schools and sixteen public elementary schools. For job openings, visit their career site for information on current openings. There are also several private, primarily faith-based, local schools in St. Joseph. On the university side of hiring, Missouri Western State University is the best bet for work and on the college side of hiring; Vatterott College and the American College of Technology are among the largest local employers.