Top Areas for Hiring

From Billings to Boseman, Montana is a vast and beautiful state with many opportunities for educators looking to work, live and raise a family. Explore the state’s top destinations for educators in our city-by-city guide.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Billings
  • 110, 263
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $47,333
  • [TBA]

On the K-12 side of hiring, the best bet in Billings is Billings Public Schools, which posts jobs on its recruitment site. Nearby Elder Grove School District is another large local employer. Faith-based schools are operated by the local Catholic diocese. For openings, one can check the diocese website. On the postsecondary side, educators can look for openings at Montana State University Billings, Rocky Mountain College and at the local Baptist college—Yellowstone Baptist College. Consistent with statewide averages, in Billings, educators’ wages lag well behind the living wage requirements for a family of four.

2Missoula
  • 71,022
  • 100.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, University Professors
  • $52,606
  • [TBA]

In Missoula, educators’ wages are higher than they are in Billings and several other Montana cities but still lag well behind the region’s living wage requirements for a family. On the K-12 side of hiring, one can look for work at Missoula County Public School d (visit the district home page for recruitment details). On the postsecondary side, the best bet is the University of Montana, which has a large campus in Missoula.

3Great Falls
  • 59,638
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $46,830
  • [TBA]

Educators in Great Falls can look for work with Great Falls Public Schools.  For openings, check their online recruitment site. Great Falls College is an option on the postsecondary side of the hiring spectrum, and so is the University of Great Falls—a private Catholic institution.  For openings, check the university’s recruitment page. On average, educators in the region make more than $18,000 less than the region’s living wage requirements for a family, which means dual-income educator families are the norm.

4Bozeman
  • 43,405
  • 102.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $52,466
  • [TBA]

The best bet for educators in Bozeman is Butte Public Schools.  For openings, visit their career page. Montana State University, which posts jobs online, has a campus in Bozeman. On average, the region’s living wage estimates for a family top reported educator salaries.

5Butte-Silver Bow
  • 33,922
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $52,466
  • [TBA]

In Butte, the bet for educators is Butte Public Schools.  For openings, visit their career page. On the postsecondary side of hiring, Montana Tech is the best best; for openings visit the University of Montana recruitment site. On average, educator salaries in Butte-Silver Bow are well under estimated living wage requirements for a family of four.

6Helena
  • 30,581
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $52,466
  • [TBA]

In Helena, Montana, K-12 educators can look for openings with the local school board known as Helena Public Schools. For openings, check their career page. On the college and university side of hiring, Carroll College, which posts jobs online, and Helena College, which is part of the University of Montana system and also posts job openings online, are the best bets. On average, Helena’s educators’ salaries lag behind the region’s living wage requirements for a family, but the gap in Helena is not quite as large as it is in many other cities across the state.

7Kalispell
  • 22,052
  • 95.8%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $52,466
  • [TBA]

The best bet for educators in Kalispell is Kalispell Public Schools. Openings are posted on the district’s recruitment site. Nearby Flathead Valley Community College is the best option on the postsecondary side of the hiring spectrum. On average, local educators make well under the region’s estimated living wage requirements for a family of four.

8Havre
  • 9,834
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $52,466
  • [TBA]

The city of Havre is served by Havre Public Schools, which posts available openings on its website. University educators can look for work at Montana State University-Northern campus. Jobs appear on the university’s centralized site. The living wage to average pay gap in Havre is over $12,000, which mean dual-income educator families are the norm.

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