Top Areas for Hiring

Omaha and Lincoln are Nebraska’s two largest metropolitan areas and where most of the state’s educators live and work.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Omaha
  • 443,885
  • 91.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $49,270
  • [TBA]

The Omaha Public Schools is the largest public school district in Nebraska; for openings, check their career site. The local Catholic archdiocese is another large employer of school teachers and posts jobs on its career site. On the postsecondary side, there are eleven colleges and universities, including the University of Nebraska Omaha, which hosts a employment site, and Creighton University, which posts jobs on its human resources site. Local colleges include Clarkson College and Doane College, which also posts jobs on their respective human resources’ sites.  Educators, on average, make well below the required living wage for a family of four.

2Lincoln
  • 277,348
  • 91.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $54,320
  • [TBA]

Lincoln Public Schools is the main employer of local school teachers at the K-12 level. Jobs are posted on the district’s career site. There are also many local colleges and universities. The University of Nebraska–Lincoln is the largest employer; jobs are posted on its career site. Another best bet for university faculty is Nebraska Wesleyan University. At the college level, Southeast Community College is the best local option. Educators in Lincoln generally make just under the required living wage.

3Bellevue
  • 55,510
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $51,280
  • [TBA]

The largest local employer of educators is Bellevue Public Schools, which operates fourteen local schools and employs over 500 teachers. Jobs are posted on the district’s career site. On the postsecondary side, best bets include Bellevue University, which posts jobs on its website.  On average, educators’ wages lag well behind the local living wage for a family of four.

4Grand Island
  • 51,440
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $53,733
  • [TBA]

There are two large local employers of educators in Grand Island: the Grand Island Public Schools and the Grand Island Northwest Public Schools. For jobs with Grand Island, visit their career site. For jobs with Grand Island Northwest, visit their website’s career link. While there are no large local universities, both Central Community College (Nebraska) and Doane College employ educators at the postsecondary level. On average, educators’ wages in Grand Island lag behind the required living wage for a family of four.

5Kearney
  • 33,021
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,280
  • [TBA]

In Kearney, the best bet for educators is Kearney Public Schools, which operates over fifteen local schools; for openings, visit their career site. On the postsecondary side of hiring, the University of Nebraska at Kearney is the best bet. Jobs are posted on their university’s career site. On the college side of hiring, Central Community College-Kearney is the major local employer. On average, educators in Kearney do not meet the living wage for a family of four but dual-income households are able to survive and thrive.

6Fremont
  • 26,474
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,280
  • [TBA]

The largest local employer on the K-12 side of hiring is Fremont Public Schools, which employs over 300 schools. For openings, visit the district’s career site. In Fremont, Midland University is the best bet for university educators; for openings, visit their human resources site. The Metropolitan Community College also has a campus in Fremont. On average, educator wages do not meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

7Hastings
  • 24,924
  • 95.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $51,280
  • [TBA]

The best bet for local K-12 educators is Hastings Public Schools. For openings, visit their career page. On the postsecondary side, Hastings College, a private liberal arts college, is the best bet. Central Community College, a 2-year technical college, is another local employer of educators. On average, local educator wages lag behind the required living wage for a family of four with two working adults.

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