Top Areas for Hiring

Statewide New Jersey offers outstanding opportunities for teachers to achieve a great standard of living. The following guide offers population, cost of living, living wage and salary data for just some of New Jersey’s top destinations for educators.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Newark
  • 281,944
  • 126.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $70,260
  • [TBA]

Newark is one of the state’s largest metropolitan areas and home to the state’s largest school system. Newark Public Schools lists career opportunities on the district’s recruitment page. The city is also home to many Catholic schools; for openings, check the local diocese website. On the postsecondary side of hiring, Berkeley College (see their recruitment site for details) and the New Jersey Institute of Technology (see their careers page for details) are the best bets. Newark is also home to campuses that are part of the Rutgers University network. While living wage estimates for Newark are above public school teachers average reported salaries, dual-income educator families and postsecondary educator families with full-time appointments generally make well above the living wage for the region.

2Jersey City
  • 264,290
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $79,423
  • [TBA]

In Jersey City, the best bet for work on the K-12 side of hiring is Jersey City Public Schools; for openings, check the district’s recruitment website. University educators can look for work at New Jersey City University and Saint Peter’s University.  On the college side of hiring, Hudson County Community College is the best bet. In Jersey City, teachers report salaries just above the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

3Paterson
  • 147,754
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $70,700
  • [TBA]

The best bet for educators in Paterson is the local public school board—Paterson Public Schools. For openings, one can visit the district’s website. On the college side of hiring, Passaic County Community College, which posts jobs on its career site, is the best bet. All and all, educators in Paterson enjoy a comfortable existence—they report annual salaries several thousands of dollars above the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

4Elizabeth
  • 129,007
  • 126.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $70,700
  • [TBA]

In Elizabeth, K-12 educators can find work with Elizabeth Public Schools, which posts jobs on its career site, or with the local Catholic diocese, which also operates several schools. On the postsecondary side of hiring, the major employer is nearby Princeton University located in Princeton. For those educators lucky enough to land a job at Princeton, compensation is typically steep and tops reported educator wages at most other U.S. colleges and universities. Check online for openings. On average, educators in Elizabeth make well above the living wage needs for a family of four.

5Toms River
  • 88,791
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $70,700
  • [TBA]

Toms River, New Jersey is another destination where educators’ salaries far exceed the local living wage requirements for a family of four, making it a recommended place for educators to live, work and raise a family. On the K-12 side of hiring, educators can look for work with Toms River Regional Schools, which posts openings on its website. On the postsecondary side, the best bet is Ocean County College.

6Trenton
  • 84,225
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $69,600
  • [TBA]

Trenton’s best bet for K-12 educators is Trenton Public Schools. Openings can be found on the district’s careers website. On the postsecondary side of the hiring spectrum, Thomas Edison State University, is the best bet; jobs are posted on their career site. Another local option for college-level educators is the College of New Jersey. Like most other New Jersey regions, in Camden, educators can reasonably expect to meet or exceed the region’s living wage for a family of four on a single income.

7Clifton
  • 86,334
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers
  • $70,700
  • [TBA]

In Clifton, on the K-12 side of hiring, Clifton Public Schools is the best option. Openings are posted on the district’s website. The local Catholic dioceses also operates a number of schools from K-12. There are no large colleges or universities located in Clifton. On average, educators’ salaries in the region exceed the region’s living wage estimates for a family.

8Camden
  • 76,119
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $68, 900
  • [TBA]

If you’re a K-12 educator, Camden City Public Schools is the best bet for local employment. Visit their career site for details on how to apply and current job openings. Rutgers University’s Camden campus is the best option for university educators—they post openings on their centralized career page. On the college side of hiring, Camden County College is the best option. Over all, educators across levels make above the region’s required living wage for a family, making Camden another recommended New Jersey destination for educators looking for a place to work, live and raise a family.

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