Top Areas for Hiring

North Dakota is a vast and mostly rural state where teachers can expect to find work opportunities primarily in small cities and towns or isolated communities. Six of the state’s top destinations are explored here.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Fargo
  • 118,523
  • 98.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $50,283
  • [TBA]

Fargo School District is the main employer of classroom teachers in the City of Fargo and employs 825 full-time educators across 22 public schools. Educators seeking employment will find employment opportunities on the district’s recruitment site. At the postsecondary level, educators can find available teaching openings at North Dakota State University; full-time positions can be found on the university’s career site. Rasmussen College is another option for postsecondary educators. Average teaching salaries in Fargo for single income educator families generally do not meet the region’s living wage estimates.

2Bismarck
  • 71,167
  • 101.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $51,583
  • [TBA]

The primary governing body of public schooling in the region is Bismarck Public Schools, which operates a total of 26 schools in the region and employs 780 teachers. Jobs are posted on the district’s recruitment page. For teaching opportunities at the postsecondary level, University of Mary is the best bet. On the college side of hiring, Bismarck State College is the best bet. Public School teachers working in Bismarck generally do not meet the threshold of the regional living wage based on the needs of a family of four.

3Grand Forks
  • 70,916
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $49,086
  • [TBA]

Grand Forks Public Schools is the main employer of educators at the K-12 level. Current vacancies are posted on the district’s recruitment page. The University of North Dakota is the region’s largest public university and employs 753 full-time tutors; opportunities are posted on their careers page. Northland Community and Technical College is another option for college-level educators. Salaries for public school teachers generally fall substantially below living wage estimates for a family of four in Grand Forks; dual-income families are better off in the region and typically meet or exceed the living wage.

4Minot
  • 49,450
  • 103.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $49,480
  • [TBA]

Minot School District is the main employer of teachers in Minot and employs 542 classroom teachers in its 19 schools; opportunities for educators can be found on the school district’s employment page. For postsecondary teaching, Minot State University is the primary employer. Job opportunities are posted on the institute’s careers site. Based on regional and state-wide data, average salaries for public school teachers in Minot typically fall below the regional cost of living for a family of four.

5West Fargo
  • 33,597
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $49,480
  • [TBA]

West Fargo School District is the primary employer of educators in the region with. Job opportunities with the district can be found on the district’s recruitment page. Teachers at the postsecondary level can look for work at the University of Jamestown. Single income educator families make below living wage estimates for the region but dual-income educator families generally meet the regional living wage for a family of four.

6Williston
  • 26,977
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $49,480
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of educators in Williston is the Williston Public School District. Educators seeking employment can find jobs posted on the school district’s recruitment page. For postsecondary positions, Williston State College located in the city limits is the best bet. Educators seeking employment can find job opportunities at the college’s central recruitment page. Single income educator families in Williston make below the living wage estimates for the region but dual-income educator families tend to meet or exceed the region’s living wage estimates.

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