Top Areas for Hiring

Ohio is home to seven cities with a population of approximately 80,000 or higher. The following guide offers population, cost of living, living wage, salary, and hiring trend data for Ohio’s eight largest metropolitan areas.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Columbus
  • 850,106
  • 90.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $58,903
  • [TBA]

Columbus is Ohio’s largest city and home to the highest number of educators.  On the elementary, middle and high school side of the education employment spectrum, educators can find work with several local districts but namely with Columbus City Schools, which employs over 3,000 full-time teachers in 117 local schools. Jobs with Columbus City Schools can be found on the district’s recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, educators can look for work at Ohio State University and Columbus State Community College. Ohio State University posts jobs on its human resources site and Columbus State Community College hosts a recruitment site. Private colleges and universities, including the Columbus College of Art and Design and Franklin University, are among the many other options for postsecondary educators. Local public school educators meet the region’s living wage and postsecondary educators exceed the region’s living wage for a family of four, making Columbus a good place to work whether one is teaching at the elementary, middle or high school level or at a state or private college or university.

2Cleveland
  • 388,072
  • 101.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $59,063
  • [TBA]

Cleveland Metropolitan School District is Cleveland’s largest employer of public school teachers; jobs with the district can be found on their recruitment site. Teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels can also find work in the city’s many local private schools. On the postsecondary side, major employers include Case Western Reserve University, which posts jobs on its recruitment site, and Cleveland State University, which posts jobs via its human resources homepage, as well as Cuyahoga Community College, which also hosts a job search page. With living wages and public school teacher salaries on par and postsecondary educators exceeding the local living wage, educators at all levels can expect to have enough money to support a family of four on a single income and dual-income families can expect to have money left over to save for the future.

3Cincinnati
  • 298,550
  • 91.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,066
  • [TBA]

Educators in Cincinnati can find work with Cincinnati Public Schools, which posts jobs on its website. However, the district also has one of the highest private school attendance rates in the United States, making its private schools another major source of employment. Both secular and affiliated with Christian, Catholic and Jewish faiths, the area’s private schools cater to the needs of thousands of the city’s children and young adults.  To find jobs, visit the Ohio Association of Independent School’s job board. On the postsecondary side, educators can search for work at the University of Cincinnati, which posts jobs on their career site, and Xavier University, which also hosts a career site. Antonelli College and Chatfield College are among the local colleges. With local educator salaries meeting or exceeding the local living wage, Cincinnati is another recommended destination for educators.

4Toledo
  • 279,789
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $57,910
  • [TBA]

Toledo Public Schools and the Washington Local School District are the two major employers of public school teachers in Toledo. Jobs with Toledo Public Schools are posted on the district’s recruitment site. The Washington Local School District also hosts a recruitment site. On the postsecondary side, educators can find work at the University of Toledo, which posts available jobs on its human resources site. Davis College is another employer of local educators. In Toledo, educators can expect to meet or exceed the living wage, even if supporting a family of four on a single income.

5Akron
  • 197,542
  • 102.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $61,443
  • [TBA]

In Akron, major employers of educators include the Akron City School District and the University of Akron. Jobs with the Akron City School District can be found on the district’s career page. The University of Akron posts jobs via is human resources site. In Akron, public school teachers’ salaries currently outpace the city’s living wage estimates, which means that Akron is one of the few cities in the United States where teachers at all levels can reasonably expect to easily support a family of four on a single income and to have ample money to save if in a dual-income household.

6Dayton
  • 140,599
  • 93.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $60,910
  • [TBA]

Dayton is served by Dayton Public Schools, which operates 34 schools and serves more than 16,000 students. Jobs with Dayton Public Schools are posted on the district’s website. Dayton is also home to several Christian and Catholic schools and to over 30 charter schools. The University of Dayton, which posts jobs on its careers page, and Wright State University, which posts available jobs for faculty on its human resources site, are also located in Dayton. Sinclair Community College is another local employer of educators at the postsecondary level. With educator salaries generally exceeding the local living wage, Dayton is a recommended place to work and live for educators at all levels.

7Parma
  • 79,937
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $58,953
  • [TBA]

In Parma, educators can look for work with the Parma City School District, which posts jobs in its recruitment site, or with one of the area’s many private schools. On the postsecondary side, the largest employer is the local branch of Cuyahuga Community College. Cuyahuga Community College also hosts a recruitment site. With educator salaries meeting the region’s living wage, Parma has much to offer educators as a place to work, live and raise a family.

8Canton
  • 71,885
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $58,343
  • [TBA]

Canton’s primary employer of educators it the Stark County School Board. Available jobs with the board can be found on their recruitment page. There are no major postsecondary institutions in Canton. For public school teachers, Canton has much to offer with annual average salaries edging just over living wage estimates for the region. This puts Canton’s teachers supporting a family of four on a single income in a much better position that most educators nationwide and dual-income educator families in the position to save for the future.

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