Top Areas for Hiring

From the alternative city of Portland to the state’s many stunning oceanfront towns, Oregon has much to offer progressive educators and nature lovers alike.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Portland
  • 632,309
  • 128.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $62,360
  • [TBA]

Portland School District is the primary employer of educators in Portland with 86 schools and over 2,000 teachers working full time. Available teaching positions can be found on the district’s recruitment site. For postsecondary academic educators, the University of Portland is the main employer. Educators seeking career opportunities can find postings on the institute’s recruitment page. Local colleges, including the elite four-year liberal arts school, Reed College, and the technical college, Portland Community College, are other options. Average teaching salaries in Portland generally fall just below the city’s estimated living wage expectation for a family of four.

2Eugene
  • 163,460
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $55,333
  • [TBA]

The major employer of elementary, middle and high school teachers in the city of Eugene is Eugene School District, which employs 736 teachers in 36 schools. Employment opportunities with the school district can be found on the district’s recruitment page. Lane Community College and the University of Oregon at Eugene are the primary postsecondary employers in the City. Average teaching salaries for single educator families in Eugene fall below the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

3Salem
  • 164,549
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $61,750
  • [TBA]

Salem-Keizer School District is the main employer of teachers in the Salem. Educators seeking teaching positions can find current openings at the school district’s recruitment page. For postsecondary educators, Corban University is the main source of employment; teaching opportunities can be found on the university’s employment page. Willamette University is another local option. On the college side of hiring, the best bet is Chemeketa Community College. Average annual incomes for public school teachers living and working in Salem generally fall below the living costs estimate for the region based on the needs of a family of four.

4Gresham
  • 110,553
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $59,826
  • [TBA]

Gresham-Barlow School District encompasses 23 schools in the region and employs over 500 full-time teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. The district welcomes teachers looking for job opportunities to visit their recruitment page. For teachers at the postsecondary level, Mt Hood Community College is the primary employer. Educators seeking employment at the college can find opportunities on their job page. Based on statewide data, average salaries for public school teachers working in Gresham fall below the regional cost of living.

5Hillsboro
  • 102,347
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $62,360
  • [TBA]

Hillsboro School District is the region’s primary employer of educators. Hillsboro educators seeking employment can visit the districts job page for current opportunities. Local colleges and universities include several satellite campuses, including one for Pacific University. Public school teachers in Hillsboro generally report salaries just under the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

6Beaverton
  • 96,577
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $59,826
  • [TBA]

Beaverton School District is the main employer of educators in the city. With 53 schools in the region, the district employs 1,803 teachers who work full-time. Available job opportunities can be found on the district’s recruitment site. There are no postsecondary institutions in Beaverton, although Portland Community College does operate some facilities in the city. Average annual pay for teachers working in Beaverton typically falls below the regional living wage based on the estimated needs of a family of four.

7Medford
  • 79,805
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $59,726
  • [TBA]

Medford School District encompasses 22 schools and employs close to 600 local teaches full-time.  Educators seeking an opportunity with the district can find openings on district’s recruitment page. Southern Oregon University Medford is the primary employer on the postsecondary side; job opportunities are posted on the university’s recruitment page. School teachers working full-time in Medford generally earn below the region’s living wage.

8Springfield
  • 60,870
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,826
  • [TBA]

Springfield School District manages local 22 schools and is the primary employer of teachers. Educators seeking job opportunities can view postings on the district’s employment page. There are no major colleges or universities in Springfield, but Pioneer Pacific College does have a campus in the city. Single income educator families generally earn below the living wage estimates for the region but dual-income educator families can reasonably expect to exceed the estimated living wage for a family of four.

9Bend
  • 58,693
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $58,693
  • [TBA]

Bend La Pine School District manages close to thirty local schools and employs over 700 full-time teaching staff. Job opportunities can be found on the school district’s jobs page. For postsecondary educators, Central Oregon Community College has a facility in Bend. Educators seeking career opportunities at the college should visit the college’s recruitment page. Average annual incomes for public school teachers working in Bend fall short of the living estimates for a family, but dual income educator households tend to meet and exceed standard living costs.

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