Top Areas for Hiring

A populated state and one that is home to many public schools, private schools, as well as colleges and universities, Pennsylvania is a major destination for educators.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Philadelphia
  • 1,567,442
  • 119.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $62,330
  • [TBA]

Philadelphia City Public School District is the city’s largest employer of public school with over 7,500 classroom teachers working full time across the district’s 250 schools. Educators seeking employment can apply to job openings on the district’s recruitment page. The University of Pennsylvania is the primary university in the city and the largest employer of postsecondary educators with 2,007 instructors working full time. The university posts their career opportunities on the university’s careers page. However, on the postsecondary side, there are also many other options from Drexel University to Temple University to Moore College of Art and Design and the Curtis Institute of Music. The living wage for the region is less than the average annual earnings of most public school teachers, making it a great place for teachers to live, work and raise a family.

2Pittsburgh
  • 304,391
  • 98.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $61,626
  • [TBA]

In Pittsburgh, the largest employer is K-12 educators is the Pittsburgh School District. Educators seeking employment opportunities in the district can find current job postings on the district’s recruitment page. The University of Pittsburgh is the main university in the city; jobs are posted on the university’s employment page. Another major local employer on the postsecondary side if Carnegie Mellon University, which also posts job openings online. On the college side of hiring, there is also the Pittsburgh Technical Institute. Teaching salaries in Pittsburgh generally exceed the city’s average living wage expenses for a family of four.

3Allentown
  • 120,207
  • 103.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $61,446
  • [TBA]

In Allentown, Allentown City School District is the primary facilitator of elementary, middle and high school education. The district employs close to 1000 teachers working full-time. Educators seeking opportunities within the district can find postings on their recruitment page. Postsecondary faculty looking for teaching opportunities can find job openings at Cedar Crest College, the main employer of postsecondary education in Allentown. Openings at the college can be found on their careers page. Annual educator salaries typically meet the region’s living wage for a family, which means Allentown is another top destination for educators.

4Erie
  • 278,045
  • 99.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $53,136
  • [TBA]

Erie City School District is the main employer of teachers in the region with over 800 classroom teachers staffing 19 schools. Educators seeking employment can find opportunities posted on the district’s recruitment page. Educators at the postsecondary level can seek opportunities with Gannon University, which employs 227 teachers on its campus; applications can be put forwards on the facilitator’s recruitment page. Despite recent efforts to establish a local community college, to date, there are no colleges in Erie. Single-income educator families in Erie generally make just below the region’s living wage but dual-income educator families have more than enough to survive and thrive in the city.

5Reading
  • 87,879
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $63,460
  • [TBA]

Reading School District is the region’s largest K-12 employer. Educators seeking teaching positions can find jobs on the school district’s employment page. At the postsecondary level, Reading is home to Albright College. Educators seeking employment will find opportunities on the college’s recruitment page. Average incomes for public school teachers in Reading generally surpass the estimated living cost for a family of four.

6Scranton
  • 77,118
  • 99.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $60,900
  • [TBA]

In Scranton, the best bet for K-12 educators is Scranton Schools District. Educators living in the city and looking for employment can find job openings at the district’s recruitment page. Educators at the postsecondary level can find job opportunities at the University of Scranton; openings are posted online. Other local options include Johnson College and Lackawanna College. Average salaries for public school teachers in Scranton typically meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements based on the needs of a family four.

7Bethlehem
  • 74,892
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $61,446
  • [TBA]

Bethlehem Area City District oversees public schools in Bethlehem. Educators living in the city and seeking employment can find current openings on the school district’s recruitment page. The City of Bethlehem is home to Lehigh University; employment opportunities can be found on the university’s careers page. Moravian College is another local option for postsecondary educators. The average salary of public school teachers living and working in Bethlehem generally meets the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

8Lancaster
  • 59,339
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,050
  • [TBA]

Lancaster School District is the largest employer in Lancaster. Educators seeking an opportunity with the school district can find current job openings on the school district’s recruitment page. Franklin and Marshall College is the primary employer of postsecondary education in Lancaster with close to 300 teaching staff. Career opportunities at the university can be found on the university’s recruitment site. Central Pennsylvania College and Harrisburg Area Community College are the best bets for college educators on the job market. The average salary for public school teachers in Lancaster falls just below the state’s estimated living wage based on the needs of a family a four.

9Levittown
  • 52,983
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $61,566
  • [TBA]

Bristol Township School District is the primary employer of K-12 teachers in the region, and educators seeking teaching opportunities can find job openings on the district’s recruitment page. There are no major colleges or universities in Levittown. Teachers generally make above the region’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

10Harrisburg
  • 49,081
  • 99.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $57,820
  • [TBA]

For K-12 job openings, the best bet is the Harrisburg City School District. Educators living in the city and looking for employment opportunities can find job openings on the district’s recruitment page. There are no major colleges or universities in Harrisburg. At the postsecondary level, Penn State, Harrisburg University and Temple University all have campuses located in Harrisburg. Local colleges include Messiah College and nearby Lebanon Valley College and York College of Pennsylvania. Average salaries for public school teachers in Harrisburg fall slightly below the region’s living wage based on the estimated needs of a family four. Senior-level educators and those working full-time at the postsecondary level generally meet or exceed the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

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