Top Areas for Hiring

Rhode Island is a small but relatively densely populated state with just over 1 million residents. The following list features the state’s top hiring regions for educators. With the ability to drive across the state in approximately one hour, in Rhode Island, commute times are extremely low, which theoretically makes it it is possible for residents to work in nearly any region of the state regardless of their home base.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Providence
  • 179,207
  • 123.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $68,216
  • [TBA]

There are two major employers of educators in Providence: Providence Public Schools and Brown University. Providence Public Schools is home to 40 schools and employs approximately 1400 full-time teachers. Job openings with Providence Public Schools can be found on the district’s recruitment site. At the postsecondary level, one can find work at Brown University. In 2015-2016, the university employed 731 full time faculty members and another 944 additional instructional staff across disciplines. Brown University advertises openings on its career page. The average salary for public school teachers is just above the region’s living wage and the average salary for postsecondary educators far exceeds living wage estimates for the region. This means that in Providence, educators supporting a family four on a single income can generally expect to.

2Warwick
  • 81,699
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College Professors
  • $68,216
  • [TBA]

The largest employer of educators in Warwick is Warwick Public Schools.  The school board employs 788 teachers in 24 schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. A small number of teachers find work in one of the regions independent schools, which includes a Catholic boys secondary school, Bishop Hendricken High School. While there are no universities in Warwick, there is a campus of the Community College of Rhode Island and some postsecondary educators find work on the campus.  For public school teachers and college professors, Warwick is a place where educators can reasonably expect to meet or exceed living wage standards. Teachers in two-income families can expect to have additional money to save for the future.

3Cranston
  • 81,073
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $67,533
  • [TBA]

With 24 schools and 676 full-time teachers, Cranston Public School Board is Cranston’s biggest employer of educators. Jobs with the Cranston Public School Board are posted on the board’s recruitment site. In Cranston, there are no postsecondary institutions. Based on statewide data, educators in Cranston can reasonably expect to meet or exceed the region’s living wage.

4Pawtucket
  • 71,591
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $67,533
  • [TBA]

Pawtucket Public Schools is home to 16 schools staffed by 759 full-time teachers, giving the school district an attractive 12/1 student/teacher ratio. Other teachers can find work in the region’s local Catholic schools. There are no postsecondary institutions located in the Pawtucket region. Teachers seeking positions with Pawtucket Public Schools can find available jobs on the board’s recruitment site. There are no postsecondary institutions located in Pawtucket, but there are several Catholic schools at the elementary and secondary levels where teachers can find work. Like other areas of Rhode Island, teachers in Pawtucket generally meet or exceed living wage estimates for the region.

5East Providence
  • 47,408
  • 123.3%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $68,216
  • [TBA]

East Providence Public Schools employs 367 full-time teachers in 13 area schools. While East Providence is home to several private schools, there are no postsecondary schools located in the city’s limits. Available jobs with East Providence Public Schools can be found on a statewide job seeker’s site. By and large, East Providence is a great place for educators to work and reside, with average salaries exceeding living wage estimates.

6Woonsocket
  • 41,475
  • 96.4%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $67,533
  • [TBA]

Woonsocket’s 10 schools are staffed by 337 full-time teachers. The larges employer of educators in Woonsocket is Woonsocket Public Schools. Available jobs can be found on the board’s recruitment website. There are no private schools nor postsecondary institutions in Woonsocket, but given the size of the state, it is also possible to live in Woonsocket and commute to towns with more expansive opportunities for educators at all levels and across systems. Like other areas of the state, teachers in Woonsocket can reasonable expect to support a family of four on a single income.

7Coventry
  • 34,988
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $67,533
  • [TBA]

Coventry Public Schools employ 374 full-time teachers in 8 schools districtwide. Available jobs appear on the board’s recruitment site. There are no postsecondary institutions located in the Coventry area, but it is possible to live in Coventry and commute to Providence where one can find work at the postsecondary level. Like other areas of the state, teachers report higher than average annual salaries that meet or exceed living wage estimates.

8Cumberland
  • 34,529
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $67,533
  • [TBA]

Cumberland’s 9 schools are staffed by 230 full-time teachers. The region is also home to one Catholic schools—the Mercymount Country Day School. For jobs in the area’s public schools, visit the Cumberland School District and click on the district’s career site. There are no postsecondary institutions located in the Cumberland area. In keeping with statewide norms, educators in Cumberland generally make more than the living wage for the region, which makes Cumberland a recommended destination for American educators.

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