Top Areas for Hiring

From Memphis to Chattanooga, educators will find many places to live and work in Tennessee but some offer a better cost of living and living wage to salary gap than others.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Memphis
  • 655,770
  • 84.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $50,413
  • [TBA]

Shelby County School District is the major employer of teachers in the City of Memphis with 9,282 teachers working full time across 290 public schools teaching elementary, middle, and high school learners. Educators seeking employment, will find employment opportunities on the district’s recruitment site. At the postsecondary level educators can find available openings at the University of Memphis, which is home to over 800 full-time faculty members and approximately 500 part-time faculty members. Another local option is the Memphis College of Art. Jobs at the university can be found on the university’s careers site. Average teaching salaries in Memphis for single income educator families generally do not meet the region’s living wage estimates.

2Knoxville
  • 185,291
  • 86.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $48,780
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of educators in Knoxville is Knox County School District; they operate close to 90 area schools and employ thousands of teachers.  Jobs are posted on the district’s recruitment page. For postsecondary education jobs, Knoxville is home to Pellissippi State Community College. The main campus of the University of Tennessee is also in Knoxville; jobs are posted online.  Teachers working in Knoxville generally do not meet the threshold for the regional living wage estimate based on a single educator’s income for a family of four.

3Chattanooga
  • 176,588
  • 95.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $45,192
  • [TBA]

Hamilton County School District is the primary employer teachers in the region and employs 3,046 full time classroom teachers. Educators seeking a teaching position in Chattanooga can find details about current vacancies and applicant information on the Hamilton County School District recruitment page. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the region’s largest public university. Local colleges include Chattanooga State Community College.  Public school teachers’ wages generally fall below living wage estimates for a family of four in Chattanooga; dual-income educator families are better off.

4Clarksville
  • 149,176
  • 97.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,430
  • [TBA]

Clarksville-Montgomery County School District is the major employer of teachers in Clarksville with over 2,000 employees; opportunities for educators can be found on the district employment page. For postsecondary teachers, Austin Peay State University located in Clarksville is the best bet.  Local Nashville State Community College is another option. Based on regional and state-wide data average salaries for public school teachers exceed the regional cost of living estimates.

5Murfreesboro
  • 126,118
  • 90.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $49,763
  • [TBA]

Murfreesboro School District is the primary employer of educators in the region with 535 teachers delivering full time service in the district’s 12 schools.  Job opportunities with the district can be found on Murfreesboro School District recruitment page. Teachers at the postsecondary level can look for work at Middle Tennessee State University located in Murfreesboro. Single-income educator families make below the living wage estimate for the region but dual-income educator families generally meet the regional living wage.

6Franklin
  • 72,639
  • 85.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $49,763
  • [TBA]

Franklin schools are overseen by Franklin Special School District, which operates 8 schools and employs 337 classroom teachers, making the district the largest employer of public school teachers in the city. Educators seeking employment can find jobs posted on the districts recruitment page. For postsecondary positions the best bet is Columbia State Community College. Educators seeking employment in further education can find job opportunities on the college’s central recruitment page. Single income educator families in Franklin make below the region’s living wage estimate for a family.

7Jackson
  • 66,975
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $45,316
  • [TBA]

The Jackson-Madison County School System is the primary employer of educators in Jackson City. Educators can find available job openings on the district’s employment page. Jackson State Community College is the main employer of postsecondary educators; instructors are welcome to apply for career opportunities on the college’s recruitment site. While single-income educator households earn less than the region’s living wage, dual-income educator families generally meet or exceed the city’s living wage estimate.

8Johnson
  • 66,027
  • 88.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $48,510
  • [TBA]

The main employer of educators in Johnson is the Johnson City School District employing 499 teachers across its 12 regional schools. Educators seeking employment can find opportunities on the district’s recruitment page. East Tennessee State University located in Johnson City employs over 700 full-time faculty members and is another major local employer of educators. Educators seeking opportunities should visit the university’s careers site. Average teaching salaries in Johnson City do not meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family.

9Bartlett
  • 58,579
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $49,763
  • [TBA]

Bartlett School District is the main facilitator of public schooling for elementary, middle and high school learners in Bartlett. Educators seeking teaching posts can find opportunities listed on the school districts careers page. For postsecondary teaching positions, National College has a campus located in Bartlett and posts career opportunities on its centralized careers page. Other than National College, Bartlett City has no other major postsecondary education institutes. Average wages for public school teachers in Johnson City lag behind the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

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