Top Areas for Hiring

From Houston to San Antonio to El Paso, Texas is home to many dynamics cities and has much to offer educators. While wages meet or exceed living wage needs for a family of four in many locations, this is not true across Texas’s major cities. The following guide has everything educators need to make smart decisions about where to work and live in Texas.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Houston
  • 2,296,224
  • 98.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $57,373
  • [TBA]

Houston Independent School District is by far the largest employer of educators in the Houston. With 288 schools in the region, the district employs 11,336 teachers on a full-time basis. Available teaching posting can be found on the districts recruitment site. For postsecondary educators, the University of Houston is the best bet. It is the third largest university in Texas and has a full-time teaching faculty over 1,300. Teaching faculty seeking career opportunities can find postings on the institutes recruitment page. Average teaching salaries in Houston meet the living wage expectations for the region.

2San Antonio
  • 1,469,845
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $53,200
  • [TBA]

There are two major employers of elementary, middle and high school teachers in San Antonio: San Antonio ISD and South San Antonio ISD. Combined these teachers serve over 63,000 students in 119 schools. Employment opportunities with San Antonio ISD can be found on the school district’s recruitment page. South San Antonio ISD posts current opportunities on their recruitment page as well. The University of Texas San Antonio and San Antonio College, are the largest employers of postsecondary educators in the region. The University of Texas San Antonio employs a total of 1,008 faculty and career opportunities for educators can be found on the institute’s careers page. Likewise, San Antonio College employs 310 postsecondary educators and career opportunities can be found on their employment page. Average teaching salaries in San Antonio fall short of the living wage estimates for the region. Dual-income educator households tend to meet and exceed the region’s living wage.

3Dallas
  • 1,300,092
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $54,873
  • [TBA]

Dallas Independent School District is the main employer of teachers in the city. Educators seeking teaching positions within the region can find current openings on the school district’s recruitment page.

Lake Dallas Independent Schools district is another option for educators seeking employment; job postings can be found at their recruitment page. For postsecondary educators, the University of North Texas at Dallas and West Coast University Dallas are the best bets for employment opportunities. Average incomes for public school teachers living and working in Dallas fall short of the living wage estimates for the region based on the needs of a family of four. Dual-income educator households tend to meet and exceed the regional living wage.

4Austin
  • 931,830
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $52,623
  • [TBA]

Austin Independent School District encompasses 133 schools in the region and employs 5,899 full-time teachers. The district welcomes teachers looking for a job opportunity to visit their recruitment page. The University of Texas at Austin, home to more than 50,950 students and 2,728 teaching faculty, is another major local employer. For openings, visit their website. Based on statewide data, average reported salaries for public school teachers working in Austin fall below the regional cost of living, but postsecondary educators with full-time positions generally meet or exceed the region’s living wage needs for a family of four.

5Fort Worth
  • 833,319
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $54,873
  • [TBA]

Fort Worth Independent School District oversees 148 schools across the region from elementary through to high school level. With 5,217 teachers providing learning to the youth in Fort Worth, it is a major local employer; educators seeking employment can visit the districts jobs page for current opportunities. Fort Worth is home to University of North Texas Health Science Center, which employs over 400 full-time health science faculty. In Fort Worth, college educators can look for work at Tarrant County College. Public school teachers in Fort Worth earn below the regions living wage based on a family of four on a full time single educators wage. Dual Income educators generally meet or exceed the living wage estimate for the region when working full time.

6El Paso
  • 681,124
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,963
  • [TBA]

El Paso Independent School District is the main employer of educators in the city. With 106 schools in the region, the district employs 4,121 teachers full time. Available teaching opportunities can be found on the district’s recruitment site. For postsecondary academic educators the University of Texas at El Paso is the best bet; job opportunity can be found at the university’s recruitment page. Southwest University at El Paso is another option. Average annual pay for teachers working in El Paso typically is below the regional living wage based on the needs of a family of four.

7Arlington
  • 388,125
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $54,873
  • [TBA]

Arlington Independent School District is the region’s largest employer of educators. Job opportunities in teaching can be found on the school district’s jobs page. For postsecondary educators, the city is home to the University of Texas at Arlington. Educators seeking career opportunities at the university should check the university’s recruitment page. Brightwood College is another option for postsecondary educator. Average incomes for public school teachers in Arlington fall below the living wage estimates for the region. Dual-income educator households tend to meet and exceed region’s living wage needs.

8Corpus Christi
  • 324,074
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $56,450
  • [TBA]

Corpus Christi Independent School District is home to 60 schools and provides instruction to over 39,000 students. With 2,275 teachers employed full time, it is a major local employer of educators; educators seeking an opportunity with the district can visit their recruitment page. Texas A&M University is the primary employer of postsecondary educators in Corpus Christi and employs 417 full time instructors; job opportunities can be found on their recruitment page. Del Mar College is another employer on the postsecondary side of hiring. School teachers working full time in Corpus Christi generally earn just below the region’s living wage. Dual-income educator families and post secondary educators generally meet or exceed the living wage estimate in Corpus Christi.

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