Top Areas for Hiring

Vermont is home to only six cities with populations over 7,000. Most people in Vermont work and/or live in rural areas. The following guide offers population, cost of living, living wage and salary estimates for Vermont’s six largest cities and towns, beginning with Burlington.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Burlington
  • 42,452
  • 123.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $64,810
  • [TBA]

Burlington’s two largest employers of educators are the Burlington School District, which employs 352 full-time teachers, and the University of Vermont, which employs 1,196 full-time and 319 part-time faculty. Jobs with the Burlington School District can be found on the district’s recruitment site. Faculty positions at the University of Vermont are posted on the university’s human resources site. Burlington is also home to several private schools, including those identifying as Christian or Catholic and several identifying as alternative or Waldorf affiliated. Public school teachers in Burlington generally report incomes just under the living wage standards for a family of four and postsecondary educators generally meet or exceed the city’s living wage standards.

2South Burlington
  • 18,791
  • 123.2%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers
  • $64,810
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of educators in South Burlington is the South Burlington School District. With approximately 200 full-time teachers, the South Burlington School District is the state’s second largest employer of public school teachers. Jobs with the board can be found on the board’s recruitment site. Generally, public school teachers in South Burlington make just under what is needed to support a family of four on a single salary, which means that educators with seniority and those in dual-income families are generally more than able to meet their basic needs and save for the future.

3Rutland
  • 15,824
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $55,282
  • [TBA]

Rutland’s major employers of educators include Rutland City Public Schools, the state’s third largest school board, several private high schools, including Mount Saint Joseph Academy and Rutland Area Christian School, Castleton University and the Rutland campus of the Community College of Vermont. Jobs with Rutland City Public Schools are posted on the SchoolSpring’s site. Castleton University’s human resources department hosts a job portal, and jobs at the Community College of Vermont can be found on the system’s central recruitment site. Public school teachers’ salaries in Rutland are just under the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four, but senior level educators and most postsecondary educators meet or exceed living wage estimates for the region.

4Barre
  • 8,746
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $55,282
  • n/a

The major employer of educators in Barre is Wilkes-Barre Area School District, which employs close to 500 full-time teachers. Jobs postings for the Wilkes-Barre Area School District appear on the district’s talent recruitment site. Public school teachers in Barre generally report annual incomes that fall somewhat short of the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four, but dual-income educator families in the area can expect to have more than enough to meet and exceed the region’s living wage estimates for a family.

5Montpelier
  • 7,592
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $55,282
  • [TBA]

Schools in Montpelier, Vermont’s state capital, are overseen by the Montpelier School District, which employs 91 full-time teachers in three area schools. Job seekers should visit the board’s human resources pages to learn about upcoming openings. Montpelier is also home to a campus of the Community College of Vermont, which posts jobs on its centralized recruitment page. Other jobs for educators occasionally come up at the town’s other local colleges, which include the New England Culinary Institute and Vermont College of Fine Arts (but notably, the Vermont College of Fine Arts offers degrees primarily online and in a low-residency model, so the college employs limited full-time faculty in Montpelier).

6Winooski
  • 7,193
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $55,282
  • [TBA]

The largest employer of educators in Winooski is the Winooski School District. The Winooski School District employs just over 80 full-time teachers in 3 schools. Links to available openings in the district can be found on the district’s human resources page. Jobs for college professors can be found at the Community College of Vermont’s Winooski campus; visit the system’s central recruitment site for available postings. Annual reported incomes for school teachers in Winooksi fall short of the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four.

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