Top Areas for Hiring

From Virginia Beach to Newport News and far beyond, Virginia is home to many desirable destinations for educators to live, work and raise a family. Find out more about Virginia’s top destinations in the following city-by-city guide.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Virginia Beach
  • 452,745
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, University Professors
  • $60,476
  • [TBA]

Virginia Beach City Public Schools is the largest employer of public school teachers in the region with 4,028 teachers working full time in its 86 schools and facilitating learning for elementary, middle and high school students. Instructions for educators seeking employment can be found on the school district’s job opportunities page. Virginia Beach is home to two main universities that educators of postsecondary education can look to for employment opportunities. ECPI University Virginia Beach employs 405 full-time faculty instructors at its campus and opportunities for teaching can be found on the university’s employment opportunities page. Teaching salaries for public school teachers in the region generally fall below the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

2Norfolk
  • 246,393
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $60,476
  • [TBA]

Norfolk City Public Schools is the primary employer of classroom teachers in Norfolk. Educators seeking work can locate current job announcements through the school district’s human resources page. Opportunities for instructors at the postsecondary level are available at Norfolk State University; they post available openings on their employment page. Local colleges include Tidewater Community College. Average public school teaching salaries in Norfolk generally fall below the regional and state living wage estimates for a family of four.

3Chesapeake
  • 235,429
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $63,493
  • [TBA]

Chesapeake City Public Schools employs 2,633 teachers in 47 schools. Educators seeking employment can find jobs on the facilitators employment page. For teachers at the postsecondary level, Centura College and Everest College are the primary employers of full time faculty in the city. Educators looking for work at Centura College can commence the application process on the college’s employment page. Openings at Everest College can also be found online. Strayer University’s Chesapeake Campus also hires faculty; employment can be found on the university’s centralized careers page. Public school teachers living and working in Chesapeake generally earn just below the city’s living wage estimates for a family.

4Arlington
  • 207,627
  • 142.0%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $72,000
  • [TBA]

Arlington County Public Schools is the city’s largest employer of public school teachers with over 1,924 teachers on staff. Educators looking for employment can find jobs on the school district’s employment page. For postsecondary educators living in Arlington, Marymount University employs 160 full-time faculty on campus and jobs can be found on the university’s human resource page. Average teaching salaries for public school teachers living and working in Arlington meet or exceed the regional living wage estimates for the region, despite its high cost of living index.

5Richmond
  • 220,289
  • 94.6%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $57,246
  • [TBA]

Richmond City Public Schools employs over 2,000 teachers in its 54 schools from the elementary to high school level. Educators seeking work can find anticipated job openings listed on the school districts employment opportunities page. The University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University are best bets on the postsecondary side of hiring. Open faculty positions can be found on the universities’ human resources sites. Teaching salaries in Richmond ordinarily fall below the city’s living wage requirements based on the needs of a family of four.

6Newport News
  • 182,385
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $60,476
  • [TBA]

Newport News City Public Schools employs 2,107 classroom teachers in its 44 schools. Educators looking for employment can find job postings on the school district’s employment page. Christopher Newport University employs 275 full time faculty and available job opportunities are posted on the CNU employment opportunities page. On the college side of hiring, the best bet is the local campus of Centura College. Teaching salaries in Newport News fall short of the city’s living wage requirements for a family but dual-income educator households generally far exceed the city’s living wage estimate.

7Alexandria
  • 153,511
  • 141.7%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $72,080
  • [TBA]

The primary employer of public school teachers in the region is Alexandria City Public Schools, which employs 1152 teachers in its 19 schools. Educators looking for work in the district can find upcoming employment opportunities listed on the district’s employment page. Stayer University Alexandria is the main administrator of postsecondary education in Alexandria and teaching opportunities for this location can be found on the university’s centralized careers page. In Alexandria, teachers’ salaries are generally higher than the region’s estimated living wage requirements for a family.

8Hampton
  • 136,454
  • 97.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $63,493
  • [TBA]

Hampton City Public Schools is the main employer of teachers in Hampton and employs 1,648 teachers in 31 schools. Teachers seeking employment with the district can find jobs listed on the district’s employment page. Hampton University is the primary employer of postsecondary educators in Hampton with 317 teachers working full time on its local campus. Opportunities for employment can be found on the university’s careers page. Teachers working full-time in the city can generally expect their annual salary to fall slightly below the city’s annual living wage index, although it is usual for dual income educator families and postsecondary educators working full time to meet or exceed the region’s living wage index.

9Portsmouth
  • 96,201
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $63,493
  • [TBA]

Portsmouth City Public School District employs 989 teachers in the city. Educators in the region looking for jobs can be find employment opportunities on the district’s employment page. There are no major universities or colleges in the city of Portsmouth. According to regional data, average annual salaries for public school teachers working in Portsmouth fall slightly short of the state’s living wage.

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