Top Areas for Hiring

From Seattle to Tacoma and well beyond, Washington is home to many cities and towns with great opportunities for teachers at the K-12 and college and university levels.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Seattle
  • 684,451
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $62,603
  • [TBA]

Seattle Public Schools is the largest employer of classroom teachers in the region. Educators seeking job opportunities with the district can find job postings on the school district’s employment page. The University of Washington Seattle is the city’s largest employer of university faculty. Professors seeking career opportunities can find available openings on the university’s employment page. The city is also home to Seattle University, which facilitates learning for close to 7,000 students and employs over 500 full-time instructors; opportunities can be found on the institute’s recruitment page. Seattle Pacific University is also posts their employment opportunities on their website. College educators can look for work at Seattle Central College and North Seattle College among many others. Average public school teaching salaries in Seattle fall below the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four, but dual-income educator families and university faculty tend to meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family.

2Spokane
  • 213,272
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $61,220
  • [TBA]

Spokane School District is the city’s governing body for education and primary employer of classroom teachers with over 1,600 teachers working full-time. Educators seeking work can locate current job opportunities on the school district’s human resources page. Opportunities for instructors at the postsecondary level include Gonzaga University (openings are posted on their employment page), Whitworth University (which also posts teaching positions online), and Spokane Community College (see their career site for openings). Annual teaching salaries in Spokane generally meet the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four, making a Spokane a top destination in Washington for educators.

3Tacoma
  • 207,908
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $61,106
  • [TBA]

In Tacoma, the best bet for K-12 educators is the Tacoma School District. Educators seeking teaching opportunities in the district can find available openings on the school district’s employment page. For postsecondary educators, the University of Puget Sound is the best bet; see the university’s recruitment page for details. Jobs may also be found at local Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Washington Tacoma, as well as several local colleges. Teaching salaries in Tacoma ordinarily fall below the city’s living wage index based on the needs of a family of four, but dual-income educator families can expect to survive and thrive.

4Vancouver
  • 172,860
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $61,106
  • [TBA]

Vancouver School District employs 1,156 classroom teachers in its 31 schools and educators looking for employment can find job postings on the school district’s employment page. For educators at the postsecondary level, Clark College employs close to 200 full -time faculty and available jobs are posted on the college’s employment opportunities page. The local campus of Washington State University is another option. Teaching salaries in Vancouver fall short of the city’s living wage index but dual-income educator households generally meet and exceed the city’s living wage estimate.

5Bellevue
  • 139,820
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $62,603
  • [TBA]

Bellevue School District is the primary employer of teachers in the region with close to 1000 teachers working full-time. Educators looking for work can find opportunities on the school district’s recruitment page. Bellevue College and the local campus of City University of Seattle are the city’s primary employers on the postsecondary side. According to regional data statistics average annual salaries for public school teachers working in Bellevue fall short of the states living wage although dual income educator families typically exceed the living wage.

6Kent
  • 126,952
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $61,106
  • [TBA]

Kent School District is the main employer of teachers in Kent and employs 1,394 teachers. Educators seeking employment can find jobs listed on the district’s employment page. There are no major colleges or universities in Kent. Teachers working full-time in the region can generally expect their annual salary to fall slightly below the city’s living wage requirements for a family.

7Everett
  • 108,010
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $61,106
  • [TBA]

Everett School District is home to 32 schools in the region and employs 902 full-time teachers; educators seeking employment can find jobs on their employment page. For teachers at the postsecondary level, Everett Community College is the best bet; one can start the application process on the college’s employment page. Teachers working full-time in the city can generally report a short fall in their annual salary measured against the city’s living wage estimate. Educator families with a dual income tend to exceed the city’s living wage estimate.

8Renton
  • 100,242
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $61,106
  • [TBA]

In Renton, the top employer of teachers is the Renton School District, which employs close to 800 teachers in its 29 schools. Educators looking for employment can find jobs on the school district’s employment page. For postsecondary educators living in Renton, Renton Technical College is the best bet. Teaching salaries in Renton generally fall short of the city’s living wage index based on the needs of four.

9Spokane Valley
  • 94,919
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $61,220
  • [TBA]

Spokane School District is the region’s primary employer of classroom teachers. Educators seeking work can locate current job announcements through the school district’s human resources page. Opportunities for instructors on the postsecondary side can be found at Spokane Community College and the Gonzaga University and Whitworth University. Average public school teaching salaries in Spokane generally meet or exceed the city’s estimated living wage for a family of four.

10Yakima
  • 93,701
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $57,156
  • [TBA]

Yakima School District employs 818 teachers and educators looking for jobs can find employment opportunities on the district’s employment page. Yakima Valley Community College is the city’s main facilitator of postsecondary education. Teaching opportunities at the college can be found on the college’s careers page. Teaching salaries in Yakima fall slightly short of the city’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

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