Top Areas for Hiring

From Charleston to Martinsburg, West Virginia is home to many schools, colleges and universities looking for qualified personnel.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Charleston
  • 49,736
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, University Professors
  • $45,476
  • [TBA]

Kanawha County Schools is the primary employer of teachers in the region with 1,926 classroom teachers working full time; prospective teachers seeking job opportunities can find openings listed on the district’s employment page. The City of Charleston is home to the University of Charleston, which is the primary employer of postsecondary educators. Employment opportunities for educators seeking work can be found on the University’s careers page. Average public school teaching salaries in Charleston fall well below the state’s living wage requirements for a family.

2Huntington
  • 46,638
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $48,180
  • [TBA]

Cabell County Schools is the region’s largest employer of teachers with over 800 teachers working full time. Educators looking for employment opportunities in the district can find job openings on the school district’s employment page. Marshall University in Huntington is the primary postsecondary institution in the region. Job opportunities are posted on the university’s recruitment page. Mountwest Community and Technical College is another option on the postsecondary side; anyone seeking job opportunities can find current openings on the college’s recruitment page. Teachers living and working in the city typically do not earn enough to meet the estimated living wage threshold for a family of four.

3Parkersburg
  • 30,991
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $45,476
  • [TBA]

Wood County Schools is the district’s governing educational body for Parkersburg City public schools and employs 899 full-time classroom teachers across its 28 schools in the region. Educators on the K-12 side of the hiring spectrum can find jobs on the school district’s recruitment page. The largest employer of university faculty in the city is West Virginia University at Parkersburg; job openings are listed on the university’s employment page. On the college side of hiring, the best bet is Mountain State College. Public school teachers working and living in Parkersburg earn significantly less than the region’s estimated living wage but dual income educator families working full time stand a better chance of meeting the region’s living wage estimate.

4Morgantown
  • 30,708
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $45,476
  • [TBA]

Monongalia County Schools employs 738 classroom school teachers. Opportunities for educators can be found on the school district’s jobs page. Morgantown is also home to a campus of West Virginia University; for openings visit the university’s recruitment site. Public school teachers working and living in Parkersburg earn significantly less than the region’s estimated living wage.

5Wheeling City
  • 27,648
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,286
  • [TBA]

Ohio County Schools District is the largest employer of public school teachers in Wheeling with 397 teachers employed full time. Current opportunities for educators can be found on their employment page. Wheeling Jesuit University is one of the main employers of postsecondary educators in Wheeling; openings can be found on the university’s employment page. West Virginia Northern Community College in Wheeling is the best bet on the college side of hiring. Annual reported earnings for teachers in Wheeling typically do not meet the city’s living wage needs for a family of four.

6Weirton
  • 19,175
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $49,570
  • [TBA]

Hancock County School System operates six schools in Weirton, including four elementary schools, a middle school, and a high school and employs 294 classroom teachers. Jobs can be found on the district’s recruitment page. There are no major universities or Colleges in the city of Weirton. Average salaries for public school teachers in the region fall below the city’s average living wage needs for a family of four; however, dual-income educator families working full-time can expect to easily meet or exceed the region’s living wage requirements for a family.

7Fairmont
  • 18,733
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $45,476
  • [TBA]

Marion County Schools employs 555 full-time teachers in the region and job opportunities can be found on the school district’s jobs board. Fairmont State University is the largest employer of postsecondary educators in the city. Jobs can be found on the university’s careers page. Pierpont Community and Technical College is the main employer of college educators.  Average teaching salaries in Fairmont fall below the state’s living wage needs for a family of four.

8Beckley
  • 17,056
  • 93.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College Professors
  • $45,476
  • [TBA]

Raleigh County Schools is the primary employer of classroom teachers in the region and employs 875

educators on a full-time basis. Teachers looking for employment can find jobs posted on the district’s recruitment page. The local campus of New River Community and Technical College is the best bet on the college side of hiring. Educators living and working in Beckley City generally make under the city’s living wage requirements for a family of four.

9Martinsburg
  • 17,700
  • 93.5%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators
  • $61,606
  • [TBA]

Berkeley County Schools in Martinsburg is the primary employer of public school teachers in the region with 1,328 teachers working at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Jobs for educators can be found on the school district’s recruitment page. There are no major colleges or universities in the city of Martinsburg. In sharp contrast to other areas of the state, teachers in Martinsburg comfortably exceed the region’s living wage estimate.

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