Top Areas for Hiring

Wisconsin offers educators a variety of opportunities in urban and rural locations. The following guide offers cost of living, living wage and average pay data for top destinations statewide.

  • Population
  • Cost of Living Index
  • Average Pay
  • Weekly Hiring Trends
  • Types of Hiring
1Milwaukee
  • 600,155
  • 100.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $59,593
  • [TBA]

The Milwaukee School District is the main employer of classroom teachers in Milwaukee with over 4,000 full-time teachers. Educators seeking employment will find job opportunities on the district’s recruitment site. At the postsecondary level, educators can find available openings at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee—the primary employer of postsecondary faculty in the region. 1080 full-time faculty are employed by the university full-time and jobs can be found on the university’s careers page. Marquette University is the state’s largest private facilitator of postsecondary education and employs 630 educators; those seeking work can visit the university’s recruitment page. Milwaukee is also home to several colleges, including Wisconsin Lutheran College. Average teaching salaries in Milwaukee for generally do not meet the region’s living wage estimates for a family of four, but a dual-income educator household can reasonable expect to meet any basic needs and have money left over to save for the future.

2Madison
  • 248,951
  • 104.9%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Teachers, College and University Professors
  • $53,470
  • [TBA]

Madison Metropolitan School District is the primary employer of educators in the region with 2,136 teachers delivering instruction to students in the district’s 54 schools.  Job opportunities with the district can be found on Madison School District employment page. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is the city’s largest employer of postsecondary educators in the city with over 3,000 instructors. Educators seeking employment at the university can find career opportunity’s on the institute’s recruitment page. Madison Area Technical College is another local option on the postsecondary side of the hiring spectrum. On average, K-12 educators’ wages fall below the region’s living wage requirements for a four-person household.

3Green Bay
  • 105,207
  • 94%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $54,786
  • [TBA]

Green Bay Area Public School District is the primary employer of educators in Green Bay where it operates 42 schools. Educators can find available job openings on the district’s employment page. The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is the main employer of postsecondary educators. Educators are welcome to apply for career opportunities on the university’s recruitment site. Among other colleges, college educators can also look for work at the local campus of Rasmussen College. To meet or exceed the local living wage, K-12 educators will likely need to be in a dual-income household.

4Kenosha
  • 99, 858
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $66,543
  • [TBA]

Kenosha School District is the major employer of teachers in Kenosha City with 1,351 classroom teachers working in its schools; opportunities for educators can be found on the school districts employment page. For postsecondary teaching, the University of Wisconsin-Parkside located in Kenosha is the city’s largest employer of teaching faculty. Job are posted on the institute’s careers site. Based on regional data, average annual salaries for public school teachers working in Kenosha falls slightly below the regional cost of living for the city.

5Racine City
  • 77,742
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $57,556
  • [TBA]

The primary governing body of public schooling in the region is Racine Unified School District, which operates a total of 35 schools and employs 1,417 teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Jobs are posted on the district’s recruitment page. There are no major colleges or universities in the city of Racine. Public School teachers working in Racine generally do not meet the living wage estimate for the region.

6Appleton
  • 74,139
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $51,680
  • [TBA]

The primary governing body of public schooling in the region is Appleton Area School District, which employs close to 1000 teachers at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Jobs are posted on the district’s recruitment page. Lawrence University and Fox Valley Technical College are the closest postsecondary employers. Public school teachers in Appleton generally make well below the region’s living wage estimates for a family.

7Waukesha
  • 71,970
  • 100.1%
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, College and University Professors
  • $59,593
  • [TBA]

The main employer of public school educators in the city is Waukesha School District employing 842 teachers across its 27 regional schools. Educators seeking employment can find opportunities on the school’s recruitment page. Carroll University located in Waukesha is the state’s oldest four-year postsecondary institution. Educators seeking opportunities at Carroll University can find teaching posts on the university’s careers site.  On the college side of the hiring spectrum, the best bet is Waukesha County Technical College. Average teaching salaries in Waukesha generally do not meet the region’s living wage estimate for a family of four.

8Oshkosh
  • 66,555
  • n/a
  • Elementary, Middle School and High School Educators, University Professors
  • $54,650
  • [TBA]

Oshkosh Area School District is the main facilitator of public schooling for elementary, middle and high school learners in Oshkosh and employs over 700 teachers. Educators looking for work can find opportunities on the school district’s careers page. For postsecondary teaching opportunities, the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh is the third largest university in the state and employs over 400 full-time faculty members. Openings are posted on the university’s employment page. Average pay for public school teachers in Oshkosh falls considerably below the region’s living wage, making dual-income educator households a necessity.

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