These are the best-paying cities for K-12 teachers

Large metro areas mean big paychecks for teachers, new data shows.

These are the best-paying cities for K-12 teachers

The folks responsible for educating our youth may enjoy a well-defined career track and three major benefits (June, July and August).

And though teaching is not necessarily known as a high-paying line of work, that may just all depend on where one teaches.

In some parts of the U.S., teachers are paid a lot better than in other areas. Per recent PayScale data, big cities can mean bigger paychecks.

See for yourself which cities pay its teachers the most.

 

1. New York, New York

New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school district in the U.S., serving 1.1 million students in more than 1,800 schools.

Population: 8,550,405

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $54,706

Cost of living compared to national average: 118% more than national average

Find all teaching jobs in New York on Monster.

 

2. Los Angeles, California

Second largest in the nation, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) enrolls more than 640,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade at more than 900 schools and 187 public charter schools. 

Population: 3,971,883

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $52,145

Cost of living compared to national average: 32% more than national average

Find all teaching jobs in Los Angeles on Monster.

 

3. Houston, Texas

The Houston Independent School District (HISD), ranked as the nation’s seventh largest district, employs 13,000 teachers in 288 schools, catering to more than 210,000 students.

Population: 2,296,224

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $50,877

Cost of living compared to national average: 1% less than national average

Find all teaching jobs in Houston on Monster.

 

4. Chicago, Illinois

Coming in as the nation’s third largest school district, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) serves more than 400,000 students in more than 600 schools.

Population: 2,720,546

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $50,223

Cost of living compared to national average: 17% more than national average

Find all teaching jobs in Chicago on Monster.

 

5. Dallas, Texas

The Dallas Independent School District (ISD) serves approximately 160,000 students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. With 227 schools, Dallas ISD employs more than 20,000 professionals.

Population: 1,300,092

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $49,831

Cost of living compared to national average: 4% less than national average

Find all teaching jobs in Dallas on Monster.

 

6. Atlanta, Georgia

Atlanta Public Schools (APS) is comprised of 98 learning sites, including two single-gender campuses and 17 charter schools. APS enrolls 51,046 students and employs 4,060 teachers.

Population: 463,878

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $45,568

Cost of living compared to national average: 2% less than national average

Find all teaching jobs in Atlanta on Monster.

 

7. Phoenix, Arizona

Phoenix is home to 325 public schools in 30 school districts—and that’s not including the 200 charter and private schools. The city’s largest school district, Paradise Valley Unified School District, enrolls 32,464 students.

Population: 1,563,025

Annual average salary for K-12 teacher: $39,195

Cost of living compared to national average: 4% less than national average

Find all teaching jobs in Phoenix on Monster.

 

However, as a teacher, you have the luxury of working anywhere.

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Population data from U.S. Census Bureau