Salaries of 10 Jobs in the Education Space

Have you always been passionate about pursuing a career in education? There are many different roles that come with nice paychecks for you to explore in this realm.

Using Salary.com data, we provided the average salaries of 10 in-demand jobs in the education space. We also provided job description summaries so you can determine if your skillset matches up:

1) High School Teacher

Average salary: $59,639

What you’ll do: Prepare lesson plans, instruct adolescents, and evaluate and monitor student performance. This role requires a bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area, and some states require that teachers be certified.

*Note: Average salary figures represent teachers with 15 years of experience. Standard geographic adjustments utilized also may not fully reflect regional differences in pay.

2) Elementary School Teacher

Average salary: $57,196

What you’ll do: Prepare lesson plans, instruct children, and evaluate and monitor student performance. This role requires a bachelor's degree and 2-4 years of experience in the field or in a related area, and some states require that teachers be certified.

*Note: Average salary figures represent teachers with 15 years of experience. Standard geographic adjustments utilized also may not fully reflect regional differences in pay.

3) School Nurse

Average salary: $48,927

What you’ll do: Administer nursing care under the guidelines of a school system. This person participates in the implementation and evaluation of student care, and ensures the health, comfort and safety of students. This role typically requires an associate’s degree in nursing, as well as a state nursing licensure and educational credential.

4) School Superintendent

Average salary: $157,035

What you’ll do: Direct and manage a school district, as well as oversee all aspects of the district's operational policies, objectives, and initiatives. This role is responsible for the attainment of short- and long-term financial and operational goals for the school system. This role requires a bachelor's degree, and may require a master's degree.

5) Teacher Aide

Average salary: $22,297

What you’ll do: Provide assistance to classroom teacher in preparing lesson plans and instructing students. This person also evaluates and monitors student performance. This role may require a bachelor's degree in area of specialty and 0-2 years of experience in the field or in a related area.

6) School Bus Driver

Average salary: $33,267

What you’ll do: Drive a bus intended for school activities and transport students to and from school and designated locations. This role may require a high school diploma or its equivalent, and requires a valid driver’s license.

7) School Principal

Average salary: $104,049

What you’ll do: Direct and oversee education and teaching programs for an assigned school. This person’s responsibilities include developing curriculum, staffing departments, reviewing faculty performance, and creating an atmosphere conducive to scholarly pursuits. They also ensure all school activities are within budgetary guidelines. This role requires a bachelor's degree, and may require a master's degree.

8) Dean of Business  

Average salary: $170,579

What you’ll do: Manage administrative functions of the college of business. This person also develops college strategic initiatives and participates in university long-term planning and policy setting. This role requires an advanced degree.

9) Special Education Teacher

Average salary: $54,305

What you’ll do: Instruct special education students in a classroom setting. This person prepares lesson plans and instructional materials designed to meet the needs of individual students. They also evaluate and monitor student performance and may implement therapeutic programs for students. This role requires a bachelor's degree.

10) College Professor - Mathematics

Average salary: $98,212

What you’ll do: Teach courses in the discipline area of mathematics and statistics. This person also develops and designs curriculum plans to foster student learning, stimulate class discussions, and ensure student engagement. This role requires a PhD or terminal degree appropriate to the field.


*Our salary data is constantly updated. Please use of Salary Wizard for the most recent salary projections.

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