Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Phoenix

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March 6, 2021
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Phoenix

Whether you picture hard-working teachers buying school supplies for their students or genius professors shaping future leaders, it’s fair to say education encompasses a wide variety of jobs. So much so that there’s room to specialize and pursue your passion.

Historically, teachers’ pay is a rather contentious topic. The median annual salary across all teaching professions is $57,949—about $3,000 below the median annual salary of all working professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher. Despite this, many of these jobs are rewarding in more ways than one. In other words, education can be very lucrative—particularly within specialty fields.

Stacker compiled a list of the highest- and lowest-paying education jobs in Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2019 annual mean wage. Keep reading to discover the highest- and lowest-paying education jobs in your city.

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#30. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $26,640
- #187 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 17,530

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,640
- Employment: 1,346,910
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($41,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($41,430)
--- New Bedford, MA ($41,360)
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#29. Preschool teachers, except special education

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $32,060
- #170 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,730

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,650
- Employment: 431,350
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($55,430)
--- Laredo, TX ($50,350)
--- Waterbury, CT ($49,840)
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#28. Substitute teachers, short-term

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $32,480
- #111 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,460
- Employment: 587,120
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salisbury, MD-DE ($58,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($53,870)
--- Salinas, CA ($49,790)
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#27. Library technicians

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $33,910
- #147 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 670

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,950
- Employment: 88,720
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,980)
--- Iowa City, IA ($54,140)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($52,650)
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#26. Career/technical education teachers, middle school

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $35,700
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,900
- Employment: 11,860
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($126,110)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($95,660)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($90,480)
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#25. Archivists

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $39,520
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,500
- Employment: 6,560
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,730)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($80,200)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($73,490)
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#24. Museum technicians and conservators

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $40,110
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,030
- Employment: 13,190
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($68,320)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,900)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($63,240)
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#23. Self-enrichment teachers

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $45,200
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,740

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,120
- Employment: 252,780
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,570)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($65,340)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($64,710)
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#22. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $45,680
- #236 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,350

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,210
- Employment: 124,290
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($97,220)
--- Modesto, CA ($91,230)
--- Kingston, NY ($89,850)
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#21. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,130
- #296 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,520

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,550
- Employment: 622,330
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kingston, NY ($91,610)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,350)
--- El Centro, CA ($89,610)
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#20. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,600
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 16,030

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,930
- Employment: 1,430,480
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kingston, NY ($92,090)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($90,270)
--- Merced, CA ($89,910)
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#19. Special education teachers, middle school

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,640
- #178 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,740
- Employment: 85,840
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($86,410)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($85,440)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($85,340)
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#18. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,700
- #255 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,100

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,420
- Employment: 193,830
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($93,990)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,040)
--- Fresno, CA ($89,480)
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#17. Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and english as a second language instructors

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $47,960
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,980
- Employment: 51,950
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($94,920)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($92,360)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($90,000)
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#16. Special education teachers, preschool

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,630
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,060
- Employment: 22,340
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($93,100)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($92,990)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($85,050)
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#15. Special education teachers, secondary school

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $50,230
- #214 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,800

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,710
- Employment: 143,170
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($98,500)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($93,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,110)
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#14. Librarians and media collections specialists

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $51,690
- #263 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,920
- Employment: 135,690
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($89,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,390)
--- Merced, CA ($87,800)
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#13. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $52,740
- #252 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 12,300

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,930
- Employment: 1,035,850
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($97,680)
--- Fresno, CA ($93,410)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,350)
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#12. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $54,750
- #133 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,800
- Employment: 74,520
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($102,780)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,500)
--- New Haven, CT ($85,740)
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#11. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $54,810
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,000

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,420
- Employment: 112,210
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($92,930)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($90,500)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($89,100)
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Simon Fraser Universtiy // flickr

#10. Instructional coordinators

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $56,970
- #263 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,580

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,180
- Employment: 176,690
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($117,990)
--- New Haven, CT ($111,750)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($103,980)
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#9. Curators

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $57,590
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,130
- Employment: 12,890
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($82,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,640)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($76,200)
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#8. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $59,650
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 137,500
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($59,650)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($57,670)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($57,330)
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#7. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $74,940
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,220
- Employment: 94,060
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($119,250)
--- Rochester, NY ($114,810)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($112,520)
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#6. Education teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $77,660
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

National
- Annual mean salary: $74,560
- Employment: 61,300
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Rochester, NY ($108,450)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($107,300)
--- Toledo, OH ($106,940)
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#5. Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $78,730
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,970
- Employment: 23,490
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($155,290)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($134,000)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($133,610)
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#4. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $82,880
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,160
- Employment: 59,680
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($120,980)
--- Rochester, NY ($108,480)
--- New Haven, CT ($107,320)
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#3. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $96,200
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,700
- Employment: 53,090
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($143,420)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($142,610)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($140,810)
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#2. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $100,020
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,690
- Employment: 11,020
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($147,800)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($146,430)
--- Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, WI ($138,680)
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#1. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $153,200
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,260

National
- Annual mean salary: $121,620
- Employment: 201,920
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jacksonville, FL ($202,430)
--- Jackson, MS ($185,500)
--- Kalamazoo-Portage, MI ($184,130)

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