Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Tucson

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August 29, 2022
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Tucson

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 average teacher salary is about $2,000 less than a decade ago after adjusting for inflation. 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 Tucson, AZ using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2021 annual mean wage. Keep reading to discover the highest and lowest paying education jobs in your city.

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#41. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $29,600
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,100

National
- Annual mean salary: $31,760
- Employment: 1,187,270
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($46,390)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($45,080)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($42,820)
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#40. Preschool teachers, except special education

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $32,170
- #297 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 391,670
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($49,990)
--- Ocean City, NJ ($49,720)
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($49,560)
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#39. Substitute teachers, short-term

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $33,800
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

National
- Annual mean salary: $38,410
- Employment: 374,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Prescott, AZ ($64,310)
--- Appleton, WI ($63,310)
--- Lakeland-Winter Haven, FL ($58,770)
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#38. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $37,880
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,170
- Employment: 121,290
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Arecibo, PR ($62,080)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($59,560)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($59,380)
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#37. Library technicians

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $37,890
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

National
- Annual mean salary: $39,070
- Employment: 73,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Olympia-Tumwater, WA ($61,740)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($59,950)
--- Napa, CA ($57,890)

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#36. Tutors

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $42,620
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $41,780
- Employment: 147,100
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Pittsfield, MA ($82,910)
--- Santa Fe, NM ($68,440)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($60,110)
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#35. Self-enrichment teachers

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $45,720
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

National
- Annual mean salary: $49,230
- Employment: 216,910
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($70,350)
--- Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, HI ($66,650)
--- Utica-Rome, NY ($63,470)
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#34. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,040
- #469 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

National
- Annual mean salary: $66,880
- Employment: 592,000
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($109,060)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($107,280)
--- Yuba City, CA ($94,480)
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#33. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,160
- #493 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,240

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,080
- Employment: 1,329,280
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,860)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($91,430)
--- Salinas, CA ($91,280)
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#32. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,260
- #496 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,530

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,530
- Employment: 1,020,240
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($104,010)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($101,980)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($97,490)

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#31. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $46,270
- #374 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 450

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,490
- Employment: 120,730
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($95,420)
--- Kingston, NY ($92,160)
--- Salinas, CA ($90,490)
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#30. Special education teachers, secondary school

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $47,670
- #401 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,100
- Employment: 145,690
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($110,320)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($106,590)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($103,540)
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#29. Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and english as a second language instructors

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,110
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,650
- Employment: 38,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($96,640)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,290)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,740)
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#28. Curators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,640
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,880
- Employment: 11,030
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($96,990)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($94,020)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($86,680)
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#27. Special education teachers, middle school

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,770
- #298 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,860
- Employment: 79,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($117,940)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($94,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($94,140)

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#26. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $48,790
- #390 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,090
- Employment: 187,070
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($102,210)
--- Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA ($92,730)
--- Chico, CA ($88,430)
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#25. Instructional coordinators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $49,600
- #452 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

National
- Annual mean salary: $70,560
- Employment: 184,740
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salem, OR ($93,890)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($93,760)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($91,430)
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#24. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $52,580
- #280 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $68,960
- Employment: 84,360
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($122,160)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($121,490)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($115,060)
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#23. Librarians and media collections specialists

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $53,220
- #312 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,180
- Employment: 127,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($94,230)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,990)
--- Kennewick-Richland, WA ($89,220)
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#22. Special education teachers, preschool

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $53,330
- #69 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $71,970
- Employment: 21,130
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($101,190)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($100,010)
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($97,900)

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#21. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $55,180
- #209 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,130
- Employment: 105,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Santa Rosa, CA ($116,850)
--- Champaign-Urbana, IL ($97,110)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($95,200)
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#20. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $66,450
- #122 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,240
- Employment: 94,720
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($180,910)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($160,360)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($151,060)
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#19. Farm and home management educators

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $66,600
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,040
- Employment: 10,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Roanoke, VA ($109,110)
--- Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC ($93,140)
--- Richmond, VA ($92,090)
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#18. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $71,010
- #92 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,680
- Employment: 58,480
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($162,660)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($145,980)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($132,320)
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#17. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $72,630
- #63 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $84,580
- Employment: 27,330
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,400)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($127,260)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($124,320)

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#16. Education teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $73,980
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $76,990
- Employment: 58,780
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($119,140)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($112,130)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($110,160)
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#15. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $74,080
- #115 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,040
- Employment: 68,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($146,700)
--- Charlottesville, VA ($109,450)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($109,310)
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#14. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $75,520
- #91 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,980
- Employment: 44,140
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($157,340)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($149,220)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($138,090)
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#13. History teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $78,170
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,460
- Employment: 18,590
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($148,420)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($129,020)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($126,560)
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#12. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $85,630
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $89,610
- Employment: 37,600
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($152,280)
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($145,360)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($144,170)

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#11. Geography teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $85,860
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,150
- Employment: 3,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($140,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($122,200)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($116,120)
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#10. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $85,990
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,390
- Employment: 36,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($141,130)
--- Iowa City, IA ($131,770)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($117,020)
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#9. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $91,420
- #62 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,710
- Employment: 47,690
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, AR ($181,560)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($166,470)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,140)
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#8. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $97,170
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,980
- Employment: 14,060
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($155,350)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($150,290)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($140,340)
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#7. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $99,890
- #19 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $94,060
- Employment: 20,260
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($140,550)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($136,870)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($135,160)

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#6. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $100,890
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

National
- Annual mean salary: $115,590
- Employment: 35,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($157,030)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($154,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($153,050)
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#5. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $101,930
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,840
- Employment: 10,250
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($152,120)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,790)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($147,770)
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#4. Business teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $107,500
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 200

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,720
- Employment: 79,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Auburn-Opelika, AL ($175,640)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($175,080)
--- Visalia-Porterville, CA ($154,600)
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#3. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $107,830
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

National
- Annual mean salary: $99,480
- Employment: 12,460
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($148,140)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($144,580)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($142,450)
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#2. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $133,000
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,100

National
- Annual mean salary: $133,310
- Employment: 191,830
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($226,440)
--- Jackson, MS ($202,690)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($183,250)

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#1. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Tucson, AZ
- Annual mean salary: $137,670
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,090
- Employment: 11,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($180,550)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($180,490)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($172,600)

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