Highest and lowest paying education jobs in San Luis Obispo

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August 29, 2022
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in San Luis Obispo

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 San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 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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#14. Tutors

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $33,090
- #247 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#13. Preschool teachers, except special education

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,740
- #128 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 370

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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#12. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,770
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 840

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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#11. Self-enrichment teachers

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $44,440
- #135 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#10. Library technicians

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $50,110
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#9. Substitute teachers, short-term

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $50,580
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#8. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $60,680
- #168 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#7. Instructional coordinators

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,040
- #228 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 130

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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#6. Librarians and media collections specialists

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $66,760
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#5. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,180
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#4. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,740
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#3. Elementary school teachers, except special education

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $77,960
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 900

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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#2. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $88,420
- #23 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#1. Special education teachers, secondary school

San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA
- Annual mean salary: $97,700
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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