Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Santa Maria

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August 29, 2022
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Santa Maria

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 Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, 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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#17. Tutors

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $37,930
- #154 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 630

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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#16. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $39,720
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,430

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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#15. Preschool teachers, except special education

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $40,060
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#14. Substitute teachers, short-term

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $41,390
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 530

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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#13. Self-enrichment teachers

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $45,620
- #116 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

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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#12. Library technicians

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $50,690
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#11. Museum technicians and conservators

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $55,430
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $52,030
- Employment: 10,960
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($79,670)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($73,740)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($68,180)
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#10. Curators

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $65,090
- #30 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#9. Instructional coordinators

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,590
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#8. Librarians and media collections specialists

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $78,960
- #13 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#7. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $82,300
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#6. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,700
- #15 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#5. Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and english as a second language instructors

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $84,830
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#4. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $87,200
- #11 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,790

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

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $87,630
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 350

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

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $92,740
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,180

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. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA
- Annual mean salary: $103,300
- #10 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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