Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Topeka

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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Topeka

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 Topeka, KS 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. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $28,740
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,540

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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#16. Substitute teachers, short-term

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $29,090
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#15. Tutors

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $31,360
- #277 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#14. Library technicians

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $39,300
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#13. Preschool teachers, except special education

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $42,200
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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. Self-enrichment teachers

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $45,430
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $53,910
- #383 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 650

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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#10. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,400
- #272 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,240

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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#9. Special education teachers, preschool

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $57,800
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#8. Librarians and media collections specialists

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $61,270
- #130 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,320
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $62,920
- #159 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 480

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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#5. Special education teachers, middle school

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $63,140
- #105 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#4. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $63,340
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $65,420
- #118 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#2. Special education teachers, secondary school

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $66,930
- #104 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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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#1. Instructional coordinators

Topeka, KS
- Annual mean salary: $70,410
- #152 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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