Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Ann Arbor

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August 29, 2022
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Ann Arbor

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 Ann Arbor, MI 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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#42. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $30,940
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,660

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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#41. Tutors

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $31,200
- #279 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,350

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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#40. Museum technicians and conservators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $34,540
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#39. Self-enrichment teachers

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $38,610
- #269 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#38. Preschool teachers, except special education

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $40,600
- #59 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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#37. Library technicians

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $42,010
- #76 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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#36. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $43,860
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 11,110

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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#35. Substitute teachers, short-term

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $45,690
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $62,250
- #176 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $63,750
- #180 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 760

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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#32. Special education teachers, secondary school

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,140
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#31. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $65,990
- #109 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#30. Instructional coordinators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $67,870
- #197 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#29. Curators

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,310
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#28. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $68,400
- #113 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,110

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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#27. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $75,560
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#26. Librarians and media collections specialists

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $75,990
- #20 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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#25. Archivists

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $79,270
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,880
- Employment: 6,120
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($84,080)
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($79,270)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($75,800)
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#24. Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $82,770
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $82,990
- Employment: 19,640
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($149,170)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($130,560)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($129,250)
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#23. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $94,840
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#22. Education teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $95,560
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#21. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $97,580
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#20. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $98,700
- #11 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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#19. Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $99,150
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $88,260
- Employment: 20,850
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($147,650)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($129,190)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($127,730)
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#18. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $102,490
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#17. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $105,050
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,080
- Employment: 13,860
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($136,830)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($123,660)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($121,590)
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#16. Social work teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $112,000
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $77,650
- Employment: 12,280
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($112,000)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($106,460)
--- Scranton--Wilkes-Barre--Hazleton, PA ($96,040)
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#15. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $112,270
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#14. History teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $112,640
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#13. Sociology teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $116,460
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,850
- Employment: 12,550
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($143,100)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($139,630)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($119,830)

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#12. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $117,020
- #3 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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#11. Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $118,870
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,110
- Employment: 5,010
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($137,640)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($130,530)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($128,760)
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#10. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $118,890
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#9. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $121,010
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#8. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $121,590
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#7. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $121,710
- #7 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $126,640
- #11 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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#5. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $129,810
- #6 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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#4. Environmental science teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $133,560
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,210
- Employment: 5,440
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($133,560)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($126,820)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($120,840)
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#3. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $155,350
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#2. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $157,030
- #1 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#1. Business teachers, postsecondary

Ann Arbor, MI
- Annual mean salary: $175,080
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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