Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Durham

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

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 Durham-Chapel Hill, NC 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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#25. Substitute teachers, short-term

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $24,960
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 660

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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#24. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $27,610
- #287 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,620

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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#23. Preschool teachers, except special education

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,480
- #376 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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#22. Museum technicians and conservators

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#21. Self-enrichment teachers

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $37,160
- #307 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#20. Tutors

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $42,430
- #81 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 540

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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#19. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,230
- #408 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,210

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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#18. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,260
- #289 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

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

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,340
- #349 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,100

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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#16. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,940
- #273 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#15. Special education teachers, preschool

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,000
- #68 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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#14. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,410
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,580

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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#13. Special education teachers, secondary school

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,920
- #272 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#12. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,310
- #204 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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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#11. Special education teachers, middle school

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,610
- #173 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $57,690
- #76 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 330

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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#9. Curators

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,120
- #49 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#8. Instructional coordinators

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,450
- #324 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 600

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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#7. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,670
- #48 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

National
- Annual mean salary: $81,730
- Employment: 13,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($161,540)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($152,830)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($132,020)
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#6. Librarians and media collections specialists

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,260
- #56 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,910
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#4. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $83,410
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#3. Education teachers, postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $84,010
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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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#2. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $91,000
- #18 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#1. Business teachers, postsecondary

Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
- Annual mean salary: $139,800
- #8 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

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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