Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Raleigh

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

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 Raleigh, 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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#40. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $25,020
- #400 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,310

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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#39. Substitute teachers, short-term

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $28,200
- #304 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

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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#38. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $29,100
- #123 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#37. Preschool teachers, except special education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $31,060
- #352 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,060

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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#36. Library technicians

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $36,920
- #148 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 290

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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#35. Tutors

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $40,830
- #107 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 520

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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#34. Self-enrichment teachers

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $41,030
- #211 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,850

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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#33. Museum technicians and conservators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $44,670
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#32. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $51,440
- #282 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

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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#31. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $53,060
- #347 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,690

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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#30. Archivists

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,200
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $54,500
- #319 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,480

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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#28. Special education teachers, secondary school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $55,680
- #276 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#27. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,100
- #223 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 950

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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#26. Curators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,210
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 160

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $56,460
- #319 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,340

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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#24. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $58,080
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#23. Philosophy and religion teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,190
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#22. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,520
- #182 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 820

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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#21. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,430
- #162 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#20. Instructional coordinators

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $60,700
- #335 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,150

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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#19. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,610
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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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#18. Career/technical education teachers, middle school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $61,630
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,410
- Employment: 11,840
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($139,720)
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($97,750)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($93,790)
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#17. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,040
- #136 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#16. Special education teachers, middle school

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $62,360
- #117 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 490

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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#15. Special education teachers, preschool

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,350
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

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. Librarians and media collections specialists

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,990
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 610

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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#13. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,170
- #138 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,490
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 510

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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#11. History teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,890
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 30

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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#10. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $65,660
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 620

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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#9. Education teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,390
- #102 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#8. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,500
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#7. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $73,180
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $73,490
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $80,450
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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. Business teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $92,960
- #121 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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#3. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $99,050
- #35 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

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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#2. Health specialties teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $111,530
- #70 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 310

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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#1. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Raleigh, NC
- Annual mean salary: $117,300
- #21 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

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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