Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Columbus

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March 6, 2021
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Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Columbus

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 median annual salary across all teaching professions is $57,949—about $3,000 below the median annual salary of all working professionals with a bachelor’s degree or higher. 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 Columbus, OH using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Jobs are ranked by 2019 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

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $30,250
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 7,040

National
- Annual mean salary: $29,640
- Employment: 1,346,910
- Entry level education requirements: Some college, no degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($41,810)
--- Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA ($41,430)
--- New Bedford, MA ($41,360)
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#39. Preschool teachers, except special education

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $31,050
- #192 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,590

National
- Annual mean salary: $34,650
- Employment: 431,350
- Entry level education requirements: Associate’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Vineland-Bridgeton, NJ ($55,430)
--- Laredo, TX ($50,350)
--- Waterbury, CT ($49,840)
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#38. Library technicians

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $32,690
- #172 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 580

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,950
- Employment: 88,720
- Entry level education requirements: Postsecondary nondegree award
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($58,980)
--- Iowa City, IA ($54,140)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($52,650)
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#37. Substitute teachers, short-term

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $34,690
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,780

National
- Annual mean salary: $32,460
- Employment: 587,120
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salisbury, MD-DE ($58,740)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($53,870)
--- Salinas, CA ($49,790)
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#36. Museum technicians and conservators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $42,460
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $48,030
- Employment: 13,190
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($68,320)
--- New Haven, CT ($63,900)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($63,240)
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#35. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $43,120
- #17 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $36,460
- Employment: 137,500
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, AZ ($59,650)
--- Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, WA ($57,670)
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($57,330)
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#34. Self-enrichment teachers

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $46,270
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,400

National
- Annual mean salary: $46,120
- Employment: 252,780
- Entry level education requirements: High school diploma or equivalent
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($65,570)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($65,340)
--- Fairbanks, AK ($64,710)
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#33. Archivists

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $49,460
- #26 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $57,500
- Employment: 6,560
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,730)
--- Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX ($80,200)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($73,490)
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#32. Adult basic education, adult secondary education, and english as a second language instructors

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $50,600
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,980
- Employment: 51,950
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($94,920)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($92,360)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($90,000)
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#31. Curators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $54,980
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

National
- Annual mean salary: $59,130
- Employment: 12,890
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Ann Arbor, MI ($82,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($81,640)
--- Albany-Schenectady-Troy, NY ($76,200)
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#30. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $55,290
- #132 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 460

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,210
- Employment: 124,290
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($97,220)
--- Modesto, CA ($91,230)
--- Kingston, NY ($89,850)
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#29. Librarians and media collections specialists

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $56,180
- #190 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $61,920
- Employment: 135,690
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($89,880)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($89,390)
--- Merced, CA ($87,800)
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#28. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $56,530
- #155 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,840

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,420
- Employment: 193,830
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Merced, CA ($93,990)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($92,040)
--- Fresno, CA ($89,480)
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#27. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $59,640
- #143 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,910

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,550
- Employment: 622,330
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kingston, NY ($91,610)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($91,350)
--- El Centro, CA ($89,610)
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#26. Instructional coordinators

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,430
- #153 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 990

National
- Annual mean salary: $69,180
- Employment: 176,690
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Jackson, MI ($117,990)
--- New Haven, CT ($111,750)
--- Warner Robins, GA ($103,980)
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#25. Special education teachers, middle school

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $65,490
- #58 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,740
- Employment: 85,840
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Worcester, MA-CT ($86,410)
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($85,440)
--- Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk, CT ($85,340)
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#24. Special education teachers, secondary school

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,310
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,370

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,710
- Employment: 143,170
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA ($98,500)
--- Vallejo-Fairfield, CA ($93,280)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,110)
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#23. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $66,400
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 10,470

National
- Annual mean salary: $63,930
- Employment: 1,430,480
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Kingston, NY ($92,090)
--- Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA ($90,270)
--- Merced, CA ($89,910)
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#22. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $68,150
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $72,980
- Employment: 14,070
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($141,190)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($138,130)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($102,150)
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#21. Secondary school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $68,270
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 8,380

National
- Annual mean salary: $65,930
- Employment: 1,035,850
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Bakersfield, CA ($97,680)
--- Fresno, CA ($93,410)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($93,350)
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#20. Special education teachers, preschool

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $69,140
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $67,060
- Employment: 22,340
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY-NJ-PA ($93,100)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($92,990)
--- Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro, OR-WA ($85,050)
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#19. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $71,570
- #22 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

National
- Annual mean salary: $73,720
- Employment: 15,880
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($132,460)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($101,230)
--- Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford, CT ($94,590)
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#18. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $72,330
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

National
- Annual mean salary: $60,420
- Employment: 112,210
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Salinas, CA ($92,930)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($90,500)
--- San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA ($89,100)
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#17. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $73,350
- #33 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $64,800
- Employment: 74,520
- Entry level education requirements: Bachelor’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($102,780)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($87,500)
--- New Haven, CT ($85,740)
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#16. Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $74,510
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,170
- Employment: 24,860
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($127,820)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($115,340)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($110,010)
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#15. Communications teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $75,280
- #36 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

National
- Annual mean salary: $79,830
- Employment: 29,120
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($139,590)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($128,640)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($124,400)
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#14. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $81,040
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,160
- Employment: 59,680
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($120,980)
--- Rochester, NY ($108,480)
--- New Haven, CT ($107,320)
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#13. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $83,600
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $80,180
- Employment: 67,930
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($138,190)
--- Fresno, CA ($128,540)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($121,070)
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#12. History teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $86,060
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 280

National
- Annual mean salary: $84,210
- Employment: 21,030
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Fresno, CA ($144,240)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($127,460)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($114,750)
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#11. Sociology teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $86,390
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $85,240
- Employment: 13,850
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($121,440)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($119,800)
--- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV ($118,900)
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#10. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $88,290
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 270

National
- Annual mean salary: $87,530
- Employment: 37,480
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($129,120)
--- Bakersfield, CA ($128,700)
--- Fresno, CA ($127,520)
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#9. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $89,100
- #31 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 100

National
- Annual mean salary: $102,290
- Employment: 15,750
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Boston-Cambridge-Nashua, MA-NH ($155,410)
--- Durham-Chapel Hill, NC ($142,680)
--- Providence-Warwick, RI-MA ($136,460)
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#8. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $90,270
- #28 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 410

National
- Annual mean salary: $86,330
- Employment: 51,150
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($143,390)
--- Fresno, CA ($127,330)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($124,750)
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#7. Anthropology and archeology teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $92,550
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $95,140
- Employment: 5,850
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($131,860)
--- Rochester, NY ($117,970)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($117,490)
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#6. Art, drama, and music teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $94,120
- #14 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 500

National
- Annual mean salary: $83,220
- Employment: 94,060
- Entry level education requirements: Master’s degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($119,250)
--- Rochester, NY ($114,810)
--- Provo-Orem, UT ($112,520)
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#5. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $97,200
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 750

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,700
- Employment: 53,090
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($143,420)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($142,610)
--- Norwich-New London-Westerly, CT-RI ($140,810)
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#4. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $102,510
- #16 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

National
- Annual mean salary: $92,650
- Employment: 21,380
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($137,130)
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($135,530)
--- Salt Lake City, UT ($132,340)
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#3. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $103,630
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 190

National
- Annual mean salary: $98,430
- Employment: 31,800
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($151,520)
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($149,560)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($142,520)
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#2. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $107,230
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $119,160
- Employment: 13,270
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($169,320)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($162,330)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($161,460)
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#1. Business teachers, postsecondary

Columbus, OH
- Annual mean salary: $112,660
- #34 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 440

National
- Annual mean salary: $105,440
- Employment: 83,920
- Entry level education requirements: Doctoral or professional degree
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- College Station-Bryan, TX ($177,360)
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($154,210)
--- Tuscaloosa, AL ($141,870)

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