Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Norfolk

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

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 Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-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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#42. Substitute teachers, short-term

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $30,860
- #248 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#41. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $32,520
- #131 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 5,880

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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#40. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $33,440
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#39. Tutors

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $33,660
- #235 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 260

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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#38. Museum technicians and conservators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $38,370
- #45 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#37. Library technicians

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $39,690
- #103 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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. Self-enrichment teachers

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $41,660
- #193 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 870

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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#35. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $46,510
- #316 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 700

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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#34. Curators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $59,820
- #44 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#33. Recreation and fitness studies teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $63,600
- #52 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,720
- #39 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#31. Special education teachers, preschool

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $64,810
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 140

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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#30. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,130
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#29. Librarians and media collections specialists

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,160
- #80 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 860

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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#28. Kindergarten teachers, except special education

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,520
- #94 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 980

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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#27. Career/technical education teachers, middle school

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $66,580
- #29 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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#26. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,120
- #114 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 6,650

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $68,680
- #101 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 3,350

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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#24. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $69,670
- #121 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,030
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,810

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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#22. Special education teachers, secondary school

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,080
- #82 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,000

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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#21. Sociology teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $70,830
- #54 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#20. Special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,380
- #73 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,440

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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#19. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $71,880
- #87 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#18. Education teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $72,620
- #71 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#17. Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $73,100
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 180

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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#16. Special education teachers, middle school

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $73,200
- #53 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,070

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. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $73,890
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 680

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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#14. Instructional coordinators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $74,220
- #88 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,120

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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#13. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $74,240
- #99 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#12. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $75,060
- #106 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#11. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $80,290
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#10. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $80,410
- #86 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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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#9. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $81,820
- #93 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 420

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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#8. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $81,840
- #43 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 110

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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#7. History teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $82,850
- #42 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 170

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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#6. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $90,880
- #40 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#5. Farm and home management educators

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $93,140
- #2 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

National
- Annual mean salary: $58,040
- Employment: 10,620
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Roanoke, VA ($109,110)
--- Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC ($93,140)
--- Richmond, VA ($92,090)
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#4. Engineering teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $95,400
- #57 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#3. Business teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $95,850
- #110 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 390

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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#2. Atmospheric, earth, marine, and space sciences teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $99,540
- #20 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#1. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC
- Annual mean salary: $107,020
- #38 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

National
- Annual mean salary: $124,090
- Employment: 11,790
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Sacramento--Roseville--Arden-Arcade, CA ($180,550)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($180,490)
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($172,600)

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