Highest and lowest paying education jobs in Richmond

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

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 Richmond, VA 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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#38. Teaching assistants, except postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $28,650
- #251 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,050

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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#37. Substitute teachers, short-term

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $30,800
- #250 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 1,720

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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#36. Library technicians

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $33,660
- #213 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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. Teaching assistants, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $35,730
- #79 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#34. Museum technicians and conservators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $36,530
- #51 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 120

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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#33. Self-enrichment teachers

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $40,920
- #212 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 790

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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#32. Tutors

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $47,950
- #27 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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#31. Career/technical education teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $49,750
- #289 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

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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#30. Special education teachers, middle school

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $50,520
- #285 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 380

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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#29. Elementary school teachers, except special education

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $53,840
- #333 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 4,670

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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#28. Special education teachers, preschool

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $55,050
- #67 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#27. Archivists

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $55,160
- #24 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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#26. Middle school teachers, except special and career/technical education

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $55,520
- #291 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 2,780

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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#25. Special education teachers, secondary school

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $56,030
- #270 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 940

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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#24. Career/technical education teachers, middle school

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $58,080
- #41 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 40

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

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $58,230
- #72 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 210

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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#22. Career/technical education teachers, secondary school

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $58,970
- #184 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 430

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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#21. Librarians and media collections specialists

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $59,750
- #164 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 690

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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#20. Criminal justice and law enforcement teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $62,100
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#19. Curators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $67,140
- #27 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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#18. English language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $68,910
- #108 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 250

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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#17. Instructional coordinators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $69,670
- #161 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 970

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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#16. Foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $71,140
- #55 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 80

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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#15. Education teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $72,960
- #65 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 320

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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#14. Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $75,920
- #100 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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#13. Mathematical science teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $77,120
- #84 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 230

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. History teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $79,450
- #50 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#11. Computer science teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $82,990
- #85 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 240

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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#10. Psychology teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $84,120
- #64 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 220

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. Sociology teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $87,780
- #32 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 70

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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#8. Farm and home management educators

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $92,090
- #3 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 50

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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#7. Area, ethnic, and cultural studies teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $92,890
- #9 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: data not available

National
- Annual mean salary: $91,680
- Employment: 9,040
- Metros with highest average pay:
--- Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA ($160,290)
--- San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA ($137,790)
--- San Diego-Carlsbad, CA ($119,510)
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#6. Political science teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $94,410
- #25 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 150

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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#5. Chemistry teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $94,540
- #29 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 300

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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#4. Biological science teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $98,200
- #37 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 470

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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#3. Physics teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $101,280
- #24 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 90

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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#2. Business teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $106,130
- #61 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 550

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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#1. Economics teachers, postsecondary

Richmond, VA
- Annual mean salary: $135,440
- #12 highest pay among all metros
- Employment: 60

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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