California is a big state with a diverse range of big cities and rural areas to find education jobs. If you prefer working by the sea, consider a teaching job or an administrative job in cities like San Francisco, Long Beach, or San Diego. If you prefer the forest, tuck yourself in among redwoods in Santa Cruz or Humboldt county. Education jobs in California are in demand all across the state, so you can work almost anywhere.
California Education Job Market
Los Angeles is the second largest public school district, after New York City, with over 650,000 students in attendance in any given year. Other large (but not nearly as large) districts in the state include San Diego, Long Beach, and Fresno. Elk Grove is a rapidly expanding district that is probably the best district for finding new education jobs in California.
If you'd rather work in postsecondary education, California has many four-year colleges and universities as well as community colleges. The state schools include 9 University of California (UC) schools and over 20 California State University (CSU) schools.
California also has the largest number of charter schools in the country, and the state is adding more schools faster than any other state.
Education Salaries in California
Palo Alto, CA has the highest wages in California for new teachers, starting them off at over $50,000 a year. These competitive wages, some of the highest for new teachers in the country, help to offset the cost of living near California's Silicon Valley. Public universities also offer good salaries to professors. UCLA is actually the best paying public university in the country.
California is also home to some of the best paying private universities. Professors at the California Institute of Technology, including full professors, associate professors, and assistant professors, handily make six-figure salaries. Then there's Stanford University, one of the most prestigious schools in the country, where full professors can make over $200,000 a year.