Whether you're looking for a place to start a new teaching career or a place to settle down as your working years come to a close, Florida has a lot to offer those working in education. This is one of the best states to find work as an experienced teacher, with salaries going up almost 50 percent to about $60,000 a year if you have over 20 years of experience. When you're done with work, you can retire to beautiful beaches and sunshine. If you prefer to work from home, Florida has lots of online education jobs, too.
Florida Education Job Market
Many of America's fastest growing school districts are in the South , and Florida is no exception to this rule. Their fastest growing district is Flagler County Public Schools, which is also one of the top 10 fastest growing districts in the country. Another, and more surprising, place where student enrollment is increasing is in Florida's virtual school system, FLVS, which allows students and teachers to work entirely online.
There are also a lot of postsecondary education jobs in Florida. Around 30 private universities in the state are part of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida (ICUF), which employs thousands of professors and administrators. There are also 12 public universities in the State University System of Florida and 28 community colleges in the Florida College System.
Education Salaries in Florida
Teachers in Florida can expect to make about $40,000 a year working in big cities like Miami and Orlando. The top-paying district for new teachers in Florida is Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Factors that increase salary include math skills and skills with Microsoft Office. Your salary rises sharply once you have 10 years of teaching experience under your belt. Close to 90 percent of teachers in Orlando receive medical benefits.