Education is one of the most in-demand careers in today’s job market. As automation and outsourcing stake their respective claims in many relevant industries, specialization is becoming more rare and valuable. This is one of the main reasons why there always seems to be a high demand for jobs related to educating people and developing expertise. With that in min, here are 10 of the highest-paying education-related jobs available today.
Post-secondary Law Teacher – Average Annual Salary: $108,760
And that’s just the average – the top 10% highest paid post-secondary law teachers in the country earn approximately $187,199 or more on a yearly basis. Meanwhile, for most law instructors who teach at colleges and universities, the average annual salary is around $110,920. The state of Tennessee currently offers the highest average wage for this profession, while Texas offers the highest level of employment.
Post-secondary Health Teacher – Average Annual Salary: $99,210
Forbes reports that the highest-paid 10% of professionals in this position can also earn upwards of $187,199. While the highest-paying state for health specialties teachers is New Mexico, Texas remains on top in terms of number of teachers employed. Currently, this includes teachers in the fields of dentistry, medicine, pharmacy, public health, laboratory technology, therapy, and veterinary medicine.
Post-secondary Engineering Teacher – Average Annual Salary: $97,260
Meanwhile, for the highest-paid 10%, the average goes up to a whopping $153,030 or more. Take a teaching job in a college or university and you can earn around $99,960. But if you find employment in Pennsylvania, your annual earnings could amount to $115,740.
Post-secondary Economics Teachers – Average Annual Salary: $94,450
Out of the 13,300 post-secondary economics teachers in the country, the highest-paid 10% earn an impressive $153,640 on a yearly basis. In order to make the six-figure mark, you can teach economics in Rhode Island where the annual salary is $129,040.
School Principal – Average Annual Salary: $86,970
Being a school principal entails dealing with daily administrative tasks essential to running an elementary, middle, or high school. It may require less specialization than the above-listed jobs, but it also requires a lot more social and management skills, as you’ll need to be able to handle the multiple sides of running a school.
Post-secondary Education Administrator – Average Annual Salary: $83,710
This job is an administrative/supervisory position in colleges and universities. You’ll be put in charge of admissions, registrar duties, student services, and specific responsibilities if you’re assigned to specialist colleges or academic departments. College deans, provosts, assistant deans, athletics administrators, and heads of research are all considered post-secondary education administrators. Maryville University in their feature on working in higher education administration state that it is one of the job markets that has experienced the greatest growth. This makes it attractive for those looking for a career in education.
Marine Biologist – Average Annual Salary: $65,000
Science teachers specializing in marine biology and other similar earth sciences are included in this category. Here on the Education Career Blog we have discussed this before, that high-paying and highly-rewarding jobs are perfect for animal/nature lovers who want to make a positive impact in the world.
Instructional Coordinator – Average Annual Salary: $58,830
To be more specific, instructional coordinators who work for colleges and universities annually earn $52,350, while those who work for elementary, middle school, or high school institutions can earn upwards of $65,210. The good news is that there are plenty of employment prospects for this particular job, especially with the federal government’s increasing concern for improving teacher effectiveness at all levels.
Culinary Arts Teacher – Average Annual Salary: $45,950
The highest chef salaries can be earned in high-end hotels, resorts, and restaurants. However, teaching in culinary institutions can potentially get you on the same salary level. This is ideal for those with a culinary education who want to pass on their skills rather than work in professional kitchen.
Language Teacher – Average Annual Salary Depends on Language and Location
Due to the various factors involved in teaching a language, it’s hard to determine an average annual salary for language teachers. However, a lot of these opportunities can be done alongside other full-time jobs, and some even offer travel opportunities. English is one of the most popular languages that people want to learn. There’s certainly no shortage of job opportunities for competent language teachers both here in the U.S. or around the world.
By: Jackie Bennett