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High School Teachers in California

Want to work in California as a High School Teacher? Read this first!

7.1% Jobs Projection
$82,670 Median Salary
8,260 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for High School Teachers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for High School Teachers in California is growing faster than average.

  • High School Teachers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many High School Teachers Work in California?

112,960 people worked as High School Teachers in 2018 in this state.

There were 107,680 High School Teachers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 5,280 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


The typical state has 13,930 High School Teachers working in it, which means California has more High School Teachers than average.


Job Projections for California

Jobs for High School Teachers in this state are growing at a rate of 7.1% which is slower than the nationwide estimated projection of 7.5%.


California Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates 8,260 annual job openings, and a total of 114,200 jobs for California High School Teachers in 2026.

Nationwide, the prediction is 79,500 annual jobs and 1,095,500 total jobs in 2026.

What do High School Teachers Make in California?

In 2018 wages for High School Teachers ranged from $51,970 to $110,140 with $82,670 being the median annual salary.

The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top California Metros for High School Teachers

The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most High School Teachers.

Metro Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA 41,490 $83,610
San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA 12,150 $84,310
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA 11,640 $84,490
San Diego-Carlsbad, CA 10,570 $80,640
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 6,550 $86,740
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 6,480 $81,440
Fresno, CA 3,250 $74,100
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 3,150 $74,750
Bakersfield, CA 2,270 $104,490
Modesto, CA 1,570 $80,070
Visalia-Porterville, CA 1,180 $74,150
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 1,030 $65,850
Santa Rosa, CA 880 $76,550
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 770 $78,150
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 690 $79,270
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 640 $71,150
El Centro, CA 540 $83,190
Hanford-Corcoran, CA 430 $85,790

Top States for High School Teachers Employment

View the list below to see where most High School Teachers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
California 112,960 $82,670
Texas 110,420 $57,800
New York 74,830 $81,290
Ohio 52,240 $61,740
Pennsylvania 50,460 $62,990
Florida 47,960 $52,120
Illinois 43,720 $67,680
New Jersey 29,140 $74,700
Missouri 27,930 $48,170
Georgia 27,620 $57,430
Virginia 26,830 $63,990
Massachusetts 26,420 $77,830
North Carolina 25,240 $46,760
Michigan 24,130 $62,040
Minnesota 20,940 $61,570
Tennessee 20,190 $52,020
Wisconsin 20,070 $56,700
Indiana 19,690 $50,420
Maryland 19,330 $71,170
Arizona 17,200 $46,940

Below are the states where High School Teachers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
California $82,670
New York $81,290
Massachusetts $77,830
Connecticut $76,770
Alaska $75,780
New Jersey $74,700
Rhode Island $73,460
Oregon $71,910
Maryland $71,170
Washington $68,740

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