Top 10 Highest Paying Teaching Jobs

If you are considering a career in the field of education, you should be aware of the fact that it is not going to be an easy task. It is not a career that one should pursue solely for monetary reasons, even though it is a very important reason. Each person considering a career in education should get informed about the high and low paying jobs in this field.

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Post-secondary teaching jobs, at universities and other institutions of higher education, pay the most. A person has to have a relevant MA (Master of Arts) or a PhD degree in order to pursue this career path. Apart from that, a good publishing record of relevant research shown in a person’s CV is highly valuated. CV is a representation of yourself and your achievements to a potential employer, so it needs to be written in a clear and professional way- Professional CV means great job opportunities. 

Here is a quick guide to the highest paying teaching jobs today:

1. Head of High-Level Quality Universities

By “head” we mean a president, a provost or a chancellor of an institution of higher education, which depends on an institution’s size. This position is one of the highest paying jobs in education, and it requires:

  • PhD degree 
  • Excellence in academic research in order to conduct a quality academic leadership

Salaries can go up to $100,000 in small institutions and over $2 million for those individuals who contribute to the institution’s growth in terms of an overall growing capital.

2. School Chief Administrator

A person has to be an expert when it comes to budgeting, managing the staff, including teachers, and developing school and student achievements. 


  • PhD degree 
  • Years of relevant experience 

This job pays around $130,000 on the low per year.

3. Health Specializations Professor

The requirements for this position are very demanding, and they include:

• A degree in medicine/PhD in relevant field of specialization

• Years of on-hand practice

• Years of instructional experience

The pay for this popular and growing job position ranges around $103,000.

4. Law Professor

If you want to go down this career path, you should obtain:

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  • PhD in the field
  • Years of practice 
  • Years of teaching experience 

The lowest pay for this job is around $100,000 in larger institutions. It is a highly competitive market.

5. Engineering Professor

This position requires:

  • Master’s degree for teaching engineering principles in an institution of higher education 
  • Experience in research 
  • Participation in research projects

The salary can go up to $100,000 in larger institutions.

6. Academic Dean

This job position involves the role of the head of a postsecondary institution, and it entails:

  • Certain level of expertise in a specialized field 
  • Master’s or PhD degree
  • Experience in tenured professorship

The average salary for this position is around $80,000 per year. 

7. Economics Instructor

As an economics instructor, a person is an expert in the theories of everything related to economy. He/she can participate in research and in delivering high quality content during teaching. Requirements for this job:

  • Master’s degree in Economics or a closely related field

On average, the pay can go up to $89,000 per year. 

8. Counselor (Registrar/Financial Aid)

This is a position of a front-office staff, where a person employed delivers information to students about enrolment and the admission process, and a lot of paperwork is usually involved. Requirements for this job include:

  • College courses in either banking, finance or accounting
  • 3-5 years of experience working sales or financial services environment

The highest compensation for this position is usually around $90,000.

9. School Principal

The person at this position oversees daily operations and activities of one school. He/she works closely with the teaching staff, parents and their community in order to build a safe learning environment. Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in education field
  • Years of classroom experience
  • Academic leadership

The salary ranges from $80,000 to $120,000.

10. Assistant to The Principal

Next in line is an assistant to the principal, a job where the employee is attached to one school only, and he/she cooperates closely with school principals, performing administrative duties, promoting the excellence of the school and its students. Qualifications needed for this job:

  • Master’s degree
  • Some experience in the classroom

The pay for this position is around $70,000 per year.

Now, you have all the information to make a decision about following a career path in the field of education, including the benefits proposed by these job positions. Nevertheless, bear in mind that these kinds of jobs cannot be pursued only with the desire to make money. A person also has to have a good reason to start their career in education. Whether it is the passion for the job itself, or the love for children, you have to find a reason that is important to you, the reason that you will be comfortable with, even if the job gets tough.

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