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Find a California Teaching Job

There is a general shortage of teachers, although specific teaching vacancies vary by rural or urban districts. The suggestions and resources listed can assist teachers in finding jobs where desired while creating a strong professional marketability for the future.

  • Decide where to live and have acceptable alternatives. Welcome to CaliforniaIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site, an official California Tourism Web site, provides information on great California locations to live and work.
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  • Research the salaries and benefits that some school districts offer.

    As a new teacher, your salary will be at the beginning of the salary scale. One thing to keep in mind is each school district sets its' own salary scale and benefits while the cost of living varies throughout the state. Generally salaries are based on experience and college units completed. Some districts pay bonuses for advanced degrees or extra duty.

    Statewide Average SalariesIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site for the most recent school year provided by the California Department of Education.

    SalariesIcon indicating a URL to an external Web site — California's Employment Development Department details occupational wages, by region and year. Teachers' salaries can be found by looking at the occupation codes (step #6) in the 252000 range.

    Benefits — A nine month school year. Some districts have year round classes where teachers work for 45 days followed by 15 days off, repeated throughout the year.

    Public schools provide benefits which vary by district.

    • Health insurance
    • Leave
    • Retirement and other benefits
    • Special incentives for teachers include bonuses, mortgage assistance and tax breaks.
It is difficult to predict what types of credentials are needed by which school districts, but there are ways to increase your potential for finding a job.