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Learn more about average salaries, cost of living, and expenses in the Bay Area region.


Salaries range from  $47,000-$60,000 for new teachers in the Bay Area. Corps members are independently hired by local schools or districts. They are responsible for financing certification and securing employment and are not paid by Teach For America. 

  • Monthly Pre-Tax Salary: $3,900
  • Taxes: $900
  • Health Insurance: $200
  • Monthly Take Home Pay: $2,800


Average benefits of schools in this region:

  • Health benefits
  • Medical, dental, and vision care
  • Referral-free access to doctors
  • Routine preventative care
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee assistance and wellness programs
  • Family-planning services
  • Vaccinations (e.g., flu shots)
  • Life insurance
  • Retirement benefits

Moving Costs

Housing costs for first year of teaching (securing first and last month’s rent and security deposit): $3,000-$5000

Moving costs: $0-$1,000

Rent & Utilities

  • Rent (Single): $1,300-$2,500
  • Rent (Shared): $700-$1,300
  • Phone, Internet, and Utilities: $75-$250

Living Expenses

  • Transportation (Transit Pass): $0-$80
  • Transportation (Car): $125-$400
  • Food: $300-$500
  • Gas/Insurance: $120-$250


Most corps members find that a car is required to get around, especially in Oakland, Richmond, and San Jose/South Bay.