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


Salaries range from $40,000 - $52,000 for new teachers in Colorado. Corps members are independently hired by local schools or districts. They are responsible for obtaining certification and employment and are not paid directly by Teach For America. 


While benefits are managed by the school or districts in which corps members are hired, benefits typically offered to corps members include:

  • Health Benefits
  • Medical, dental, and vision care
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Employee assistance and wellness programs
  • Family-planning services
  • Vaccinations
  • Life Insurance
  • Retirement benefits 

Moving Costs 

Moving costs will vary depending on where you are moving from and to which part of Colorado you are moving. The average deposit is first and last month's rent. 

Rent + Utilities

Similarly, rent and utilities will vary across Colorado Springs, Denver, and Pueblo. 

  • Rent for a single resident can range from $1,400 -  $2,400 
  • Rent for a shared resident can range from  $800 - $1,400

Living Expenses

Living expenses vary across all three placement communities, but typically include student loan payments, car payments, food, child and/or pet care, gas and car insurance, rent and utilities, and internet/phone/television. Corps members report being able to live comfortably off the salaries provided by our school partners, but it is still essential that you budget for your unique expenses and needs.

Housing Assistance 

Each corps member has the freedom and flexibility to determine the best living arrangement based on their individual needs and preferences.


The public transportation system in Colorado is growing, and includes buses and a light rail system that connect many cities across the front range to the capitol city, making it easy for corps members to partake in many of the cultural experiences across Colorado. However, a car is required for all placement communities, as the public transportation is not extensive enough to allow for easy commuting to schools.