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Learn more about average salaries, cost of living, and expenses in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.


Starting salaries range from $53,000-$60,000 for teachers in the Dallas-Fort Worth region.


All of our partner schools offer comprehensive benefits packages, with multiple medical plans to choose from, retirement plans available, and flexible spending and health savings accounts. The cost for benefits varies based on individual needs and enrollment. 

Moving Costs

Average deposit may be up to the cost of your first month's rent, which may range from $1000-$2000. This does not usually include utilities

Rent & Utilities

On average:

  • $1000-1800 one-bedroom
    $1800-3000 two-bedroom

Living Expenses

Living expenses in Dallas-Fort Worth vary based on your neighborhood, the length of your commute, and other factors. Use the numbers below as a general guideline.

  • Food: $100/week for groceries; $15/meal dining out 
  • Transportation: $300-$600 for car payment and insurance 
  • Utilities (cable, WiFi, water, electricity): $120

Housing Assistance 

Smart City Apartment Locating is a preferred partner of Teach For America Dallas-Fort Worth to help those in our network find regional housing. 


Access to a car is required.