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Learn more about average salaries, cost of living, and expenses in the D.C. Region.


Salaries range from $45,000 to $52,000 for new teachers in the D.C. Region. Corps members are independently hired by local schools or districts. They are responsible for obtaining certification and employment and are not paid by TFA.

  • Monthly Pre-Tax Salary: $3,750
  • Taxes: $500
  • Health Insurance: $150
  • Monthly Take Home Pay: $3,100


  • 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

  • Moving Costs: $500-1,000
  • Deposit: $1,100-1,650

Rent & Utilities

  • Single: $1,650
  • Shared: $1,100-1,350

Living Expenses

Your living expenses will vary based on where you live, but will include food, transportation, utilities, and health insurance. Here's an estimate of some costs:  

  • Phone, Internet, Utilities: $130
  • Transportation: $100-$200


  • Having a car in the D.C. Region is strongly recommended. While public transportation is a great option, corps members teaching in Prince George’s County are required to have a car to get around.