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


Salaries range from $51,000 to $53,000 for new teachers in Houston. Corps members are independently hired by local schools or districts. They are responsible for obtaining certification and employment and are not paid by Teach For America. 

Here is a monthly salary break-down: 

Monthly Pre-Tax Salary: $4,250
Taxes: $885
Health Insurance: $200
Monthly Take Home Pay: $3,165


The average benefits of schools in this region include:

  • 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
  • Gym membership: Free gym membership is available during your two-year commitment through our current partnership with the YMCA

Moving Costs

  • Average Deposit: $850
  • Moving costs: $900

Rent & Utilities

  • $975 Single
  • $1,350 Shared

Living Expenses

Additional living expenses to consider include:

  • Food
  • Transportation
  • Health insurance
  • Utilities
  • Gas/Car insurance


A driver’s license and car are required to live in Houston. It is essential to your success that you are able to get around the city quickly and easily.