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


Salaries range from $50,000 to $60,000 for new teachers in New Jersey. 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.


Contracts can differ between schools, but these benefits are typically offered:

  • Health benefits
  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Vaccinations
  • Life insurance

Moving Costs

Moving costs will vary greatly based on distance and location.  

Rent & Utilities

Corps members typically spend between $1,000 (shared) and $1,800 (single) per month on rent, depending on their living preferences.

Living Expenses

While these will vary person to person, some average cost assumptions are:

  • Food: $200/month
  • Transportation:
    • Car is strongly encouraged
    • Transit pass - $100/month
  • Health Insurance: $200/month
  • Utilities: $150/month
  • Gas: $120/month (a tank a week)


Having a car is strongly encouraged.