These Are The Best (And Worst) States For Teachers

While teachers likely have one of the most important jobs out there, it is often a thankless one, with many teachers being overworked and underpaid, and definitely underappreciated. But some states do a better job than others at treating their teachers fairly, and a new report reveals which ones they are.

  • WalletHub just came out with their annual list of the Best and Worst States for Teachers.
  • They judged the 50 states and District of Columbia on 24 key indicators of teacher-friendliness, in areas of opportunity and competition and academic and work environment.
  • The factors included things like starting salary, income growth potential, pupil-to-teacher ratio, teacher security, quality of school system and more.
  • Topping the list this year is New York, which earns a 60.86 out of 100.
  •  New York comes in third for both opportunity and competition, and academic and work environment.
  • Utah, which comes in second overall, is tops for opportunity and competition, while Delaware, eighth overall, is tops for academic and work environment.

Top Ten States for Teachers

  1. New York
  2. Utah
  3. Washington
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. New Jersey
  6. Virginia
  7. Maryland
  8. Delaware
  9. Illinois
  10. Connecticut
  • On the flipside, New Hampshire has been chosen worst states for teachers, scoring just a 31.14.
  • New Hampshire comes in dead last for opportunity and competition, although oddly it does land at eight for academic and work environment. 

Ten Worst States for Teachers

  1. New Hampshire
  2. District of Columbia
  3. Maine
  4. Arizona
  5. Montana
  6. Nevada
  7. Missouri
  8. Hawaii
  9. Louisiana
  10. New Mexico 

Click hereto see where your state falls on the list.


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