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2023’s Best & Worst States for Teachers – WalletHub Study

UNDATED – With World Teachers’ Day around the corner but teachers making an average of $3,644 less per year than they did 10 years ago when adjusted for inflation, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States for Teachers, as well as expert commentary.

In order to help educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to the pupil-teacher ratio to public-school spending per student.

South Dakota ranked 30th overall in the study.

Best States for Teachers Worst States for Teachers
1. Virginia 42. Tennessee
2. New York 43. Rhode Island
3. Utah 44. New Mexico
4. Washington 45. Missouri
5. Florida 46. Vermont
6. Maryland 47. Nevada
7. Massachusetts 48. Maine
8. North Dakota 49. Hawaii
9. New Jersey 50. District of Columbia
10. Georgia 51. New Hampshire

Best vs. Worst

  • Texas has the highest annual average starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $47,168, which is 1.5 times higher than in Montana, the state with the lowest at $32,319.
  • New York has the highest average annual salary for public-school teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $81,079, which is 1.8 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $44,596.
  • Alaska has the lowest projected number of teachers per 1,000 students by the year 2030 (indicating the size of competition), 22, which is six times lower than in the District of Columbia, which has the highest at 132.
  • Vermont has the lowest pupil-teacher ratio, 10.54, which is 2.1 times lower than in Utah, the state with the highest at 22.39.
  • New York has the highest public-school spending per student, $31,299, which is 3.3 times higher than in Idaho, the state with the lowest at $9,524.

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