In some states, teachers are more fairly paid and treated than in others and therefore less likely to face a revolving door of teacher turnover. To help America’s educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 21 key indicators of teacher-friendliness, divided into two key dimensions, including “Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment.” The data set ranges from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.
The report provides the following rankings:
Overall Ranking – New York takes first place while Arizona ranks as the worst state for teachers to work in.
Annual Salaries (Adjusted for Cost of Living) – Michigan comes out on top while Hawaii is in last place.
Teacher Turnover – South Dakota has the lowest turnover, and DC has the worst.
Competition (Teachers Per Student in Year 2024) – Arizona has the least competition and Maryland has the most competition.
Pupil/Teacher Ratio – Vermont has the lowest pupil/teacher ratio and California has the highest.
Public School Spending Per Student – Vermont spends the most per student, and Idaho has the lowest spending.
School Systems – Massachusetts brags the best system while Louisiana has the least desirable system.