The Best and Worst States for Teachers 2023

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A recent study by WalletHub has identified the best and worst states for teachers. Teachers are currently making $3644 less per year than ten years ago adjusted for inflation. To help educators find the best opportunities in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 24 key metrics, including  income growth potential, pupil-teacher ratio and public-school spending per student.

The Best States for Teachers

  1. Virginia
  2. New York
  3. Utah
  4. Washington
  5. Florida
  6. Maryland
  7. Massachusetts
  8. North Dakota
  9. New Jersey
  10. Georgia

The Worst States for Teachers

  1. Tennessee (rank: 42)
  2. Rhode Island (rank: 43)
  3. New Mexico (rank: 44)
  4. Missouri (rank: 45)
  5. Vermont (rank: 46)
  6. Nevada (rank: 47)
  7. Maine (rank: 48)
  8. Hawaii (rank: 49)
  9. District of Columbia (rank: 50)
  10. New Hampshire (rank: 51)

Key Findings:

  • Texas has the highest annual average starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $47,168. 
  • Montana has the lowest average starting salary at $32,319.
  • New York has the highest average annual salary for public-school teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $81,079. 
  • Hawaii has the lowest average annual starting salary for public school teachers ( $44,596).
  • Vermont has the lowest pupil-teacher ratio, 10.54. Utah has the highest at 22.39.
  • New York has the highest public-school spending per student, $31,299.  Idaho has the lowest at $9,524.
  • Kentucky has the lowest teacher turnover, while the District of Columbia has the highest.

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