Best States For Teachers 2019
Being an educator is one of the most important jobs a person can hold. After all, without teachers, children wouldn’t gain the crucial skills and knowledge they need to become successful adults.
However, in many states across the nation, teachers have low salaries, no support from school administrators, and work high-pressure jobs. A study from the National Center for Education Statistics shows that nearly one-fifth of teachers don’t last more than one year in their job due to the high stress and low pay. The study further indicates that almost half don’t make it to five years.
Fortunately, though, there are states that recognize the value of educators. Several studies have been conducted to find the best states for teachers. In terms of income, the top state is New York, which pays teachers an average of over $76,000 per year. Alaska comes in behind New York as the state with the second-highest salary for teachers. Connecticut, California, and Massachusetts also have high average salaries for educators.
However, this doesn’t show the full picture. Many of these states, including Alaska and New York, have a cost of living that is higher than the national average. Even though these teachers are making more money, the price of everything from housing to utilities and groceries is much higher than in other states.
To get a more comprehensive look at the best states for teachers, we can take a look at a study conducted by WalletHub. This study looked at 22 indicators including safety and income growth potential to determine which states are the most teacher-friendly.
According to this data, New York is still the top state for teachers, ranking in the top 10 in both Opportunity and Competition and Academic and Work Environment. According to this study, Connecticut was ranked second, followed by Minnesota. Rounding out the top 5 were Illinois and North Dakota. The top-paying states of Alaska, California, and Massachusetts were ranked 14th, 31st, and 13th, respectively.
Based on WalletHub’s report, the top 10 most teacher-friendly states in the nation are: