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:

State Overall Rank Opportunity & Competition Rank Academic & Work Environment Rank 2019 Pop.
New York14619,491,339
Connecticut22123,567,871
Minnesota3585,655,925
Illinois422112,700,381
North Dakota5173760,900
Pennsylvania671112,813,969
Wyoming7224572,381
New Jersey82918,922,547
Maryland91396,062,917
Ohio1091811,718,568
Utah116223,221,610
Virginia1210248,571,946
Massachusetts132856,939,373
Alaska14150735,720
Missouri158316,147,861
Wisconsin1619195,832,661
Montana1723201,074,532
Kentucky1818234,484,047
Texas1934629,087,070
Iowa2014263,167,997
Washington2127127,666,343
Michigan22123610,020,472
Nebraska2324251,940,919
Oregon2415344,245,901
Delaware253010975,033
Idaho2620281,790,182
Vermont273214627,180
Colorado283975,770,545
Rhode Island2931171,056,738
Georgia30163810,627,767
California31114739,747,267
Nevada3225403,087,025
Alabama3326394,898,246
Kansas3445152,910,931
South Dakota353527892,631
Indiana3636306,718,616
Arkansas3734353,026,412
New Hampshire3846161,363,852
Tennessee3941296,833,793
Maine4049131,342,097
New Mexico4133412,096,034
West Virginia4242321,791,951
District of Columbia434437711,571
Oklahoma4438453,948,950
South Carolina4537495,147,111
Mississippi4640482,987,895
Florida47483321,646,155
Louisiana4843444,652,581
North Carolina49474310,497,741
Arizona5050517,275,070
Hawaii5151421,416,589