The 10 Best States For Teachers In 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Teachers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as teachers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since teachers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where teachers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for teachers.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s teachers:

  1. Ohio
  2. Texas
  3. Illinois
  4. Pennsylvania
  5. Virginia
  6. Nebraska
  7. Wyoming
  8. Michigan
  9. Minnesota
  10. Missouri

So there you have it — Secondary School Teachers, Except Special And Career/technical Education is the best of the best when it comes to being a teacher.

How did Secondary School Teachers, Except Special And Career/technical Education end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for teachers and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined the best states to be a teacher

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for teachers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well teachers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2018:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for teachers in California is $80,510 and the average salary in Illinois is $72,370, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for teachers in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for teachers.

1. Ohio

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 52,240
Average Annual Salary: $61,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,570
Average Experienced Salary: $84,340
Location Quotient: 1.33

2. Texas

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 110,420
Average Annual Salary: $58,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,670
Average Experienced Salary: $76,970
Location Quotient: 1.25

3. Illinois

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 43,720
Average Annual Salary: $72,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,330
Average Experienced Salary: $115,490
Location Quotient: 1.0

4. Pennsylvania

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50,460
Average Annual Salary: $64,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,340
Average Experienced Salary: $94,730
Location Quotient: 1.19

5. Virginia

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 26,830
Average Annual Salary: $68,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,550
Average Experienced Salary: $104,270
Location Quotient: 0.96

6. Nebraska

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,880
Average Annual Salary: $57,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,320
Average Experienced Salary: $77,980
Location Quotient: 1.11

7. Wyoming

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $60,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,130
Average Experienced Salary: $78,010
Location Quotient: 0.94

8. Michigan

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 24,130
Average Annual Salary: $62,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,660
Average Experienced Salary: $92,000
Location Quotient: 0.77

9. Minnesota

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,940
Average Annual Salary: $64,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,440
Average Experienced Salary: $95,820
Location Quotient: 1.01

10. Missouri

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 27,930
Average Annual Salary: $54,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,190
Average Experienced Salary: $85,350
Location Quotient: 1.37

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Teacher

If you’re looking to start out your career as a teacher these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a teacher in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Arizona
  3. West Virginia

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For teachers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Ohio $61,930 $39,570 52,240
2 Texas $58,190 $42,670 110,420
3 Illinois $72,370 $40,330 43,720
4 Pennsylvania $64,830 $41,340 50,460
5 Virginia $68,770 $42,550 26,830
6 Nebraska $57,500 $40,320 7,880
7 Wyoming $60,620 $45,130 1,850
8 Michigan $62,950 $38,660 24,130
9 Minnesota $64,610 $40,440 20,940
10 Missouri $54,280 $33,190 27,930
11 Iowa $56,510 $37,100 13,010
12 New York $85,300 $46,610 74,830
13 New Jersey $76,390 $53,870 29,140
14 Delaware $65,040 $44,590 2,650
15 Arkansas $51,780 $37,300 11,480
16 Connecticut $76,980 $49,410 15,410
17 Kentucky $56,200 $40,990 12,250
18 Washington $67,550 $47,770 14,560
19 Utah $59,070 $33,870 10,170
20 Georgia $58,050 $37,910 27,620
21 Alaska $77,920 $53,800 2,380
22 Tennessee $53,620 $38,940 20,190
23 Wisconsin $58,360 $40,410 20,070
24 New Mexico $55,380 $34,510 7,010
25 Massachusetts $80,020 $47,600 26,420
26 Kansas $51,490 $35,870 11,660
27 Rhode Island $71,440 $43,780 4,410
28 Alabama $51,180 $39,090 16,270
29 Oregon $72,640 $41,350 10,390
30 Indiana $53,030 $35,090 19,690
31 Louisiana $51,810 $41,180 13,930
32 Mississippi $47,190 $32,950 8,920
33 California $80,510 $51,970 112,960
34 Idaho $51,170 $31,760 5,210
35 Maryland $72,610 $44,140 19,330
36 North Dakota $55,400 $39,420 2,830
37 South Carolina $54,400 $35,160 15,310
38 New Hampshire $61,510 $41,860 5,130
39 Nevada $57,910 $43,260 5,930
40 Florida $54,120 $39,330 47,960
41 Maine $54,240 $36,090 5,790
42 Montana $50,670 $29,720 3,880
43 Vermont $65,850 $41,260 2,130
44 Colorado $55,110 $37,100 16,950
45 Oklahoma $42,540 $32,580 11,400
46 South Dakota $42,960 $32,650 3,520
47 North Carolina $47,580 $34,550 25,240
48 West Virginia $47,050 $34,840 3,790
49 Arizona $48,610 $33,540 17,200
50 Hawaii $60,810 $41,030 4,310
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