We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Teachers to open up shop.
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 the best for America’s teachers:
So there you have it — New Jersey is the best of the best when it comes to being a teacher. How did it 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.
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:
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 2015:
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 from MIT’s living wage index. Applying this standardization allows us to account for the fact that the average salary for Teachers in California is $72,360 and the average salary in Illinois is $59,680, the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop an 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.
Total Jobs: 46,440
Average Annual Salary: $68,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,800
Average Experienced Salary: $96,290
Location Quotient: 1.19
Total Jobs: 18,110
Average Annual Salary: $75,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,750
Average Experienced Salary: $103,120
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 9,330
Average Annual Salary: $58,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,610
Average Experienced Salary: $86,620
Location Quotient: 1.17
Total Jobs: 2,950
Average Annual Salary: $73,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,920
Average Experienced Salary: $98,280
Location Quotient: 0.9
Total Jobs: 2,890
Average Annual Salary: $58,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,970
Average Experienced Salary: $76,170
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 52,020
Average Annual Salary: $58,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,480
Average Experienced Salary: $79,740
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 18,820
Average Annual Salary: $51,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,160
Average Experienced Salary: $66,860
Location Quotient: 1.02
Total Jobs: 53,110
Average Annual Salary: $61,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,780
Average Experienced Salary: $91,780
Location Quotient: 0.93
Total Jobs: 50,670
Average Annual Salary: $53,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,890
Average Experienced Salary: $73,210
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 141,600
Average Annual Salary: $52,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,660
Average Experienced Salary: $67,980
Location Quotient: 1.22
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:
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