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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:
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.
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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 2018:
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.
Total Jobs: 52,240
Average Annual Salary: $61,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,570
Average Experienced Salary: $84,340
Location Quotient: 1.33
Total Jobs: 110,420
Average Annual Salary: $58,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,670
Average Experienced Salary: $76,970
Location Quotient: 1.25
Total Jobs: 43,720
Average Annual Salary: $72,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,330
Average Experienced Salary: $115,490
Location Quotient: 1.0
Total Jobs: 50,460
Average Annual Salary: $64,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,340
Average Experienced Salary: $94,730
Location Quotient: 1.19
Total Jobs: 26,830
Average Annual Salary: $68,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,550
Average Experienced Salary: $104,270
Location Quotient: 0.96
Total Jobs: 7,880
Average Annual Salary: $57,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,320
Average Experienced Salary: $77,980
Location Quotient: 1.11
Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $60,620
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,130
Average Experienced Salary: $78,010
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 24,130
Average Annual Salary: $62,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,660
Average Experienced Salary: $92,000
Location Quotient: 0.77
Total Jobs: 20,940
Average Annual Salary: $64,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,440
Average Experienced Salary: $95,820
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 27,930
Average Annual Salary: $54,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,190
Average Experienced Salary: $85,350
Location Quotient: 1.37
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.
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