The 10 Best/Worst States For Teachers 2017

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 the best for America’s teachers:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Mexico
  4. Alaska
  5. Wyoming
  6. Ohio
  7. Kentucky
  8. Pennsylvania
  9. Georgia
  10. Texas

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.

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
  • 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 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is in 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 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.

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1. New Jersey

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 46,440
Average Annual Salary: $68,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,800
Average Experienced Salary: $96,290
Location Quotient: 1.19

2. Connecticut

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 18,110
Average Annual Salary: $75,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,750
Average Experienced Salary: $103,120
Location Quotient: 1.09

3. New Mexico

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,330
Average Annual Salary: $58,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,610
Average Experienced Salary: $86,620
Location Quotient: 1.17

4. Alaska

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,950
Average Annual Salary: $73,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,920
Average Experienced Salary: $98,280
Location Quotient: 0.9

5. Wyoming

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,890
Average Annual Salary: $58,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,970
Average Experienced Salary: $76,170
Location Quotient: 1.02

6. Ohio

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 52,020
Average Annual Salary: $58,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,480
Average Experienced Salary: $79,740
Location Quotient: 0.98

7. Kentucky

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 18,820
Average Annual Salary: $51,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,160
Average Experienced Salary: $66,860
Location Quotient: 1.02

8. Pennsylvania

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 53,110
Average Annual Salary: $61,730
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,780
Average Experienced Salary: $91,780
Location Quotient: 0.93

9. Georgia

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50,670
Average Annual Salary: $53,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,890
Average Experienced Salary: $73,210
Location Quotient: 1.23

10. Texas

Best States For Teachers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 141,600
Average Annual Salary: $52,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,660
Average Experienced Salary: $67,980
Location Quotient: 1.22

There You Have It

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. Arizona
  2. Florida
  3. North Carolina

Detailed List Of The Best States For Teachers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 New Jersey $68,100 $49,800 46,440
2 Connecticut $75,700 $47,750 18,110
3 New Mexico $58,410 $35,610 9,330
4 Alaska $73,220 $52,920 2,950
5 Wyoming $58,500 $42,970 2,890
6 Ohio $58,540 $35,480 52,020
7 Kentucky $51,920 $38,160 18,820
8 Pennsylvania $61,730 $39,780 53,110
9 Georgia $53,610 $36,890 50,670
10 Texas $52,810 $40,660 141,600
11 Michigan $62,220 $36,670 38,190
12 Rhode Island $68,330 $42,800 3,990
13 Alabama $49,700 $38,760 23,800
14 California $72,360 $47,010 138,890
15 Virginia $63,330 $40,650 35,750
16 Delaware $60,250 $40,480 4,360
17 New York $72,930 $41,700 82,270
18 Utah $53,730 $32,400 15,930
19 Illinois $59,680 $34,410 60,570
20 Missouri $52,920 $33,110 25,730
21 Louisiana $48,430 $40,140 24,690
22 Washington $60,140 $42,430 26,790
23 Massachusetts $71,390 $45,480 27,220
24 South Carolina $49,250 $33,620 20,790
25 Minnesota $59,840 $35,800 27,370
26 Tennessee $49,470 $34,950 29,870
27 Idaho $47,260 $33,020 7,070
28 Maryland $63,750 $41,610 25,410
29 Vermont $54,750 $35,930 3,540
30 Wisconsin $54,790 $35,480 28,450
31 West Virginia $46,010 $33,810 7,140
32 Nebraska $50,710 $36,260 9,110
33 Iowa $51,180 $33,390 15,830
34 Arkansas $45,120 $33,670 11,690
35 Indiana $49,870 $33,640 26,070
36 North Dakota $47,110 $34,270 4,600
37 Mississippi $41,760 $32,490 15,140
38 Oregon $58,030 $36,240 12,470
39 Maine $50,870 $34,100 6,340
40 Montana $49,730 $28,760 4,290
41 New Hampshire $55,650 $38,810 6,230
42 Nevada $53,960 $38,530 9,930
43 Colorado $50,330 $33,350 25,960
44 Kansas $45,490 $33,320 14,070
45 Oklahoma $41,900 $32,150 16,840
46 South Dakota $42,510 $31,450 3,850
47 Hawaii $56,500 $41,590 5,940
48 North Carolina $43,200 $32,870 40,980
49 Florida $47,630 $33,940 71,620
50 Arizona $41,940 $31,810 23,560

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