2020’s Best & Worst U.S. States for Teachers
With World Teacher's Day coming up in a few days, and teachers working hard to implement social distance and online learning due to the pandemic, the personal-finance website WalletHub has compiled a list of 2020's Best and Worst States for Teachers.
WalletHub compared the 50 states as well as the District of Columbia using 25 key factors from teachers' income growth potential, to the pupil-teacher ratio, to whether the state has a digital learning plan in order to help teachers find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S.
The list places Washington in position 1, Utah in position 2, and New Jersey in 3. Then, on the other end of the list, New Hampshire finds itself in position 51, New Mexico at 50, and Arizona at 49.
Additionally, Texas finds itself in position 22 on the list. Below is more information about how Texas ranked in each category.
Teacher-Friendliness of Texas (1=Best; 25=Avg.):
- 2nd – Avg. Starting Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 26th – Avg. Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 28th – Quality of School System
- 30th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
- 39th – Public-School Spending per Student
- 47th – Teachers’ Income Growth Potential
- 30th – Projected Competition in Year 2028
- 12th – 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries
- 48th – Statewide School Reopening
- 1st – Existence of Digital Learning Plan
WalletHub includes a full breakdown of how states rank in various categories, as well as a Q&A with a panel of experts.