North Carolina Ranked 2018’s 3rd Worst State for Teachers

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With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teaching among the lowest-paid professions that require a bachelor’s degree, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Teachers.

In order to help educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments in the U.S., WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.

Teacher-Friendliness of North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 30th – Avg. Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 32nd – Quality of School System
  • 34th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 39th – Public-School Spending per Student
  • 38th – Teachers’ Income Growth Potential
  • 46th – 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries
  • 43rd – Teacher Safety

North Carolina ranked just slightly better than Arizona and Hawaii;

Overall Rank
(1 = Best)
State Total Score ‘Opportunity & Competition’ Rank ‘Academic & Work Environment’ Rank
1 New York 64.55 4 6
2 Connecticut 63.72 21 2
3 Minnesota 63.26 5 8
4 Illinois 62.83 2 21
5 North Dakota 62.32 17 3
6 Pennsylvania 61.85 7 11
7 Wyoming 61.24 22 4
8 New Jersey 61.23 29 1
9 Maryland 60.81 13 9
10 Ohio 60.30 9 18
11 Utah 59.85 6 22
12 Virginia 58.54 10 24
13 Massachusetts 58.00 28 5
14 Alaska 57.95 1 50
15 Missouri 57.79 8 31
16 Wisconsin 57.59 19 19
17 Montana 56.93 23 20
18 Kentucky 56.52 18 23
19 Texas 56.47 3 46
20 Iowa 56.45 14 26
21 Washington 55.80 27 12
22 Michigan 55.62 12 36
23 Nebraska 55.48 24 25
24 Oregon 55.34 15 34
25 Delaware 55.33 30 10
26 Idaho 55.29 20 28
27 Vermont 54.54 32 14
28 Colorado 54.33 39 7
29 Rhode Island 54.29 31 17
30 Georgia 54.12 16 38
31 California 53.14 11 47
32 Nevada 51.09 25 40
33 Alabama 50.80 26 39
34 Kansas 50.66 45 15
35 South Dakota 50.53 35 27
36 Indiana 50.24 36 30
37 Arkansas 49.85 34 35
38 New Hampshire 49.48 46 16
39 Tennessee 48.71 41 29
40 Maine 47.77 49 13
41 New Mexico 47.60 33 41
42 West Virginia 47.16 42 32
43 District of Columbia 46.32 44 37
44 Oklahoma 46.15 38 45
45 South Carolina 45.56 37 49
46 Mississippi 45.10 40 48
47 Florida 44.21 48 33
48 Louisiana 44.08 43 44
49 North Carolina 42.16 47 43
50 Arizona 37.58 50 51
51 Hawaii 35.18 51 42

 

You can see the full report on WalletHub’s website here.

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