2023’s Best & Worst States for Teachers, WalletHub Study

Staff Report

Monday, September 25th, 2023

With World Teachers’ Day around the corner but teachers making an average of $3,644 less per year than they did 10 years ago when adjusted for inflation, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2023’s Best & Worst States for Teachers, as well as expert commentary.

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 24 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to the pupil-teacher ratio to public-school spending per student.

Best States for Teachers


Worst States for Teachers

1. Virginia


42. Tennessee

2. New York


43. Rhode Island

3. Utah


44. New Mexico

4. Washington


45. Missouri

5. Florida


46. Vermont

6. Maryland


47. Nevada

7. Massachusetts


48. Maine

8. North Dakota


49. Hawaii

9. New Jersey


50. District of Columbia

10. Georgia


51. New Hampshire

Best vs. Worst 

  • Texas has the highest annual average starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $47,168, which is 1.5 times higher than in Montana, the state with the lowest at $32,319.

  • New York has the highest average annual salary for public-school teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $81,079, which is 1.8 times higher than in Hawaii, the state with the lowest at $44,596.

  • Alaska has the lowest projected number of teachers per 1,000 students by the year 2030 (indicating the size of competition), 22, which is six times lower than in the District of Columbia, which has the highest at 132.

  • Vermont has the lowest pupil-teacher ratio, 10.54, which is 2.1 times lower than in Utah, the state with the highest at 22.39.

  • New York has the highest public-school spending per student, $31,299, which is 3.3 times higher than in Idaho, the state with the lowest at $9,524.

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