A study from Wallethub shows that Florida is one of the top spots to be if you’re a teacher. The last place you’d want to go to teach? Hawaii? According to the study the best place to be a teacher is in the state of New York. Maybe since so many people are leaving New York the class sizes are smaller? I kid. New York isn’t even in the top 5 of pupil/student ratio.

Here’s how Wallethub determined the rankings. “Teachers are more fairly compensated and better protected in some states than in others, though. The best states are less likely to face a revolving door of teacher turnover. To help America’s educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 24 key indicators of teacher-friendliness. Our data set ranges from teachers’ income growth potential to the pupil-teacher ratio to whether the state has a digital learning plan.”

They even made this fun map:

Source: WalletHub

So how do all of the states rank up against each other? Here’s the breakdown including the composite score as determined by the research. The “Best States For Teachers 2022”. Being a Florida teacher is one of the best places to be.


  • 1 New York 59.33

    New York City Public Schools

    NYC Department of Education, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools


  • 2 Utah 57.38

    Utah State Board of Education (USBE)

    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is committed to making schools.utah.gov compliant with the Section 508 Amendment of 1998 to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. At this time we recognize that not all areas of our website are ADA and/or 508 compliant.

  • 3 Virginia 56.13


  • 4 Florida 55.92


    Schools Everywhere you look, big things are happening at Florida s 4,200 public schools. Student achievement is rising, graduation rates are improving and the.

  • 5 Washington 55.71


    The School District of Washington is rich in tradition and we are proud of our accomplishments. Continuous improvement remains our focus and desire each and every day. We commit to the growth of student learning, behavior, citizenship, participation and service. Our high expectations of students are a reflection of how much we value them.

  • 6 New Jersey 54.07

    New Jersey Department of Education

    Home Page of the New Jersey Department of Education


  • 7 Pennsylvania 53.80

    Public Schools

    Pennsylvania's 500 school districts range in size from approximately 200 students to more than 140,000 students. View an interactive map that features all 500 public school districts in Pennsylvania, categorized by region. The Pennsylvania Department of Education's EdNA (Education Names & Addresses) database provides a list of all schools recognized in the Commonwealth.


  • 8 Massachusetts 53.21

    Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

    The goal of the Massachusetts public K-12 education system is to prepare all students for success after high school. Massachusetts public school students are leading the nation in reading and math and are at the top internationally in reading, science, and math according to the national NAEP and international PISA assessments.


  • 9 Maryland 52.43

    Maryland State Department of Education

    The Blueprint required MSDE to commission an empirical study of the interim CCR standard and its adequacy to identify the students who have demonstrated their knowledge of English language arts and mathematics that enables the student to be successful in entry level credit bearing courses or postsecondary education training at a State community college.


  • 10 Connecticut 52.03

    Connecticut Schools

    GreatSchools has ratings & reviews for 3333 Connecticut elementary, middle & high schools. Find the best public, charter or private school for your child.


  • 11 North Dakota 50.97


    NDDPI provides information on how schools operate and function; policy and law that guide school accountability; and school finance and organization.


  • 12 Delaware 50.42

    Delaware City Schools / Overview

    Our Delaware community offers a wide variety of quality activities and events for students and families. Visit our Community Page to learn about upcoming opportunities that have been shared with the schools for publication.


  • 13 Minnesota 49.99

    Minnesota Schools

    GreatSchools has ratings & reviews for 5167 Minnesota elementary, middle & high schools. Find the best public, charter or private school for your child.


  • 14 Georgia 49.73

  • 15 California 49.53

    California Department of Education

    The California Department of Education provides leadership, assistance, oversight and resources so that every Californian has access to an education that meets world-class standards.


  • 16 Illinois 49.28

  • 17 Indiana 48.64


    The first iteration of Indiana's new Graduates Prepared to Succeed performance dashboard, or Indiana GPS is now live! Together, our mission is to empower Indiana's families, educators, school administrators, and community leaders with a learner-centered, future-focused dashboard that displays how our students are building the important knowledge and skills that will empower their success after high school.


  • 18 Alabama 48.28

    K-12 Schools in Alabama

    Explore 2024 school ratings and statistics for public and private schools in Alabama. Find the best schools near you.


  • 19 Mississippi 47.40

    Home | The Mississippi Department of Education

    The Mississippi Department of Education seeks to create a world-class educational system that gives students the knowledge and skills to be successful in college and in the workforce, and to flourish as parents and citizens.


  • 20 Idaho 46.32

    School Districts

    Find information on Idaho's school districts.


  • 21 Kentucky 45.96


    No Description


  • 22 Wyoming 45.76

    Wyoming Public Schools | Wyoming, MI

    Wyoming Wolves: Growing community. Empowering scholars. Impacting futures. Our District is located in the city of Wyoming, Michigan, the largest suburb of metropolitan Grand Rapids and the 18th largest city in Michigan. It is a city of well-kept neighborhoods and parks. Recreational and cultural opportunities abound, and the community atmosphere emphasizes family values.

  • 23 Texas 45.66

    Texas Schools

    This section provides Information about Texas public school districts, as well as charter and online schools, including contact information, accountability data, financial data, demographic data, employment information and waivers. The Texas Education Agency evaluates public schools and districts under state and federal accountability requirements. A charter school is a type of public school.


  • 24 Iowa 45.11

    Iowa Department of Education Homepage

    Popular topics, headlines and resources from Iowa Department of Education, as well as educator licensure and programs supporting learners at all levels.


  • 25 Kansas 44.88

    Home - Kansas City Public Schools

    Home - Kansas City Public Schools


  • 27 Vermont 44.15

    Vermont Schools

    Vermont's compulsory attendance statute requires parents or guardians to cause their children between the ages of 6 and 16 to attend a public school, an independent school (private schools), or a home study program. Public and independent schools are commonly but not exclusively divided into three tiers of primary and secondary education: elementary school, middle school or junior high school and high school.


  • 28 North Carolina 44.10

    North Carolina Schools

    GreatSchools has ratings & reviews for 10720 North Carolina elementary, middle & high schools. Find the best public, charter or private school for your child.


  • 29 West Virginia 43.81


    The West Virginia Department of Education is a government agency that oversees the public school system in West Virginia, which is responsible for the education of more than 273,000 students in more than 700 schools with 20,000 teachers.


  • 30 Oregon 43.76


    No Description


  • 31 Rhode Island 43.32

    RI Public Schools

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  • 32 Nebraska 42.86



  • 33 Wisconsin 42.76

    Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

    Dr. Jill Underly was elected Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction in April of 2021. With more than two decades of public education experience, including her most-recent 6 years as the Superintendent of the Pecatonica School District, Underly has been committed to ensuring that every child, every day, has the opportunity for a first-class public education in the State of Wisconsin.


  • 34 Oklahoma 42.70

    Oklahoma City Public Schools / Homepage

    TIPS (Threat Assessment, Incident Management and Prevention Services) is a reporting system available 24/7 for students and parents to make appropriate OKCPS officials aware of concerns and potential threats to the safety of our students and staff.


  • 35 Arkansas 41.76

    Division of Elementary and Secondary Education - Home page

    The State Board of Education will meet at 9 a.m. on May 9, 2024, in the DESE Auditorium. A work session will be held at 1:30 p.m. May 8, 2024, in the DESE Auditorium. The work session will discuss public school accountability, career and diploma pathways, the Lee County School District, and rules.


  • 36 Colorado 41.64

  • 37 Alaska 41.63

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    No Description


  • 38 South Carolina 41.57




  • 39 South Dakota 41.51

    SD Department of Education

    May 2, 2024 2024 Workforce Education Grant recipients announced Four South Dakota Workforce Education Grants totaling $840,051.39 have been awarded to South Dakota public school districts. The Workforce Education Grant program is designed to make transformative change for career and technical education (CTE) programs offered in middle and high schools throughout the state.


  • 40 Michigan 41.25

    Michigan Department of Education

    Michigan Department of Education


  • 41 Tennessee 41.15


    Nashville, TN-Throughout the month of May, the Tennessee Department of Education invites all Tennesseans to celebrate Teacher Appreciation Month, Week, Day, proclaimed by Governor Bill Lee. Additionally, the department launched the 'Year of Tennessee Teachers' campaign, highlighting teachers for shaping the minds of the over one million K-12 students across the state to ensure they have access to a high-quality education and are successful in the classroom, workforce, and life.


  • 42 Nevada 39.92

    Homepage | Nevada Department of Education

    Welcome to the newly redesigned Nevada Department of Education website! We're excited to introduce you to our user-friendly platform, designed to provide you with easy access to valuable education resources and information. FROM STATE SUPERINTENDENT Welcome to the Nevada Department of Education's (NDE) website!


  • 43 Montana 39.56



  • 44 Maine 39.47

    Maine Schools

    The Maine Department of Education provides resources, supports, funding, and partnerships through the Office of Facilities, Transportation and Safety; the Office of School Finance and Operations; and the Office of School and Student Supports to ensure that all students have access to a safe, secure and appropriate learning environment.


  • 45 Louisiana 39.02


    Comprehensive Data System of Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE)


  • 46 Missouri 37.59


    Search for up-to-date data on all Missouri School Districts.


  • 47 New Mexico 37.41

    Welcome to the New Mexico Public Education Department Website

    New MexicoPublic Education Department New MexicoPublic Education Department New Mexico Public Education Department Parent and Family Information Family Guide, Student Safety, Nutrition, Bullying Intervention, Continuous Learning Visit Parent Portal Educator


  • 48 Arizona 36.17

    Arizona Department of Education

    STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION Tom Horne served twenty-four years in the state's third-largest school district board and ten years as president. He served in the legislature and was chairman of the academic accountability committee. He was the State Superintendent of Schools from 2003 to 2011 and was elected State Attorney General.


  • 49 District of Columbia 35.94


    Learn about DCPS' five-year strategic plan to guide progress across all 117 DCPS schools. Together, we will ensure that students are succeeding academically, connected to school, and prepared for what's next.


  • 50 New Hampshire 34.39

    K-12 Schools in New Hampshire

    Explore 2024 school ratings and statistics for public and private schools in New Hampshire. Find the best schools near you.


  • 51 Hawaii 33.36


  • Annual Salaries (Adjusted for Cost of Living)

    • 1. New York
    • 2. Illinois
    • 3. Michigan
    • 4. Pennsylvania
    • 5. Washington
    Annual Salaries (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
    • 47. District of Columbia
    • 48. Florida
    • 49. South Dakota
    • 50. Maine
    • 51. Hawaii
  • Projected Teachers Turnover

    • 1. Kentucky
    • 2. Montana
    • 3. Missouri
    • 4. New York
    • 5. Alabama
    Projected Teachers Turnover
    • 44. Indiana
    • 45. Virginia
    • 46. Arizona
    • 47. Vermont
    • 48. District of Columbia
  • Projected Competition (i.e. Fewest & Most Teachers per Student in Year 2028)

    • 1. Nevada
    • 2. Arizona
    • 3. Alaska
    • 4. North Carolina
    • 5. Oregon
    Projected Competition (i.e. Fewest & Most Teachers per Student in Year 2028)
    • 47. Wyoming
    • 48. Nebraska
    • T-49. North Dakota
    • T-49. Iowa
    • T-49. District of Columbia
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio

    • 1. Vermont
    • 2. Maine
    • 3. New Hampshire
    • 4. New Jersey
    • 5. Connecticut
    Pupil-Teacher Ratio
    • 47. Oregon
    • 48. Nevada
    • 49. Arizona
    • 50. California
    • 51. Utah
  • Public-School Spending per Student

    • 1. New York
    • 2. District of Columbia
    • 3. Vermont
    • 4. New Jersey
    • 5. Massachusetts
    Public-School Spending per Student
    • 47. Arizona
    • 48. Missouri
    • 49. Mississippi
    • 50. Utah
    • 51. Idaho
  • School Systems

    • 1. Massachusetts
    • 2. Connecticut
    • 3. New Jersey
    • 4. Virginia
    • 5. Maryland
    School Systems
    • 47. West Virginia
    • 48. Arizona
    • 49. Louisiana
    • 50. Alaska
    • 51. New Mexico

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