Best state for teachers: New York

But Idaho wasn’t in the bottom 10, regardless of what the Idaho liberals tell you. Idaho was actually #25 — right in the middle.  

Via Joanne Jacobs

New York is the best state for teachers, according to WalletHub’s analysis. Arizona ranked last.

WalletHub analyzed 21 metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.

Best States for Teachers Worst States for Teachers
1 New York 42 Oklahoma
2 New Jersey 43 Montana
3 Illinois 44 New Mexico
4 Connecticut 45 North Carolina
5 Pennsylvania 46 Louisiana
6 Minnesota 47 Florida
7 Massachusetts 48 Mississippi
8 Wyoming 49 South Carolina
9 Ohio 50 Hawaii
10 Oregon 51 Arizona

Wyoming offers the highest average starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living), $47,185 and Michigan has the highest average salary, $70,327. Hawaii is chintziest in both categories: Teachers start at $24,508 and average $34,308.

Pupil-teacher ratios are lowest in Vermont (10.55 students per teacher) and highest in California (23.58).