This may come as a surprise to the NJEA, but New Jersey has just been ranked the top state for teachers in a new report from WalletHub, the personal finances website. The study considered 16 key indicators to come up with its scores, including median starting salary, pupil-teacher ratio, and school safety.
New Jersey’s was ranked second for academic and work environment, third for public- school spending per student, fourth for student-teacher ratio, sixth for school safety, and tenth for average starting salary for teachers (adjusted for cost of living) — racking up a total score of 63.26.
New York was rated seventh in the survey (60.40) and Pennsylvania earned a total score of 57.29.
Hawaii ended up at the bottom of the heap (22.22 total score), with a ranking of 51 for job opportunity and competition. The study included all 50 states and the District of Columbia.