Are you better off teaching in New York than any other state? A new survey will shock you.

I will be fully transparent that I am pro-teacher. My mother and many members of my family are teachers. That means I am obviously biased.

Big Teacher Holiday Coming Up

Ahead of World Teachers' Day on October 5, WalletHub looked into which states treat its teachers the best... and worst.

The personal finance website looked into 24 key indicators of friendliness to teachers, such as income, pupil-to-teacher ratio, safety and more.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by WalletHub (@wallethub)

Read More: New York Is One of the Most Diverse States in America

That said, I am very sorry for those who teach in New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., Hawaii, Maine, or Nevada. Those states were put at the bottom of the list.

New York's New Bragging Rights

While some of our very close neighbors were left swimming in the bottom of this roundup, New York was a hair away from taking the crown.

The Empire State ranked the second-best state for teachers and actually led the nation in some critical categories.

Credit: NeONBRAND on Unsplash
Credit: NeONBRAND on Unsplash

For the metrics where New York did well, that would be a first place finish in existence of digital learning plans, public-school spending per student and average salary for teachers.

New York Loves Its Teachers... and Students

Meaning our state not only invests the most in its students, teachers here have higher salaries than the rest of the United States.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by WalletHub (@wallethub)

However, some naysayers can say New York City salaries could have inflated that number. According to, teachers in the big apple make between $46,000 to $95,000 a year.

Read More: How Severely Will Student Loan Repayments Impact NY Borrowers?

That number falls between $38,000 and $78,000 for those teaching in Utica City's school system.

Despite this blip, WalletHub adjusted that finding to reflect the current cost of living.

It also should be noted when looking into how much money the state invests into its students, the study found New York's difference is 3-times greater than Idaho, which was the state that spent the least amount of money per student.

Photo Credit - Ableimages/Thinkstock

Other good indicators was a fifth place finish in income growth potential for teachers and a sixth place finish in ensuring an equitable teacher-to-student ratio.

Further down the list, New York was 13th in school system quality, 14th in average starting salary for teachers and 20th in 10-year change in teacher salaries.

Read More: Utica's First School Opened 226 Years Ago. Where Is It Now?

All in all, if you want to start your teaching career, set your sights on New York. The state will take care of you.

Get our free mobile app

It's Back to School Time-Are You a 'Chrissy' or a 'Brian'?

With it being back-to-school time, we were wondering how your kids feel about going back to school. Chrissy loved to go back every single year while Brian wished that summer would last forever and he never had to return. We asked, is your kid a "Chrissy" or a "Brian"? Their body language says it all.

Some Surprises On the List of the 12 Biggest School Districts in Upstate New York!

Most people in Upstate New York graduated from very small school districts. I know I did, 308 students. But what about those in the larger cities?

Here is a list of the dozen largest school districts in Upstate New York. For those of us from small rural schools, it is mind-boggling to imagine graduating from a school with 10,000, 20,000 and even 40,000 students in the district like some of those on this list did.


Top of the Class! The Capital Region's Ten Best Public High Schools in 2023

School is back in-session in 2023, and according to Niche, students at these ten Capital Region public high schools are getting an A+ educational experience.

More From 96.1 The Eagle