TRENTON, NJ – A recent WalletHub report reveals New Jersey as the 9th best state for teachers, assessing various factors such as salary, school quality, and spending per student.
The study aimed to guide educators in finding the optimal work environments and opportunities across the U.S. WalletHub evaluated all 50 states and the District of Columbia using 24 key metrics. These metrics ranged from average starting salary for teachers adjusted for cost of living to public-school spending per student.
In the rankings, New Jersey notably scored:
- 5th in Average Starting Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 10th in Average Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 3rd in Quality of School System
- 5th in Pupil-Teacher Ratio
- 4th in Public-School Spending per Student
- 30th in Teachers’ Income Growth Potential
- 26th in 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries
- 1st in Existence of Digital Learning Plan
This information comes as teachers nationwide face an average salary decrease of $3,644 compared to a decade ago when adjusted for inflation. The study aims to provide actionable insights for educators ahead of World Teachers’ Day.
The full report is available on WalletHub’s website for those interested in further details.