NC ranked among worst states for teachers by WalletHub study

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North Carolina – (WALLETHUB) North Carolina is ranked the 8th worst state for teachers, according to WalletHub survey.  Landing at number 44 out of 51 states (+ DC) on the list of best to worst.

Most educators don’t pursue their profession for the money. Despite their critical role in shaping young minds, teachers across the U.S. are shortchanged every year.

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In fact, education jobs are some of the lowest-paying occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and their salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation.

Meanwhile, the law demands better student performance without providing educators much guidance or incentive to improve their own effectiveness in the classroom.

But regardless of the issues plaguing the profession, many educators will continue to follow their passion and serve the purpose larger than themselves. In order to help ease the process of finding the best opportunities and teaching environments.



WalletHub’s analysts compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 16 key indicators of teacher-friendliness. The data set ranges from “median starting salary” to “pupil-teacher ratio” to “school safety.”

Continue reading below for WalletHub’s findings, additional insight from experts and a full description of their methodology.

Teacher-Friendliness of North Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg. based on WalletHub Survey)

  • 38th – Average Starting Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 33rd – Median Annual Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 19th – WalletHub “School Systems” Ranking
  • 31st – Teachers’ Income Growth Potential
  • 43rd – School Safety
  • 46th – 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries
  • 32nd – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
  • 44th – Public-School Spending per Student

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