Source: WalletHub

A new WalletHub study put Texas as a top ten state for teachers.

The personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of this year's Best and Worst States for Teachers. To celebrate International World Teachers Day on October 5th, the website decided to find out where the best teaching opportunities were for educators in the United States.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia were analyzed across 16 key metrics (listed at the bottom of this post), and here is how Texas faired in the study:

Teacher-Friendliness of Texas (1=Best; 25=Avg.)

  • 3th – Average Starting Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 14th – Median Annual Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
  • 21st – WalletHub “School Systems” Ranking
  • 30th – School Safety
  • 13th – 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries

 

Find out more information about this study and see how other states did by visiting WalletHub.

Here are the 16 metrics that were used to analyze data for this study:

  • Average Starting Salary for Teachers: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the local cost of living.
  • Median Annual Salary for Teachers: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the local cost of living.
  • Teachers’ Income Growth Potential: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • Average Teacher Pensions: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
    Note: This metric was adjusted for the local cost of living.
  • Projected Teacher Demand: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the number of teachers per 1,000 students by year 2022.
  • Public-School Enrollment Growth (Fall 2015 vs. Fall 2014): Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
  • 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries: Full Weight (~10.00 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the change in constant dollars for teacher salaries between the 2005–2006 and the 2015–2016 academic years.
  • WalletHub “School Systems” Ranking: Triple Weight (~9.47 Points)
  • Annual Evaluation Requirement for All Teachers: Full Weight (~3.16 Points)
  • Teacher Effectiveness: Full Weight (~3.16 Points)
  • Pupil-Teacher Ratio: Full Weight (~3.16 Points)
  • School Safety: Full Weight (~3.16 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the percentage of public-school teachers who reported that they were threatened with injury by a student from school during the previous 12 months.
  • WalletHub “Underprivileged Children” Ranking: Half Weight (~1.58 Points)
  • Public-School Spending per Student: Full Weight (~3.16 Points)
    Note: This metric measures the annual state and local expenditures for K-12 public schools per capita.
  • Average Commute Time: Half Weight (~1.58 Points)
  • WalletHub “Working Moms” Ranking: Half Weight (~1.58 Points)