COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - South Carolina has been named one of the worst states for teachers, according to a new study.
With World Teachers’ Day around the corner and teaching among the lowest-paid professions that require a bachelor’s degree, the personal-finance website WalletHub released its report on 2018’s Best & Worst States for Teachers.
WalletHub analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 22 key metrics, ranging from teachers’ income growth potential to pupil-teacher ratio to teacher safety.
The state ranked below average in a number of categories including Average Starting Salaries for Teachers and School System Quality.
Teacher-Friendliness of South Carolina (1=Best; 25=Avg.)
- 42nd – Avg. Starting Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 38th – Avg. Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living)
- 40th – Quality of School System
- 28th – Pupil-Teacher Ratio
- 21st – Public-School Spending per Student
- 18th – Teachers’ Income Growth Potential
- 28th – Projected Competition in Year 2026
- 40th – 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries
- 42nd – Teacher Safety
Best states for teachers:
1. New York
5. North Dakota
8. New Jersey
Worst states for teachers:
41. New Mexico
42. West Virginia
43. District of Columbia
45. South Carolina
49. North Carolina
For more information about this study, visit the WalletHub website.