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. 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. Our data set ranges from “median starting salary” to “pupil-teacher ratio” to “school safety.”

Source: WalletHub

10 Best States to Be a Teacher:

1. New Jersey

2. Massachusetts

3. Illinois

4. Minnesota

5. Wyoming

6. Virginia

7. New York

8. Texas

9. Utah

10. Connecticut

10 Worst States to Be a Teacher:

42. Rhode Island

43. South Carolina

44. North Carolina

45. Maine

46. South Dakota

47. Mississippi

48. Oregon

49. Arizona

50. West Virginia

51. Hawaii

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