Illinois — Teachers play an important role in our every day lives whether it’s how they influenced us to be who we are today or through shaping the minds of the next generation. A great teacher creates a sense of community and belonging in the classroom and a new study from WalletHub ranked Illinois as the fourth best state for teachers.
With education jobs among the lowest-paying occupations requiring a bachelor’s degree, and teacher salaries consistently failing to keep up with inflation, many teachers find themselves overworked and underpaid.
In some states, however, teachers are more fairly paid and treated than in others. Those states are less likely to face a revolving door of teacher turnover. To help America’s educators find the best opportunities and teaching environments, WalletHub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 22 key indicators of teacher-friendliness.
This combination of job pressures, low pay and lack of mobility forces many teachers to quit soon after they start. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about a fifth of all public-school teachers leave their positions before the end of their first year. Nearly half last fewer than five. Many teachers, especially novices, transfer to other schools or abandon the profession altogether “as the result of feeling overwhelmed, ineffective, and unsupported,” according to ASCD, a nonprofit focused on improving the education community.
WalletHub evaluated the two dimensions (“Opportunity & Competition” and “Academic & Work Environment”) using 22 relevant metrics, which are listed here with their corresponding weights. Each metric, some of which include Average Starting Salary for Teachers, Teachers’ Income Growth Potential and Quality of School System was graded on a 100-point scale, with a score of 100 representing the most favorable conditions for living and working as a teacher.
Finally, they determined each state and the District’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate its overall score and used the resulting scores to rank-order the sample.
You can see the full methodology here.