Study ranks Hawaii 5th worst state for teachers

According to a recently released study, Hawaii is the 5th worst state for teaching opportunities.

The personal finance social network WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2014’s Best and Worst States for Teachers. In light of World Teachers Day on Oct. 5, the company analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 18 key metrics, ranging from median starting salary to unemployment rate to teacher job openings per capita.

Here’s how Hawaii fared, with 1st being the best and 25th average:

    • 51st — Average Starting Salaries and Median Annual Salaries (the absolute low)
    • 38th — Percentage of Population Ages 5 to 17 by Year 2030
    • 27th — 10-Year Change in Teacher Salaries
    • 37th — Pupil to Teacher Ratio
    • 46th — Public School Spending per Student
    • 41st — Commute Time
    • 36th — Teachers Wage Disparity

The five best states for teachers, according to the study, are Wyoming, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Massachusetts and Virginia. The five worst, with Hawaii coming in at number 47, are South Dakota, West Virginia, Mississippi and North Carolina.

Data used to create these rankings came courtesy of the U.S. Census Bureau, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the National Education Association, the National Center for Educational Statistics, the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center, CareerOneStop, Indeed.com and WalletHub Research.

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