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What is the best state as of right now to be a teacher in right now?

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Melissa’s Answer

Absolutely NONE! The best advice I can give to any young person who is contemplating a career as a teacher is to rethink your options and avoid becoming a teacher all together. I’m in my 19th year as a special education HS teacher, primarily for at-risk youth. I had to get out mid-year. Teachers, especially in southern states, are blamed for everything wrong with America, not paid a living wage, and just generally just crapped on. If you want to be treated as if you’re expendable, make little to no salary, pay ginormous health insurance premiums per month to insure your family, be treated as if you’re a child, etc etc - I literally could go on all day, then this is the job for you. If you want your college education to mean something, then I suggest you find another career to enter.
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Cole’s Answer

There are many pessimistic answers out there, but if you are passionate about teaching I suggest you go for it. There are certainly states that are not great for teachers. Personally, I know Arizona is quite low paid and under represented. I would recommend Alaska as teachers are paid significantly more up there, if you can bear the conditions.
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Teri’s Answer

#1 - You have to be passionate about teaching! This is a second career for me and I never before thought I would be interested in teaching as a career, but once I started working in a Title I school as a volunteer, then substitute teacher, I fell in love with the students and realized our youth across America need great educators. I agree teachers are not paid their worth across our country; however, I work in IL and have found my district pays fairly well, especially as you add on additional courses and degrees. To give you an idea of salary, I have a Master of Science in Education (Special-Education) and earn >$50k a year in my first year. You'll want to research the cost of living compared to average teaching salaries because someone making $50K a year might be heavily taxed in that state (also the case in IL). Also, benefits for teachers vary widely, to include how maternity leave is covered and flexibility with retirement plans. If you are not sure about teaching, consider it as a second career when you know you love working with children or teenagers. Other careers where you can be working with students in schools include social worker, counselor, psychologist, speech-language pathologist, occupational-therapy, and physical therapy. Those pay on a different scale depending on the district and may provide greater salaries and benefits.
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