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MIAMI - JUNE 16: English teacher Radka Tomasek speaks to the class at the English Center June 16, 2006 in Miami, Florida. The school holds adult education classes that include English language classes for people who have immigrated to the United States. U.S. President George W. Bush recently said, ?Part of the greatness of America is that we've been able to help assimilate people into our society... And part of that assimilation process is English. I believe this: If you learn English, and you're a hard worker, and you have a dream, you have the capacity from going from picking crops to owning the store, or from sweeping office floors to being an office manager.? (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

While teachers likely have one of the most important jobs out there, it is often a thankless one, with many teachers being overworked and underpaid, and definitely underappreciated. And that’s even more so thanks to the coronavirus and many teachers having to adapt to remote teaching. But some states do a better job than others at treating their teachers fairly, and a new report reveals which ones they are.

24/7 Tempo just came out with their list of the best and worst states to be a teacher. They based their findings on things like average annual teacher pay, student-teacher ratio, percentage of new teachers expected to remain long enough to get a pension, and more. With all that in mind, Rhode Island was named the Best State to be a Teacher. Teachers in Rhode Island earn the seventh-highest pay in the country at $74,414. They also have the 12th-lowest student-teacher ratio, which just 12.2 students per teacher. The state also has one of the most generous retirement systems, with 59% of new teachers likely to stick around to get it.

Top Ten States To Be A Teacher

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Connecticut
  3. New Jersey
  4. New York
  5. Massachusetts
  6. Virginia
  7. Illinois
  8. Tennessee
  9. Ohio
  10. Arkansas