Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse? (2023)

With schools reopening across dozens of states this month, some education leaders are ringing the alarm: There aren’t enough teachers to fill open positions right now.

In Texas, teachers are deserting the classroom at high rates, with Houston alone reporting nearly 1,000 vacancies in early August. In Maryland, more than 5,500 teachers reportedly left the profession in 2022, leaving Baltimore with an estimated 600 to 700 vacancies going into the fall.

Department of Education officials in Pennsylvania are calling that state’s shortage a “crisis,” and experts there say the state will need “thousands” of new teachers by 2025.

Kansas is facing what has been called the most severe teacher shortage it has ever had: about 1,400 teaching jobs are unfilled. In Florida, there are about 8,000 teacher vacancies, up from 5,000 at the start of school last year. The shortage is reportedly also dire in other states, including Nevada, California, Illinois, Arizona, and Missouri. Some experts say that even school districts that don’t usually face shortages are struggling with vacancies, and it’s hard to hire teachers even for subjects that are typically easy to fill.

Meanwhile, teachers have made it plain that they are unhappy. Seventy-four percent of respondents in the American Federation of Teachers’ June survey of nearly 2,400 members were dissatisfied with the job, up from 41 percent in 2020, and 40 percent said they’d probably leave the profession in the next two years.

Teacher shortages are nothing new. The teaching profession has been perennially plagued by shortages for the last 50 years. But what’s happening this year might seem like a perfect storm: Long-term trends in the profession and a healthy job market in other fields are colliding with a couple of extremely difficult years in the classroom.

A mass exodus from teaching, as more teachers quit and fewer newly minted educators are available to take their place, feels like it makes intuitive sense this year.

But is it actually happening? The US does not collect timely, detailed national data about teacher employment, so it’s difficult to definitively conclude whether there is a national teacher shortage going into the 2022-23 school year. That has led to practitioners, education policy experts, and union leaders talking past one another.

The first uncertainty is how a shortage is even defined. “There are so many different measures of teacher shortages, and there’s no national standardized definition of what a teacher shortage is,” said Josh Bleiberg, a post-doctoral researcher studying school reform at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University, who recently co-wrote a working paper about the challenges of studying the teacher labor market in real time.

On the one hand, local news outlets are reporting on shortages in response to local vacancy numbers provided by school district leaders and principals, and union leaders are speaking out based on survey data from their member bases or other preliminary information. And on the other hand, there are policy experts looking at state-level data who are more cautious about making declarative teacher turnover claims about what’s happening nationwide.

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“People talk about shortages from different perspectives and both of those perspectives are right, but they can lead to different conclusions,” said Matt Kraft, a professor of education and economics at Brown University who co-wrote the paper. “So if I’m a school leader, I can very authentically say, ‘I don’t have the people I need.’ And then someone else can be sitting at the state or national level and be looking at the numbers and saying, ‘There is no shortage.’”

Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse? (1) Paul Bersebach/MediaNews Group/Orange County Register via Getty Images

While these data challenges complicate the teacher shortage debate, educators, education leaders, and experts at every level seem to agree that a crisis lies in how little America values its teachers and how transparent this has become in the last few years.

“There is definitely a crisis of morale and confidence. The belief that one can do good work and do good for young people and have a rewarding, satisfying career in teaching has gone down the tubes,” said Dirck Roosevelt, the director of doctoral specialization in teacher education at Columbia University’s Teachers College. “That’s been coming for a long time.”

What we know about the teacher shortage

Some communities have always struggled to hire teachers. Urban school districts that typically serve Black and brown students have traditionally faced shortages: Richard Ingersoll, a professor of education and sociology at Penn GSE and leading expert on the country’s teaching force, told Vox that “high-poverty, high-minority, urban, and rural public schools” have had among the highest rates of turnover, based on analyses of several decades.

“When we talked about teacher shortages in 2015 or 2010 or even 2000, we were talking about shortages in communities of color, in particular,” said Jacqueline Rodriguez, the vice president of research, policy, and advocacy at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. “We were talking about communities that were traditionally under-resourced.”

This year, she’s seeing more examples of those struggles spreading to wealthier, whiter districts, too. In Virginia, wealthier communities in the Washington, DC, suburbs, including Alexandria, Crystal City, and McLean, usually have no trouble attracting teachers, but “they’re seeing huge percentage decreases in submissions of applications, or, in some cases, they don’t have any to choose from,” she said. That situation would be nothing out of the ordinary in Norfolk, Virginia, where the schools in the poorest neighborhoods have struggled for years to keep teachers.

“The types of inequities that students had to navigate over the last several decades have always existed for students of color, but they are only now permeating white communities,” Rodriguez said. “And we’re starting to recognize that the teacher shortage is not simply about the pandemic.”

The American teaching workforce is huge: In 2018, there were 3.5 million teachers in public and charter schools. So far, there is no comprehensive national data about teacher turnover, so the understanding of teacher shortages rests on these anecdotes from individual schools, districts, and some states.

“I think what is clear among all the noise is that there hasn’t been a mass exodus. In some districts there have been elevated rates of teachers leaving,” said Heather Schwartz, senior policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. “‘Mass exodus’ is an undefined term. But we may all think of it as doubling or tripling the normal attrition rate and we have not seen that.”

Some data sources suggest that the number of teachers really has declined, even if it hasn’t yet hit mass exodus levels. There were about 270,000 fewer school staffers in July 2022 — including teachers, bus drivers, counselors, and librarians — than there were in January 2020, according to preliminary data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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Bleiberg and Kraft, using both national and state-level data, found that overall employment in the K-12 labor market declined by 9.3 percent at the onset of the pandemic and was still 4 percent below pre-pandemic levels in March 2022.

A survey from RAND of 291 school district leaders, released in July, found that 58 percent of district leaders foresee a small shortage this year and 17 percent anticipate a large shortage. The survey also found that more than three-quarters of district leaders said that they have expanded their teaching staff, in some cases including substitute teachers, above pre-pandemic levels as of spring 2022.

Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse? (2) Matt Rourke/AP

Ingersoll pointed to heavy pre-retirement quit rates — teachers leaving the profession who aren’t old enough to retire — though the evidence so far is largely local or anecdotal.

“In economic downtimes, there won’t be a surge in retirement and quitting. Sure, teaching may make people unhappy, but if there aren’t [other job] options out there, people won’t leave,” he said. “As the economy improves, there will probably be a huge pent-up surge in teacher quitting and teacher retirement. And in fact, it looks like that’s what’s happening.”

Why there is record teacher dissatisfaction

The usual culprits for teacher dissatisfaction are ever-present. About 75 percent of pre-K to grade 12 teachers who participated in the AFT survey reported that conditions have changed for the worse over the past five years.

The reasons included their workload, greater responsibilities, unrealistic expectations, student behavioral issues, pay that doesn’t keep up with inflation, a lack of support from school leadership, and a lack of support from parents. About 74 percent of respondents said they would not recommend the teaching profession to a prospective new teacher. (Other large surveys of teachers from the National Education Association, the largest labor union in the country, and RAND tell a similar story.)

While these factors have been at the root of teacher satisfaction for a long time, experts are identifying new stressors that, coupled with burnout, are pushing teachers over the edge.

“There’s been a whiplash during the pandemic. At the beginning, teachers were celebrated and told they should be paid a million dollars. Later on, they were told they were incredibly selfish,” said Roosevelt, of Columbia University. Teachers were viewed as heroes for being on the front lines during the early days of the pandemic, with many of them quickly transitioning to online instruction to keep the learning going. But when it came time to return to the classroom, at the risk of sacrificing their health and that of their family’s, many teachers wanted to draw the line.

“The massive demoralization of the teaching force is a huge problem. There are lots of indications of teacher unhappiness and teachers expressing a desire or an intent to leave the profession,” said Roosevelt. “If teachers are profoundly demoralized, that’s going to affect the quality of their teaching, sooner or later.”

Teachers also face a lack of trust that’s been growing for decades, Roosevelt said, with the “relentless tsunamis of mandates related to what to teach, what not to teach, and the endless folly of how to measure everything.” Mandates, restrictions, and top-down oversight has eroded teachers’ professional democratic autonomy, according to Roosevelt.

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Though salaries do influence a teacher’s decision to remain in the field, they haven’t historically been the biggest factor in the decision. “When we analyze the data on teacher quitting and turnover, salaries and benefits do matter but not as much as how much say, how much voice, and how much support teachers say they have,” said Ingersoll. “Those kinds of factors are more frequently cited by teachers as what made them decide to leave.”

Still, the “teacher pay penalty,” the reality that teachers are paid less than their non-teacher college-educated counterparts, has gotten worse over time. A new study from the Economic Policy Institute, an independent nonprofit think tank, found that the weekly wages of teachers have remained relatively flat for nearly three decades.

Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse? (3) Courtesy of Ivory Bennett

For Ivory Bennett, 31, formerly a 12th grade English teacher in Dallas and her school’s cheerleading coach, the decision to leave the profession just before the start of the 2021 school year, which would have been her seventh year in the classroom, was a difficult one. “It was very hard, but I had to do it for three reasons,” Bennett told Vox.

First, she felt undervalued in her school community. “I felt like I was being hazed, constantly. I was treated unkindly and did not feel respected or supported. The vibe was soul-sucking and joy-depleting. Also, there was little emphasis on actual academia and too much emphasis on state testing,” she said. Bennett realized that teaching took a toll on her physical and mental well-being. “I was being treated with so much disregard and ultimately decided to prioritize my health,” she said.

And then there’s the compensation. As a teacher with a master’s degree in education, Bennett said she wasn’t getting paid enough for what was expected of her. During her final year as a teacher, she earned $57,500, up from about $26,000 during her first year as a teacher in Oklahoma City.

She walked away knowing that her students probably wouldn’t have an English teacher or a cheer coach that year. Bennett now works for a nonprofit where she trains first- and second-year teachers.

Are teachers leaving the classroom en masse? (4) Courtesy of Ivory Bennett

“I think it’s worse now than it has been,” said Roosevelt. “There has not been a golden era for teachers in this country, but there were many generations where a teacher could find some honor in the work in some parts of society. They wouldn’t necessarily get paid well, but they felt they were doing something that was valuable and important. There was a certain camaraderie that existed, and we just don’t have that now.”

State-level legislation, like bans on how teachers talk about race, gender identity, and sexual orientation, along with discussions about arming teachers in schools and mask and testing mandates, have only exacerbated existing tension around school-based culture wars, going back to the fight over whether to teach evolution or the Bible.

The tug-of-war over whether parents, teachers, district administrators, or state legislators make the decisions is finally driving more teachers out. About 88 percent of teachers in the AFT survey said education was “becoming too politicized” where they worked and 82 percent said that, where they worked, educators were becoming targets of political and ideological attacks.

“We as a public, and as legislators, decided that they didn’t do a good enough job of making decisions as experts in their own fields, so we need to start legislating how and what they teach,” Rodriguez said. “We undervalued the teaching profession, and then we legislated against what teachers knew was in the best interest of kids, which includes things like social-emotional learning, trauma-informed instruction, and being culturally responsive.”

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Teachers are worried about how vacancies would impact their ability to be effective in the classroom.

“In the last two years, I’ve had to be five teachers — for a semester long in two cases — in addition to my own class load as we have people leave mid-year or can’t find candidates to hire,” said Nick Clark, a Fort Worth, Texas, high school calculus teacher who has been teaching for 15 years. “I don’t have the time to meaningfully plan, grade, or mentor the extra students and still be highly effective for my own students.”

Some states like Texas are looking into loosening certification requirements. Others are relying on long-term substitutes, and Florida is considering allowing veterans without bachelor’s degrees or teaching experience to lead classrooms. Other districts are having teachers cover extra classes and sometimes asking administrators or district personnel to step in. Some are hiring teachers on the spot at job fairs, increasing salary offers, or enticing educators with four-day workweeks.

Teachers have a bigger impact on student achievement than any other factor at school, and experts warn that some quick fixes could backfire if they recruit teachers who are unprepared.

One-fifth of the new teacher hires in the country have never had any practice with kids ahead of time, Ingersoll said, and beginning teachers have among the highest rates of turnover of any group of teachers. Overall, more than 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years. The lower entry standards also risk de-professionalizing the field.

The constant turnover prevents educators from building a pool of knowledge about best practices within the field and doesn’t allow young practitioners to learn from older ones. “You certainly don’t get people sticking around long enough to gain the protections of tenure, or the self-confidence to stand up to policies that they think are wrong or to advocate for good policies,” said Roosevelt.

Students, perhaps, have the most to lose in the face of teacher shortages. “Their learning losses are stacking up, and their self-confidence declines,” Clark, the high school teacher, said. “I do my best to be available, but having 300+ students just isn’t tenable. The extra load and duties make coming back less and less appealing every year.”

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Which states have the highest teacher shortages? ›

Mississippi saw the highest teacher-to-student vacancy rate in the 2021-22 school year. The state reported having nearly 69 missing teachers per 10,000 students. In comparison, Utah had less than one missing teacher per 10,000 students.

Why do so many people leave teaching? ›

For those planning to leave within two years, workload was the key motivation for 65% of respondents, while concerns about the level of trust in teachers from the public and government were also a significant factor. Teachers also cited pay and accountability as reasons to consider leaving.

Is it true that teachers may have more than 6 hours of teaching but not exceeding 9 hours? ›

Any teacher engaged in actual classroom instruction shall not be required to render more than six hours of actual classroom teaching a day, which shall be so scheduled as to give him time for the preparation and correction of exercises and other work incidental to his normal teaching duties: Provided, however, That ...

Is there a teacher shortage UK 2022? ›

New education secretary Kit Malthouse has been urged to prioritise teacher shortages as new analysis suggests the government could recruit nearly 6,000 fewer secondary trainees than required this year. It would mean ministers missing recruitment targets for the ninth time in ten years.

How can we fix the teacher shortage? ›

Increase Funding for Teachers and Schools

Federal or state grants might draw more prospective teachers to preparation programs in academic areas where there is a scarcity of teachers. Federal programs for college loan forgiveness might encourage more teachers to look for jobs in high-needs schools.

What caused the teacher shortage? ›

Shortages have been driven by a shrinking teacher education pipeline, high rates of turnover, and increased demand as districts replaced positions cut during the Great Recession and expanded staffing using federal COVID-19 relief funding to address increased vacancies and to support learning needs.

Why do teachers leave the classroom? ›

Teachers often cite working conditions, such as the support of their principals and the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues, as the top reason for leaving. More than 1 in 4 teachers who leave say they do so to pursue other career opportunities.

Why do teachers remain in the classroom? ›

In a supportive community , teachers feel valued, wanted, and motivated, which in turn encourages teachers to remain in the profession. “Without the support of the community, beginning teachers will continue to leave the profession for other endeavors which afford them positive feelings of efficacy and accomplishment.

What to say when a teacher leaves the school? ›

Wishing you the very best for your next adventure, (NAME) will certainly miss you and your (Insert asset – eg creativity, kind words, guidance.) Thank you and good luck.” “Wishing you luck and best wishes for your next adventure, we know you will make a fantastic impression. Thank you!”

How many hours do teachers actually teach? ›

Full-time secondary teachers spend almost as much time on management, administration, marking and lesson planning each week (20.1 hours) as they do on actually teaching pupils (20.5 hours).

How much time do teachers spend actually teaching? ›

Primary school teachers will spend roughly 19 hours a week in the classroom – that's 32% of their time. Secondary school teachers, meanwhile, spent 19.6 hours a week in the classroom, or around 35% of their working week.

How many hours should a teacher stay in the school? ›

No. 4670 pertains to the time devoted to actual classroom teaching which shall not exceed six (6) hours a day; and. The remaining two (2) hours of work to complete the required eight-hour workday may be spent within or outside the school premises subject to the guidelines of the Secretary of Education.

Why are teachers leaving the profession UK? ›

Members tell us that high workload and workplace stress are significant contributors. 44% of England's state-school teachers plan to quit by 2027, according to the latest NEU poll. Half of those (22%) intend to leave within two years. Schools are struggling to fill vacant posts, leading to a doubling up of roles.

What is the teacher dropout rate? ›

And yet about 8 percent of teachers leave the profession every year, federal data have long shown. Younger teachers, and those early in their careers, are among the most likely to leave teaching.

Are teachers salaries increasing in 2022? ›

The pay figures in the STPCD reflect the Government's proposed real terms cuts to teacher pay. With RPI inflation at 12.6% in September 2022, the 5% increase for most teachers and the slightly higher increases for starting pay and early career teachers represent another huge real terms pay cut.

How does teacher shortage affect students? ›

Teacher shortages can significantly depress student achievement, as schools often cancel courses due to vacancies or staff classes with substitutes and underprepared teachers who are not certified to teach their subject matter.

Which country has a shortage of teachers? ›

The top 10 teacher shortage countries showing the overly imbalanced ratio of the teacher to students are shown in the table above.
What Countries Need More Teachers and How Much Can You Make?
RankCountryTeacher:Pupil Ratio (1:)
2Solomon Islands101.03
3Sierra Leone66.65
4Cabo Verde61.27
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17 Aug 2022

How do you overcome lack of resources in the classroom? ›

Tips for Teaching with Limited Classroom Resources
  1. THE SOLUTION: Group activities. ...
  2. THE SOLUTION: Treat your chalkboard like a textbook in the making. ...
  3. THE SOLUTION: Flip-chart paper. ...
  4. THE SOLUTION: A layered lesson. ...
  5. THE SOLUTION: A movie night with your laptop. ...
  6. THE SOLUTION: Read or record one yourself.
17 Aug 2021

How many teachers are leaving the profession? ›

In a typical year, about 8 percent of teachers leave, but this year saw more teachers leave in the middle of the school year than normal.

Why is teacher burnout so high? ›

More than half of teachers in 2022 said their time for planning was significantly impacted due to staff shortages and a host of other reasons. If teachers don't have planning time at school, they have to make up for it at home, encroaching on their work-life balance, which can contribute to burnout.

Is there really a teacher shortage? ›

With all this data, the researchers estimate that there are more than 36,500 teacher vacancies in the nation. They also estimate that there are more than 163,500 positions filled by teachers who aren't fully certified or are not certified in the subject area they're teaching.

Are more teachers quitting? ›

Overall, more than 44 percent of new teachers leave the profession within five years.

How many teachers quit each year? ›

Typically, 8 percent of teachers leave the profession every year.

How many teachers quit 5 years? ›

44% of teachers quit in the first five years.

And they don't just quit their current positions - they often leave teaching altogether. This is a much higher rate than most other occupations in the U.S., including those known for high burnout rates, such as police officers.

How can teacher retention be improved? ›

Teacher Retention Strategies: Ideas to Keep Great Educators
  1. Support Teacher Wellness. Throughout the pandemic, the notion of “normalcy” didn't really exist. ...
  2. Promote growth opportunities. ...
  3. Cultivate a positive school culture. ...
  4. Offer Employee Assistance Programs. ...
  5. Teachers who feel supported are teachers who stay.
18 May 2022

How do teachers feel about online learning? ›

Teachers in all-remote environments reported higher student absenteeism and less student work completion than teachers in face-to-face classrooms. These online teachers also said that they needed more support and guidance in planning instruction than their colleagues who were teaching in-person.

Why does teaching require long years? ›

Teaching profession requires long years od initial professional education and continuing professional development after long arduous initial professional development in order for the aspiring teachers to acquire an adequate knowledge and skills that they can apply in their teaching profession.

How do teachers say goodbye students? ›

Give them a day or two to think of something positive and memorable to say about the person whose name they chose. It can be about something they did in class for someone else, an assignment they did that was special, or anything that highlights an achievement during the school year.

How do you say goodbye to your students when you are leaving? ›

30 Best Farewell Messages for Students
  1. Dream big if you want to get a big success in life.
  2. Use your knowledge and wisdom for self-improvement.
  3. Wishing you the very best for your future.
  4. Thank you for being part of this incredible journey.
  5. Your wisdom is your strength in life.

What is the best message for teacher? ›

Wishing you joy and happiness, you are an amazing teacher, and you only deserve the best. You are the spark, the inspiration, the guide, the candle to my life. I am deeply thankful that you are my teacher. Books, sports, homework and knowledge, you are the pillar of our success and in the classroom, you are the best.

Is it normal for teachers to be exhausted? ›

Fatigue and sleep issues: A full day of teaching is enough to make anyone feel tired, but if you're experiencing fatigue before you even get to school, you may need a break. However, those experiencing burnout often struggle with insomnia, which can turn into a vicious cycle.

How much do teachers make an hour? ›

The average hourly wage for a Public School Teacher in the United States is $27 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $22 and $33.

What do teachers spend most time doing? ›

Planning lessons can take several hours a week.

For many teachers, planning lessons is one of the most time-consuming aspects of the job. "I spend most time planning and prepping lessons for each day," Elizabeth Fela, a sixth-grade teacher from Illinois. "Planning for four different lessons a day is a lot of work.

How many hours do teachers teach a day? ›

Generally, teachers spend between three and six hours each day in the classroom, though there is no set rule on how teaching time is distributed throughout the year.

How many hours is full-time in teaching? ›

All teachers are also subject to the provisions of the Working Time Regulations which seek to place a 48-hour limit on the average working week.

How much planning time should a teacher have? ›

Specifically, each classroom teacher is entitled to at least 450 minutes within each two-week period for instructional preparation including parent-teacher conferences, evaluating students' work, and planning. A planning period may not be less than 45 minutes within the instructional day.

How many days a year do teachers actually work? ›

Most teachers are signing contracts for 180 days of work every year, so at first glance, it might look like it's a sweet summers-off gig. But nearly all teachers (including me) will confirm that they work a lot, LOT more—and we are not paid for that work. So just how many hours do teachers actually put in each year?

Are teachers required to work on weekends? ›

Teachers are not required to report on Saturdays and Sundays – The Department of Education (DepEd) reiterates the implementation of Paragraph 12 of DepEd Order No.

Why do teachers quit after 5 years? ›

Teacher burnout and low pay have always been an issue with teacher retention. Many teachers have expressed that they lost aspects of the profession that they loved during virtual teaching or that their district's response to Covid-19 played a part in their new interest in leaving the profession.

Are teachers leaving 2022? ›

Almost 2 in 5 teachers plan to quit in the next two years, according to a June survey of members of the American Federation of Teachers union.

Why are teachers leaving the profession UK 2022? ›

Leaving because of financial pressures

Lead researcher Simon Gibbons, director of Teacher Education at King's College London, said: "The pandemic affected each new teacher in different ways and so the current generic approach fell short of what was needed.

Is teaching a hard job? ›

Teaching is definitely a tough, misunderstood job. Maybe it's because we all went to school (see reason No. 2) or perhaps it has to do with the way teaching has been depicted in movies, but for some reason lots of folks underestimate the difficulty of being a teacher.

What do teachers do after they quit? ›

For example, if you're an English teacher, the transition to a freelance writer could be a logical career move.
  • Childcare Worker. ...
  • Sales Representative. ...
  • Financial Advisor. ...
  • Freelance Writer. ...
  • Corporate Trainer. ...
  • Tour Guide. ...
  • Human Resource Specialist. ...
  • Digital Marketer.
5 May 2022

How many newly qualified teachers quit? ›

Among newly qualified teachers, the number who left within one year rose from 11.7 per cent in 2020, to 12.5 per cent last year. Again, this is still below the pre-pandemic levels (it was 14.6 per cent in 2019).

How do teachers move up the main pay scale? ›

Moving up the main teacher pay scale is also dependent on experience. Schools may award discretionary points based on relevant experience.

Is teacher pay rise confirmed? ›

The new pay scales for teachers and school leaders for 2022-23 have been confirmed by the Department for Education. It follows the announcement earlier this year of a 5 per cent increase for most teachers and leaders, and an 8.9 per cent increase in starting salaries.

What date do teachers get paid? ›

Details of payment

Temporary teachers are paid on the twelfth working day of the month and are paid for all temporary days/hours worked in the previous month. Permanent and pro-rata teachers are paid on the last working day of the month and they are paid for the current month worked.

Which teachers are most in demand? ›

No matter where you are, it's a great time to become a teacher.
  • English as a Second Language (ESL). ESL educators are some of the most in demand teachers. ...
  • Math Teaching. Another teacher subject in demand is mathematics. ...
  • Science Teaching. What about science teachers? ...
  • Social Studies Teaching. ...
  • Special Education Teaching.
18 Dec 2020

Does the US have a teacher shortage? ›

The National Education Association estimates there's a shortage of roughly 300,000 teachers and staff across the U.S. The teacher shortage is particularly pronounced in rural school districts, where the need for special education teachers and STEM teachers is high.

What is the best state to be a teacher? ›

Overall ranking of best and worst states for teachers in 2022
RankStateOverall score
1New York3.80
4New Jersey4.77
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31 May 2022

Which state has the highest teacher salary? ›

Pennsylvania, California and New York have the highest average teacher salaries in the country, compared to all other occupations.

What type of teacher makes the most money? ›

Professor. When you are looking for the best-paid teaching jobs for your area of interest or specialized skill, then you may consider working as a professor in a college or university. A college professor prepares course material, teaches students in a classroom environment, and grades student work.

What is the best subject to teach? ›

Best Subjects to Teach in the Classroom
  • Art.
  • Biology.
  • Chemistry.
  • English.
  • French.
  • Health & PE.
  • Mathematics.
  • Music Education.
21 Dec 2021

How much do teachers get paid? ›

Click on the state names in the table to view the Best Places to Teach ranking for that state:
StateAverage Starting Salary
State AlabamaAverage Starting Salary $38,477
State AlaskaAverage Starting Salary $46,785
State ArizonaAverage Starting Salary $34,068
State ArkansasAverage Starting Salary $33,973
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1 Sept 2017

Why is teacher burnout so high? ›

More than half of teachers in 2022 said their time for planning was significantly impacted due to staff shortages and a host of other reasons. If teachers don't have planning time at school, they have to make up for it at home, encroaching on their work-life balance, which can contribute to burnout.

Where teachers are paid the most? ›

Highest-Paid Teachers By State
RankState90th Percentile
3New York$89,000
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2 Aug 2022

How many teachers are leaving the profession? ›

In a typical year, about 8 percent of teachers leave, but this year saw more teachers leave in the middle of the school year than normal.

Who is the highest paid teacher in the world? ›

Luxembourg. According to an OECD report, Luxembourg (a European country) has the highest-paid teachers in the world. Another source indicates that a bachelor's degree holder is entitled to an initial salary of €67,000 (US $70,323.20) per annum at the start of their teaching career.

Which state has the lowest teacher salary? ›

Mississippi has the lowest average teacher salary of $45,574, followed by West Virginia with $47,826. The other states with average teacher salaries under $50,000 a year are New Mexico, Florida, South Dakota, Kansas, and Arizona.
Teacher Pay by State 2022.
StateTeacher Salary
South Dakota$49,761
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Which country is best for teachers? ›

Article Contents:
  • Best for job availability: China.
  • Best for job benefits: South Korea.
  • Best for professional development: Japan.
  • Best for teaching and traveling: Vietnam.
  • Best for non-native English teachers: Thailand.
  • Best for country infrastructure: Taiwan.
  • Best for work-life balance: Spain.
5 Oct 2022

How much do teachers make an hour? ›

The average hourly wage for a Public School Teacher in the United States is $27 as of September 26, 2022, but the range typically falls between $22 and $33.

What is the highest paying job? ›

Highest Paying Occupations
General internal medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
Family medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
Emergency medicine physiciansThis wage is equal to or greater than $208,000 per year
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8 Sept 2022

What is the best state to teach elementary school in? ›

Best States for Teachers
  1. Washington. Washington's overall score of 56.28 makes it the best state in the U.S. for teachers, ranking second for Opportunity & Competition and tenth for Academic & Work Environment. ...
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