SC ranks # 41 in best condition to be a teacher, study finds




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South Carolina continues to rank among the bottom 10 states for teachers, according to a new study.

Palmetto State ranks # 41 in a new list of the best states to be a teacher, according to a new study from personal finance website WalletHub.

Neighboring Georgia ranked No. 12; North Carolina ranked No. 33 and Tennessee ranked No. 38, according to the rankings.

The study was compiled using data from the US Census Bureau, US Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Bureau of Labor Statistics and other organizations, according to the site’s methodology page. . Ranking criteria include teacher salaries and pensions, growth in public school enrollment, tenure policy, digital learning plans, teacher turnover, etc.

Ranking methods change from year to year, which is why WalletHub spokesperson Diana Polk advises against directly comparing this year’s ranking to previous years. However, recent rankings have also placed SC in or near the bottom 10 states for teachers. In 2020, SC ranked # 40; in 2019, SC ranked 44th and in 2018, SC ranked 45th, Polk said in an email.

In recent years, South Carolina lawmakers have attempted to tackle the state’s teacher shortage by increasing salaries, The State reported previously. Local school districts, seeking to minimize turnover exacerbated by work stress from COVID-19 and improve working conditions, have offered teachers and other district staff unique bonuses.

WalletHub provided the state with some of the South Carolina specific rankings that do not appear in the public portion of the study. Here are some highlights:

  • Average starting salary for teachers: $ 37,754 (class # 34)
  • Average teacher salary: $ 53,619 (# 33)
  • Average teachers’ pension: $ 20,640 (# 37)
  • Student / teacher ratio: 14.69 (n ° 24)
  • Public school spending per student: $ 10,945 (# 41)
  • Projected share of teacher turnover: 8.6% (n ° 34)
  • Percentage of teachers who feel supported by the administration: 54% (n ° 14)

This story was originally published September 20, 2021 11:44 am.

Lucas Daprile has been covering University of South Carolina and Higher Education since March 2018. Prior to working for The State, he graduated from Ohio University and worked as an investigative reporter at TCPalm in Stuart, Florida. Lucas has received several awards from the SC Press Association, including education reporting, article series and corporate reporting.
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