In a WalletHub.com study titled “2016’s Best and Worst States for Teachers,” Oklahoma ranks No. 36. In “Job opportunity and competition rank,” Oklahoma is No. 25. In “Academic and Work Environment Rank,” Oklahoma is No. 37. The study reports that Oklahoma is No. 48 in “public spending per student,” ahead of Utah, Arizona and Indiana. However, the five states with the lowest teacher salaries are Arizona, West Virginia, Maine, South Dakota and Hawaii.
According to the study, education jobs are some of the lowest-paying occupations that require a bachelor’s degree, and their salaries consistently fail to keep up with inflation.