New York and New Jersey are among the 10 best states for teachers, according to a new analysis that ranks states in terms of teacher friendliness.

The new ranking from WalletHub reveals that teachers in some states face tougher battles when it comes to salary, class size and per-pupil spending.

Teaching isn’t an easy job–the nation’s classroom teachers are often overworked, left without important resources and funding, and dip into their own pockets to purchase necessary items for their classrooms.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about a fifth of all newly minted public-school teachers leave their positions before the end of their first year, and nearly half never last more than five.

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