States with the highest public school teacher salaries, adjusted for cost of living:
At the other end, states with the lowest teacher salaries
- South Dakota
- New Hampshire
The green bars in the chart below show the average teacher salary for each state, adjusted for differences in cost of living; the gray marks show the average salary before factoring in cost of living.
As a New York resident, it doesn’t surprise me to see that we have the highest salaries for teachers before COL adjustment. Even so, New York teacher salaries are among the top ten in the nation even after taking COL into account.