Sean Ahern sent us this piece from nprED on teacher salaries compared state by state (and DC) but also factoring in the cost of living in the region.
If we go on salary alone, NYS teachers are number one in the country. However, if we put in the cost of living, NYS teacher salaries go from 1st in the nation to 17th. If we just did NYC, I can bet we come even lower down on the list.
Michigan, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey are the states with the highest teacher pay when factoring in the cost of living.
The bottom five are: Hawaii, Maine, South Dakota, Arizona and Utah.
Note that West Virginia and Oklahoma where teachers are rebelling are not in that bottom five if we adjust for cost of living.