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If you’ve ever thought of becoming a teacher, you’ve probably wondered where the best state to work would be. But when you look at salaries geographically, you have to take into account cost of living. For instance, New York pays the highest ($75,279!), but dollars don’t go far in those parts. Figuring out where you might earn the most, quickly, is complicated. Well, leave it to us.

While teachers’ wages should be higher, many educators are making a comfortable salary—depending on where they live. We adjusted 2012–2013 state salary averages for elementary and secondary school teachers using the 2013 Cost of Living Index to find the 10 states that actually pay teachers the most…

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