Annual median salary: $66,000
Cost of living index: 134.7
Massachusetts has quite a lot of great universities and colleges, and it sure does not lose in having great educational institutions offering special education programs. They have an average demand for special education teachers and also pay them several notches higher than the national average. The only downside of being a special education teacher here is their especially high cost of living rates. You get paid well, only to spend most of it on your rent and food. You could most probably make little sacrifices on the things you want to give more way to the things you really need.