These Are The 10 States With The Highest Account Executive Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay account executives the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do account executives get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for account executives by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for account executives by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for account executives after this adjustment? That would be Advertising Sales Agents.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Georgia
  2. New York
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Utah
  5. Colorado
  6. Nevada
  7. Illinois
  8. Minnesota
  9. Texas
  10. Massachusetts

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for account executives from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $74840, so our index value would be:

$74,840 * (100 / 135.9) = $55,069

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for account executives.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Account Executive Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Georgia $85,339 $78,000 91.4
2 New York $69,022 $90,420 131.0
3 Pennsylvania $67,652 $68,600 101.4
4 Utah $66,000 $61,380 93.0
5 Colorado $62,822 $65,210 103.8
6 Nevada $62,545 $64,610 103.3
7 Illinois $62,515 $59,140 94.6
8 Minnesota $62,113 $62,610 100.8
9 Texas $60,033 $54,450 90.7
10 Massachusetts $57,676 $76,940 133.4
11 New Jersey $57,645 $70,270 121.9
12 Virginia $57,579 $58,040 100.8
13 Connecticut $57,133 $72,960 127.7
14 Florida $57,080 $56,110 98.3
15 Ohio $57,014 $53,480 93.8
16 North Carolina $56,283 $52,850 93.9
17 California $55,069 $74,840 135.9
18 Indiana $54,625 $48,890 89.5
19 Nebraska $54,508 $49,930 91.6
20 Michigan $54,471 $48,480 89.0
21 Iowa $53,714 $48,880 91.0
22 Oklahoma $53,553 $47,770 89.2
23 Kansas $53,515 $48,110 89.9
24 Kentucky $53,292 $48,230 90.5
25 Delaware $53,145 $53,890 101.4
26 Arizona $52,244 $51,200 98.0
27 Arkansas $52,020 $45,310 87.1
28 Wisconsin $51,064 $49,430 96.8
29 New Hampshire $50,615 $59,220 117.0
30 Washington $50,389 $53,010 105.2
31 Alabama $49,901 $45,510 91.2
32 North Dakota $48,742 $48,450 99.4
33 Missouri $47,953 $43,350 90.4
34 Tennessee $47,841 $42,770 89.4
35 Wyoming $47,505 $43,610 91.8
36 South Carolina $46,844 $46,470 99.2
37 Louisiana $46,075 $43,680 94.8
38 Oregon $44,844 $51,840 115.6
39 South Dakota $44,570 $46,220 103.7
40 Vermont $44,310 $53,660 121.1
41 Mississippi $44,086 $37,870 85.9
42 Montana $44,027 $44,380 100.8
43 New Mexico $43,782 $42,250 96.5
44 Maryland $43,617 $54,740 125.5
45 Idaho $41,813 $38,510 92.1
46 Rhode Island $41,416 $49,990 120.7
47 Alaska $39,412 $51,670 131.1
48 Hawaii $35,735 $60,000 167.9
49 Maine $35,541 $39,380 110.8
50 West Virginia $35,353 $33,020 93.4

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