These Are The 10 States With The Highest Administrative Assistant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 administrative assistants 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 administrative assistants 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 administrative assistants 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 administrative assistants after this adjustment? That would be Secretaries And Administrative Assistants, Except Legal, Medical, And Executive.

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

  1. Michigan
  2. Minnesota
  3. Wyoming
  4. Washington
  5. Georgia
  6. North Dakota
  7. Illinois
  8. Delaware
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Alabama

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 administrative assistants 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 $41240, so our index value would be:

$41,240 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,345

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

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

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Detailed List Of Administrative Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Michigan $38,955 $34,670 89.0
2 Minnesota $38,819 $39,130 100.8
3 Wyoming $38,627 $35,460 91.8
4 Washington $38,621 $40,630 105.2
5 Georgia $38,358 $35,060 91.4
6 North Dakota $38,279 $38,050 99.4
7 Illinois $38,065 $36,010 94.6
8 Delaware $38,007 $38,540 101.4
9 Wisconsin $37,964 $36,750 96.8
10 Alabama $37,664 $34,350 91.2
11 Texas $37,386 $33,910 90.7
12 North Carolina $36,975 $34,720 93.9
13 Ohio $36,844 $34,560 93.8
14 Virginia $36,815 $37,110 100.8
15 Missouri $36,438 $32,940 90.4
16 Nevada $36,195 $37,390 103.3
17 Iowa $36,076 $32,830 91.0
18 Colorado $35,876 $37,240 103.8
19 Mississippi $35,855 $30,800 85.9
20 Indiana $35,798 $32,040 89.5
21 Nebraska $35,775 $32,770 91.6
22 Tennessee $35,727 $31,940 89.4
23 Kansas $35,617 $32,020 89.9
24 Arizona $35,367 $34,660 98.0
25 Utah $35,021 $32,570 93.0
26 Kentucky $34,817 $31,510 90.5
27 Pennsylvania $34,447 $34,930 101.4
28 New Mexico $34,393 $33,190 96.5
29 Oklahoma $34,316 $30,610 89.2
30 Idaho $34,115 $31,420 92.1
31 New Jersey $34,044 $41,500 121.9
32 Arkansas $34,041 $29,650 87.1
33 Florida $34,038 $33,460 98.3
34 Connecticut $34,032 $43,460 127.7
35 Massachusetts $33,830 $45,130 133.4
36 Rhode Island $33,256 $40,140 120.7
37 West Virginia $32,708 $30,550 93.4
38 South Carolina $32,530 $32,270 99.2
39 Louisiana $32,194 $30,520 94.8
40 Oregon $31,963 $36,950 115.6
41 Montana $31,825 $32,080 100.8
42 Maryland $31,314 $39,300 125.5
43 Maine $31,128 $34,490 110.8
44 California $30,345 $41,240 135.9
45 New York $30,152 $39,500 131.0
46 Alaska $30,083 $39,440 131.1
47 New Hampshire $29,717 $34,770 117.0
48 Vermont $28,497 $34,510 121.1
49 South Dakota $27,155 $28,160 103.7
50 Hawaii $23,591 $39,610 167.9

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