These Are The 10 Best Cities For Insurance Agents

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Insurance Agents, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.

To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer insurance agents the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where insurance agents get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.

So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for insurance agents.The result is this list of the best cities insurance agents:

  1. Rapid City, SD
  2. Tampa, FL
  3. Appleton, WI
  4. Kansas City, MO
  5. Sioux Falls, SD
  6. Columbia, MO
  7. Columbus, OH
  8. Minneapolis, MN
  9. Grand Rapids, MI
  10. Montgomery County, PA

So there you have it — Rapid City is the best city when it comes to being a insurance agent.

And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a insurance agent? That would be Cumberland.

Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for insurance agents and for more on the top ten cities.

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How we determined the best cities to be a insurance agents?




Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best cities for insurance agents in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well insurance agents get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.

This left us with enough data for 373 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.

In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 373 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for insurance agents in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for insurance agents.

1. Rapid City, SD

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 310
Average Annual Salary: $70,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,310
Location Quotient: 1.69

2. Tampa, FL

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,560
Average Annual Salary: $78,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,050
Location Quotient: 1.93

3. Appleton, WI

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 380
Average Annual Salary: $112,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,090
Location Quotient: 1.12

4. Kansas City, MO

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,650
Average Annual Salary: $68,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,840
Location Quotient: 1.27

5. Sioux Falls, SD

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 800
Average Annual Salary: $58,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,290
Location Quotient: 1.95

6. Columbia, MO

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 510
Average Annual Salary: $63,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,790
Location Quotient: 2.03

7. Columbus, OH

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,000
Average Annual Salary: $68,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,570
Location Quotient: 1.07

8. Minneapolis, MN

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,890
Average Annual Salary: $103,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,900
Location Quotient: 0.93

9. Grand Rapids, MI

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,950
Average Annual Salary: $63,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,730
Location Quotient: 1.33

10. Montgomery County, PA

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Total Jobs: 4,340
Average Annual Salary: $89,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,230
Location Quotient: 1.53

And that’s our list of the best cities for insurance agents

If you’re looking to start out your career as a insurance agent these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.

If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a insurance agent in America:

  1. Cumberland, MD
  2. Oshkosh, WI
  3. California, MD

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Insurance Agents

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Rapid City, SD $70,780 $33,310 310
2 Tampa, FL $78,560 $34,050 6,560
3 Appleton, WI $112,490 $40,090 380
4 Kansas City, MO $68,080 $30,840 3,650
5 Sioux Falls, SD $58,830 $32,290 800
6 Columbia, MO $63,800 $28,790 510
7 Columbus, OH $68,130 $32,570 3,000
8 Minneapolis, MN $103,340 $38,900 4,890
9 Grand Rapids, MI $63,410 $33,730 1,950
10 Montgomery County, PA $89,590 $28,230 4,340
11 Bloomington, IL $69,430 $32,230 400
12 Miami, FL $80,010 $33,800 3,280
13 Trenton, NJ $81,370 $39,850 650
14 Jacksonville, FL $76,860 $35,410 1,780
15 Nassau County, NY $83,240 $35,030 4,860
16 Fort Lauderdale, FL $63,470 $32,520 3,920
17 Kokomo, IN $57,300 $32,750 140
18 San Rafael, CA $83,430 $37,680 320
19 Birmingham, AL $59,610 $26,780 2,740
20 Cleveland, OH $62,850 $28,350 3,290
21 Terre Haute, IN $71,440 $33,710 170
22 Tallahassee, FL $67,050 $32,240 580
23 Milwaukee, WI $94,110 $29,030 2,640
24 Fargo, ND $73,460 $30,780 340
25 Ocala, FL $63,750 $33,370 340
26 Philadelphia, PA $77,910 $30,830 2,350
27 Nashville, TN $59,680 $27,260 4,160
28 Oakland, CA $104,900 $34,290 2,830
29 Lubbock, TX $83,520 $26,460 460
30 Youngstown, OH $66,540 $26,750 680
31 Florence, AL $57,300 $27,820 180
32 Greensboro, NC $83,940 $30,720 870
33 Sebastian, FL $59,180 $34,130 170
34 Orlando, FL $65,670 $31,130 4,080
35 Newark, NJ $77,720 $31,210 4,390
36 Hartford, CT $67,080 $35,990 3,400
37 Warren, MI $67,950 $28,440 3,690
38 Louisville/Jefferson County, KY $65,480 $24,170 2,020
39 Framingham, MA $86,820 $43,600 390
40 Grand Island, NE $58,270 $28,790 150
41 Canton, OH $69,020 $29,980 380
42 Charleston, WV $73,710 $22,950 440
43 Little Rock, AR $84,420 $25,710 860
44 Missoula, MT $68,350 $27,780 160
45 Portland, OR $67,030 $31,540 3,250
46 Mobile, AL $62,270 $27,510 490
47 Springfield, MA $85,540 $35,900 820
48 North Port, FL $61,240 $34,920 800
49 Madison, WI $72,780 $28,980 1,120
50 Portsmouth, NH $67,780 $33,920 270
51 Boise City, ID $82,260 $36,420 490
52 West Palm Beach, FL $54,790 $33,350 2,340
53 Lincoln, NE $67,790 $27,090 520
54 Green Bay, WI $55,080 $32,030 650
55 Rochester, MN $88,810 $43,850 190
56 Albany, NY $109,110 $32,010 1,240
57 Atlanta, GA $73,640 $26,070 7,420
58 Dallas, TX $61,470 $26,230 9,140
59 Topeka, KS $51,980 $30,970 380
60 Lawrence, KS $74,040 $32,250 100
61 Cedar Rapids, IA $62,200 $26,420 580
62 Lewiston, ID $62,220 $26,680 70
63 Fairbanks, AK $59,330 $42,450 110
64 Wausau, WI $88,390 $32,990 130
65 Baton Rouge, LA $53,610 $29,730 1,250
66 San Antonio, TX $48,920 $29,420 4,620
67 New Bedford, MA $90,070 $38,840 120
68 Fond du Lac, WI $87,030 $36,660 80
69 Allentown, PA $74,690 $27,380 970
70 Anniston, AL $60,750 $29,000 100
71 Port St. Lucie, FL $85,420 $34,220 240
72 Redding, CA $74,850 $34,030 160
73 Detroit, MI $67,930 $34,050 1,420
74 San Francisco, CA $89,420 $29,230 3,180
75 Austin, TX $65,040 $29,930 2,110
76 Charlotte, NC $64,090 $28,560 3,130
77 New Orleans, LA $59,070 $25,690 2,220
78 Jackson, MI $71,200 $29,460 130
79 Pensacola, FL $60,850 $34,480 410
80 Lakeland, FL $49,980 $33,020 920
81 Anaheim, CA $74,830 $30,570 5,310
82 Fort Worth, TX $71,570 $26,960 2,440
83 Auburn, AL $83,340 $25,570 120
84 Jackson, MS $60,780 $23,220 1,010
85 Toledo, OH $76,560 $34,080 360
86 Amarillo, TX $58,250 $27,000 370
87 Cape Coral, FL $52,870 $31,070 970
88 Dayton, OH $99,770 $27,740 630
89 Memphis, TN $66,990 $25,250 1,650
90 Providence, RI $69,360 $32,130 1,310
91 Fort Wayne, IN $56,900 $26,640 630
92 Dothan, AL $61,450 $27,810 120
93 Des Moines, IA $52,810 $26,660 2,100
94 Naples, FL $59,360 $30,720 390
95 Seattle, WA $70,040 $28,430 4,030
96 Springfield, OH $66,930 $27,180 100
97 Grants Pass, OR $44,460 $32,870 110
98 Michigan City, IN $68,680 $34,490 50
99 Jackson, TN $57,070 $29,560 140
100 Salinas, CA $90,220 $41,310 130