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These Are The 10 Best States For Bakers

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Best States For Professions, Rankings - 8 months ago
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Bakers are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as bakers in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since bakers are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where bakers have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for bakers.

After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s bakers:

  1. Nevada
  2. Utah
  3. Washington
  4. North Dakota
  5. Iowa
  6. Michigan
  7. Idaho
  8. Illinois
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Tennessee

So there you have it — Bakers is the best of the best when it comes to being a baker.

How did Bakers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for bakers and for more on the top ten states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be a baker

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
  • Higher Pay

So in order to find out the best states for bakers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well bakers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:

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

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

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for bakers in California is $28,410 and the average salary in Illinois is $26,890, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

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

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for bakers.

1. Nevada

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,110
Average Annual Salary: $33,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,340
Average Experienced Salary: $48,640
Location Quotient: 1.29

2. Utah

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,030
Average Annual Salary: $28,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,810
Average Experienced Salary: $42,930
Location Quotient: 1.15

3. Washington

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,270
Average Annual Salary: $29,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,730
Average Experienced Salary: $41,420
Location Quotient: 1.34

4. North Dakota

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 610
Average Annual Salary: $29,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,910
Average Experienced Salary: $39,810
Location Quotient: 1.12

5. Iowa

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,790
Average Annual Salary: $27,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,330
Average Experienced Salary: $37,980
Location Quotient: 0.91

6. Michigan

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,420
Average Annual Salary: $25,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,440
Average Experienced Salary: $36,100
Location Quotient: 1.0

7. Idaho

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 820
Average Annual Salary: $26,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,100
Average Experienced Salary: $38,660
Location Quotient: 0.97

8. Illinois

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,390
Average Annual Salary: $26,890
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,930
Average Experienced Salary: $39,510
Location Quotient: 0.97

9. Wisconsin

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,810
Average Annual Salary: $28,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,760
Average Experienced Salary: $39,140
Location Quotient: 1.06

10. Tennessee

Best States For Bakers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,020
Average Annual Salary: $26,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,390
Average Experienced Salary: $52,100
Location Quotient: 0.81

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Baker

If you’re looking to start out your career as a baker these are the states 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 states to be a baker in America:

  1. New York
  2. Connecticut
  3. Louisiana

Detailed List Of The Best States For bakers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Nevada $33,220 $20,340 2,110
2 Utah $28,120 $17,810 2,030
3 Washington $29,840 $21,730 5,270
4 North Dakota $29,980 $19,910 610
5 Iowa $27,240 $18,330 1,790
6 Michigan $25,230 $18,440 5,420
7 Idaho $26,290 $18,100 820
8 Illinois $26,890 $18,930 7,390
9 Wisconsin $28,150 $18,760 3,810
10 Tennessee $26,970 $17,390 3,020
11 Minnesota $31,420 $21,840 2,900
12 Indiana $25,380 $17,520 3,300
13 Wyoming $26,440 $17,800 310
14 Rhode Island $34,310 $20,470 690
15 Nebraska $25,240 $19,070 1,050
16 Ohio $25,650 $18,430 6,080
17 Texas $25,200 $17,060 13,050
18 Florida $26,170 $18,460 12,340
19 Pennsylvania $27,050 $17,430 9,220
20 Kentucky $25,140 $17,700 1,140
21 Montana $26,270 $18,990 800
22 Colorado $27,380 $18,780 3,660
23 Kansas $24,200 $17,140 1,420
24 Oklahoma $23,670 $16,910 1,910
25 Arkansas $23,160 $17,430 1,050
26 Mississippi $23,220 $16,710 840
27 Arizona $26,050 $18,030 2,750
28 West Virginia $23,120 $18,590 900
29 Oregon $29,450 $20,850 2,590
30 Alabama $24,150 $17,080 1,780
31 North Carolina $24,700 $16,900 4,250
32 Missouri $23,600 $17,140 2,880
33 Georgia $23,980 $17,010 5,060
34 New Mexico $24,700 $17,410 1,030
35 New Jersey $29,390 $19,040 5,870
36 Vermont $28,670 $20,230 680
37 Virginia $26,560 $17,020 3,010
38 Maine $26,020 $18,410 1,220
39 Delaware $25,750 $18,070 410
40 Alaska $34,730 $22,440 230
41 New Hampshire $27,920 $17,870 890
42 California $28,410 $20,820 30,330
43 Hawaii $34,620 $20,810 1,420
44 South Dakota $25,540 $19,220 320
45 South Carolina $23,720 $16,820 2,060
46 Maryland $27,940 $19,190 3,560
47 Massachusetts $31,450 $21,890 3,800
48 Louisiana $22,920 $16,650 1,460
49 Connecticut $30,120 $20,520 1,450
50 New York $27,470 $19,300 10,180
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