These Are The 10 Best States For Collectors

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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Collectors are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as collectors in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since collectors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where collectors 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 collectors.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Idaho
  3. Tennessee
  4. Michigan
  5. Georgia
  6. Arizona
  7. Virginia
  8. Illinois
  9. Kansas
  10. Wisconsin

So there you have it — Bill And Account Collectors is the best of the best when it comes to being a collector.

How did Bill And Account Collectors end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for collectors 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 collector

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 collectors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well collectors 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 collectors in California is $43,460 and the average salary in Illinois is $38,500, 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 collectors in America.

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

1. Texas

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 29,940
Average Annual Salary: $38,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,310
Average Experienced Salary: $57,560
Location Quotient: 1.2

2. Idaho

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,740
Average Annual Salary: $36,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,160
Average Experienced Salary: $49,770
Location Quotient: 1.23

3. Tennessee

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,580
Average Annual Salary: $36,340
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,610
Average Experienced Salary: $53,020
Location Quotient: 1.07

4. Michigan

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,760
Average Annual Salary: $40,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,000
Average Experienced Salary: $59,550
Location Quotient: 0.75

5. Georgia

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,450
Average Annual Salary: $36,650
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,560
Average Experienced Salary: $51,720
Location Quotient: 1.5

6. Arizona

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,870
Average Annual Salary: $37,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,800
Average Experienced Salary: $50,080
Location Quotient: 1.57

7. Virginia

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,840
Average Annual Salary: $38,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,120
Average Experienced Salary: $55,710
Location Quotient: 0.98

8. Illinois

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,920
Average Annual Salary: $38,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,350
Average Experienced Salary: $58,200
Location Quotient: 0.95

9. Kansas

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,080
Average Annual Salary: $33,370
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,730
Average Experienced Salary: $46,600
Location Quotient: 1.39

10. Wisconsin

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,240
Average Annual Salary: $38,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,200
Average Experienced Salary: $55,010
Location Quotient: 0.71

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

If you’re looking to start out your career as a collector 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 collector in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. Oregon

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For collectors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Texas $38,680 $23,310 29,940
2 Idaho $36,510 $26,160 1,740
3 Tennessee $36,340 $22,610 6,580
4 Michigan $40,380 $25,000 6,760
5 Georgia $36,650 $22,560 13,450
6 Arizona $37,550 $25,800 8,870
7 Virginia $38,370 $26,120 7,840
8 Illinois $38,500 $22,350 11,920
9 Kansas $33,370 $22,730 4,080
10 Wisconsin $38,540 $26,200 4,240
11 Wyoming $38,140 $26,490 210
12 Indiana $34,070 $24,970 4,790
13 North Carolina $35,770 $23,440 8,960
14 Alabama $33,800 $22,410 4,180
15 Kentucky $36,440 $22,860 2,470
16 Minnesota $37,410 $24,670 6,170
17 North Dakota $38,730 $26,900 400
18 Ohio $34,180 $23,620 13,640
19 Oklahoma $32,670 $21,350 4,140
20 Mississippi $31,820 $20,770 2,290
21 New Mexico $36,920 $25,950 1,090
22 Nebraska $33,050 $23,970 1,810
23 South Carolina $34,950 $22,970 5,730
24 Arkansas $32,630 $22,420 1,680
25 Delaware $35,280 $23,730 1,180
26 Washington $38,760 $26,330 4,380
27 Colorado $38,940 $25,160 3,200
28 West Virginia $33,890 $22,610 1,350
29 Iowa $32,880 $22,310 2,370
30 Pennsylvania $36,600 $24,070 11,320
31 Utah $31,250 $21,970 5,460
32 Missouri $31,330 $18,770 7,180
33 Florida $34,260 $21,940 20,410
34 New Jersey $42,180 $25,540 5,640
35 South Dakota $32,060 $22,960 3,470
36 Nevada $34,850 $23,120 2,280
37 Connecticut $44,820 $27,480 2,610
38 California $43,460 $25,760 36,030
39 Rhode Island $41,450 $26,730 700
40 Louisiana $32,070 $21,350 3,390
41 Massachusetts $44,280 $28,600 6,170
42 Maryland $41,460 $29,180 4,270
43 New Hampshire $36,130 $23,350 1,270
44 Montana $32,960 $22,860 640
45 Maine $34,890 $25,660 930
46 Vermont $40,050 $27,500 400
47 New York $39,880 $23,730 17,130
48 Oregon $37,120 $24,000 2,890
49 Alaska $43,420 $24,710 360
50 Hawaii $37,700 $25,350 750
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