The 10 Best States For Collectors In 2019

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. Illinois
  2. Virginia
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Idaho
  5. Michigan
  6. Texas
  7. North Dakota
  8. Delaware
  9. Georgia
  10. Minnesota

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:

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 2018:

  • 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 $44,340 and the average salary in Illinois is $38,610, 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. Illinois

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,780
Average Annual Salary: $38,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,010
Average Experienced Salary: $55,520
Location Quotient: 0.94

2. Virginia

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,360
Average Annual Salary: $41,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,050
Average Experienced Salary: $60,710
Location Quotient: 0.96

3. Oklahoma

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,140
Average Annual Salary: $35,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,570
Average Experienced Salary: $50,180
Location Quotient: 1.5

4. Idaho

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,650
Average Annual Salary: $36,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,410
Average Experienced Salary: $49,500
Location Quotient: 1.34

5. Michigan

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,090
Average Annual Salary: $39,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,440
Average Experienced Salary: $56,970
Location Quotient: 0.55

6. Texas

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 28,350
Average Annual Salary: $36,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,980
Average Experienced Salary: $51,110
Location Quotient: 1.35

7. North Dakota

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $43,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,250
Average Experienced Salary: $62,170
Location Quotient: 0.59

8. Delaware

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,010
Average Annual Salary: $39,190
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,550
Average Experienced Salary: $58,150
Location Quotient: 1.3

9. Georgia

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,370
Average Annual Salary: $37,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,920
Average Experienced Salary: $52,070
Location Quotient: 1.23

10. Minnesota

Best States For Collectors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,940
Average Annual Salary: $39,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,900
Average Experienced Salary: $54,980
Location Quotient: 0.99

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. Maine
  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 Illinois $38,610 $26,010 9,780
2 Virginia $41,060 $27,050 6,360
3 Oklahoma $35,420 $23,570 4,140
4 Idaho $36,270 $26,410 1,650
5 Michigan $39,800 $26,440 4,090
6 Texas $36,590 $22,980 28,350
7 North Dakota $43,090 $28,250 430
8 Delaware $39,190 $26,550 1,010
9 Georgia $37,180 $22,920 9,370
10 Minnesota $39,780 $27,900 4,940
11 Iowa $35,450 $25,160 2,820
12 Kentucky $36,650 $23,300 2,110
13 Wyoming $37,850 $26,450 210
14 Ohio $35,900 $25,040 11,800
15 Indiana $35,230 $25,480 3,580
16 Alabama $35,570 $22,100 2,850
17 Kansas $33,640 $22,540 4,610
18 Missouri $35,150 $20,180 6,580
19 Nebraska $34,990 $26,240 1,590
20 Arizona $36,430 $25,040 8,130
21 Wisconsin $38,400 $23,520 3,400
22 Mississippi $33,440 $21,490 1,610
23 Tennessee $33,940 $18,520 7,020
24 North Carolina $35,970 $23,390 8,230
25 Colorado $40,730 $25,690 2,980
26 Utah $33,500 $23,490 4,690
27 Washington $40,400 $26,790 3,240
28 South Carolina $35,700 $23,870 6,610
29 New Mexico $37,350 $26,540 670
30 Florida $36,070 $23,530 18,820
31 New Jersey $45,260 $26,010 5,210
32 Pennsylvania $37,340 $23,820 9,680
33 Arkansas $32,120 $19,970 1,550
34 Nevada $36,710 $25,900 2,110
35 Vermont $42,350 $31,700 390
36 Montana $35,570 $27,140 490
37 Maryland $42,950 $31,630 3,630
38 West Virginia $33,350 $22,970 750
39 South Dakota $32,570 $23,050 2,780
40 Connecticut $45,360 $29,090 1,900
41 New Hampshire $37,410 $26,300 1,150
42 Rhode Island $43,100 $30,080 350
43 Massachusetts $45,810 $29,900 5,000
44 Louisiana $33,170 $22,720 2,280
45 New York $42,310 $26,710 16,090
46 California $44,340 $26,930 22,510
47 Alaska $45,540 $27,570 360
48 Oregon $39,130 $26,110 2,000
49 Maine $36,330 $26,030 590
50 Hawaii $41,540 $28,900 560
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