These Are The 10 Best States For Communications Directors

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

Since communications directors are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where communications directors 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 communications directors. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s communications directors:

  1. Minnesota
  2. Georgia
  3. Virginia
  4. Iowa
  5. Minnesota
  6. North Carolina
  7. Michigan
  8. Washington
  9. Connecticut
  10. Georgia

So there you have it — Minnesota is the best of the best when it comes to being a communications directors.

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

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How we determined the best states to be a communications director

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 states for communications directors in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well communications directors 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 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 communications directors in California is $146,630 and the average salary in Oregon is $107,060, 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 communications directors in America.

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

1. Minnesota

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,220
Average Annual Salary: $123,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,720
Average Experienced Salary: $186,910
Location Quotient: 1.93

2. Georgia

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,050
Average Annual Salary: $121,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,640
Average Experienced Salary: $181,070
Location Quotient: 1.13

3. Virginia

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,010
Average Annual Salary: $122,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,470
Average Experienced Salary: $184,830
Location Quotient: 1.2

4. Iowa

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,060
Average Annual Salary: $108,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,310
Average Experienced Salary: $177,590
Location Quotient: 1.37

5. Minnesota

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,670
Average Annual Salary: $111,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $67,550
Average Experienced Salary: $165,460
Location Quotient: 1.38

6. North Carolina

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 700
Average Annual Salary: $122,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $72,450
Average Experienced Salary: $185,330
Location Quotient: 0.75

7. Michigan

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 13,460
Average Annual Salary: $114,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,780
Average Experienced Salary: $185,980
Location Quotient: 0.84

8. Washington

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,110
Average Annual Salary: $106,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,060
Average Experienced Salary: $162,510
Location Quotient: 1.62

9. Connecticut

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 850
Average Annual Salary: $120,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $81,750
Average Experienced Salary: $175,190
Location Quotient: 2.26

10. Georgia

Best States For Communications Directors

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,390
Average Annual Salary: $113,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $58,990
Average Experienced Salary: $181,230
Location Quotient: 0.77

There You Have It

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

  1. Louisiana
  2. Nevada
  3. Kentucky

Detailed List Of The Best States For Communications Directors

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Minnesota $123,810 $71,720 1,220
2 Georgia $121,660 $69,640 1,050
3 Virginia $122,100 $71,470 1,010
4 Iowa $108,180 $54,310 8,060
5 Minnesota $111,040 $67,550 1,670
6 North Carolina $122,770 $72,450 700
7 Michigan $114,870 $59,780 13,460
8 Washington $106,160 $64,060 2,110
9 Connecticut $120,700 $81,750 850
10 Georgia $113,350 $58,990 1,390
11 Kentucky $96,970 $54,140 580
12 Delaware $123,440 $85,830 70
13 Illinois $107,060 $48,580 3,210
14 Mississippi $74,450 $61,090 190
15 North Carolina $114,560 $65,710 1,060
16 Missouri $111,300 $57,860 790
17 Alabama $115,360 $64,750 160
18 Delaware $159,740 $96,980 2,150
19 Nebraska $99,460 $51,980 220
20 Ohio $105,790 $58,060 1,910
21 Minnesota $133,640 $72,220 14,740
22 Florida $118,890 $67,540 1,450
23 Mississippi $97,000 $47,710 200
24 Oklahoma $84,200 $46,680 510
25 Oklahoma $97,230 $45,380 6,180
26 Iowa $89,120 $50,870 760
27 New Jersey $159,310 $85,800 20,780
28 Kentucky $98,390 $47,410 6,610
29 Michigan $105,760 $52,200 1,200
30 Wisconsin $97,950 $52,360 670
31 Arizona $91,450 $53,880 800
32 Nebraska $89,740 $43,940 650
33 Rhode Island $139,320 $80,290 2,840
34 Indiana $105,600 $47,950 8,450
35 Washington $107,430 $66,200 600
36 New Hampshire $110,160 $60,610 400
37 Nevada $103,250 $52,440 5,390
38 Wyoming $103,700 $64,580 550
39 Alabama $73,070 $60,840 280
40 Arizona $98,980 $56,930 1,030
41 North Carolina $137,200 $74,030 15,730
42 Kansas $98,610 $52,390 390
43 Georgia $135,920 $65,320 15,970
44 Ohio $102,410 $58,890 770
45 South Carolina $93,010 $50,750 590
46 Tennessee $78,840 $36,780 1,250
47 Pennsylvania $116,490 $57,720 1,610
48 Arkansas $69,340 $50,500 210
49 New Jersey $132,940 $88,160 1,200
50 Oklahoma $68,880 $53,650 270
51 Connecticut $119,760 $65,280 920
52 Delaware $143,410 $84,920 180
53 Indiana $95,560 $51,880 890
54 North Dakota $110,890 $61,980 950
55 Connecticut $144,380 $73,420 13,700
56 Illinois $125,220 $53,430 33,000
57 Colorado $110,510 $71,180 340
58 North Dakota $100,920 $65,430 70
59 Michigan $74,030 $60,800 450
60 Kansas $94,700 $47,960 240
61 New York $180,820 $79,990 40,040
62 Louisiana $99,520 $52,120 5,170
63 Maine $100,900 $56,610 2,820
64 New York $158,100 $73,060 6,050
65 New Jersey $145,910 $79,610 2,000
66 Nevada $103,800 $50,170 480
67 Kentucky $69,410 $51,810 290
68 Kansas $66,680 $54,960 220
69 Louisiana $72,380 $60,820 260
70 Virginia $147,330 $72,560 12,210
71 Tennessee $76,130 $61,090 270
72 Alabama $94,220 $55,820 470
73 Maine $86,290 $53,310 470
74 Wisconsin $96,740 $55,650 900
75 Maryland $117,320 $67,690 1,110
76 Indiana $83,610 $45,900 660
77 New Mexico $96,960 $52,340 2,210
78 Oregon $111,290 $56,140 6,460
79 Mississippi $89,950 $43,040 3,040
80 Virginia $140,870 $73,710 1,260
81 Michigan $99,080 $48,270 450
82 Ohio $118,970 $55,590 21,810
83 Alaska $112,530 $65,250 170
84 Missouri $126,140 $60,860 8,970
85 Indiana $70,930 $58,900 310
86 Rhode Island $142,890 $72,240 240
87 North Carolina $71,610 $56,820 510
88 Oklahoma $83,490 $41,110 730
89 Tennessee $90,000 $43,410 1,050
90 Missouri $69,030 $54,430 330
91 Illinois $89,300 $23,670 1,980
92 Nebraska $65,730 $48,840 190
93 Nebraska $136,100 $67,810 2,530
94 Wisconsin $71,440 $57,950 370
95 Arkansas $74,350 $33,320 360
96 Pennsylvania $144,840 $72,140 15,830
97 Missouri $103,300 $40,390 400
98 South Carolina $74,470 $60,810 220
99 Florida $101,970 $49,980 1,210
100 Utah $81,760 $46,830 310

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