We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Crew Members to open up shop.
Crew Members are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as crew members in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since crew members are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where crew members 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 crew members.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s crew members:
So there you have it — Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food is the best of the best when it comes to being a crew member.
How did Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for crew members and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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:
So in order to find out the best states for crew members in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well crew members get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
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 crew members in California is $23,680 and the average salary in Illinois is $20,600, 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 crew members in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for crew members.
Total Jobs: 114,410
Average Annual Salary: $20,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,970
Average Experienced Salary: $24,770
Location Quotient: 1.11
Total Jobs: 81,160
Average Annual Salary: $24,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,580
Average Experienced Salary: $29,950
Location Quotient: 1.08
Total Jobs: 23,240
Average Annual Salary: $21,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,910
Average Experienced Salary: $25,630
Location Quotient: 0.98
Total Jobs: 73,810
Average Annual Salary: $19,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,760
Average Experienced Salary: $24,740
Location Quotient: 1.1
Total Jobs: 163,790
Average Annual Salary: $19,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,590
Average Experienced Salary: $24,340
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 330,510
Average Annual Salary: $19,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,200
Average Experienced Salary: $24,850
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 40,890
Average Annual Salary: $19,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,180
Average Experienced Salary: $24,610
Location Quotient: 1.09
Total Jobs: 140,420
Average Annual Salary: $20,600
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,070
Average Experienced Salary: $24,930
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 74,390
Average Annual Salary: $18,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,120
Average Experienced Salary: $23,780
Location Quotient: 1.05
Total Jobs: 30,910
Average Annual Salary: $18,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,010
Average Experienced Salary: $21,250
Location Quotient: 1.06
If you’re looking to start out your career as a crew member 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.
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