The 10 Best States For Crew Members In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Washington
  2. Michigan
  3. Nebraska
  4. Missouri
  5. Texas
  6. Minnesota
  7. Arkansas
  8. Arizona
  9. Illinois
  10. Colorado

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:

How we determined the best states to be a crew member

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 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 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 crew members in California is $26,080 and the average salary in Illinois is $22,240, 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.

1. Washington

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 80,590
Average Annual Salary: $27,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,170
Average Experienced Salary: $34,370
Location Quotient: 0.97

2. Michigan

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 123,890
Average Annual Salary: $22,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,390
Average Experienced Salary: $25,820
Location Quotient: 1.13

3. Nebraska

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 25,280
Average Annual Salary: $22,850
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,760
Average Experienced Salary: $27,190
Location Quotient: 1.02

4. Missouri

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 77,770
Average Annual Salary: $21,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,350
Average Experienced Salary: $27,500
Location Quotient: 1.09

5. Texas

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 389,740
Average Annual Salary: $20,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,570
Average Experienced Salary: $26,520
Location Quotient: 1.27

6. Minnesota

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 66,060
Average Annual Salary: $24,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,850
Average Experienced Salary: $30,770
Location Quotient: 0.91

7. Arkansas

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 38,540
Average Annual Salary: $19,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,330
Average Experienced Salary: $23,230
Location Quotient: 1.25

8. Arizona

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 64,570
Average Annual Salary: $24,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,850
Average Experienced Salary: $28,050
Location Quotient: 0.91

9. Illinois

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 144,260
Average Annual Salary: $22,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,430
Average Experienced Salary: $27,700
Location Quotient: 0.95

10. Colorado

Best States For Crew Members

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 65,670
Average Annual Salary: $24,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,230
Average Experienced Salary: $29,490
Location Quotient: 0.99

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Crew Member

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.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be a crew member in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. New Jersey
  3. Maryland

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For crew members

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $27,410 $24,170 80,590
2 Michigan $22,020 $19,390 123,890
3 Nebraska $22,850 $19,760 25,280
4 Missouri $21,110 $17,350 77,770
5 Texas $20,880 $16,570 389,740
6 Minnesota $24,540 $20,850 66,060
7 Arkansas $19,960 $18,330 38,540
8 Arizona $24,040 $21,850 64,570
9 Illinois $22,240 $18,430 144,260
10 Colorado $24,290 $21,230 65,670
11 Iowa $21,290 $16,620 39,190
12 North Dakota $24,990 $19,340 7,700
13 Indiana $19,570 $16,380 94,470
14 West Virginia $20,600 $18,760 21,890
15 Montana $22,380 $18,360 12,670
16 Tennessee $19,870 $16,430 72,600
17 Mississippi $19,930 $16,460 17,510
18 Ohio $20,490 $17,930 160,070
19 Utah $20,440 $16,520 43,840
20 Kentucky $19,150 $16,300 65,410
21 Kansas $19,910 $16,360 34,360
22 North Carolina $19,730 $16,430 147,170
23 Florida $21,120 $17,920 226,370
24 Wyoming $20,640 $16,500 5,460
25 Georgia $19,180 $16,290 136,200
26 Vermont $26,620 $22,380 6,040
27 Idaho $20,410 $16,360 12,130
28 Oregon $24,780 $21,620 39,850
29 Wisconsin $20,290 $16,480 75,340
30 Alabama $18,680 $16,190 62,030
31 Virginia $20,860 $16,470 96,410
32 Oklahoma $18,980 $16,290 32,190
33 Nevada $21,320 $16,660 39,520
34 New Mexico $19,880 $16,720 23,900
35 Pennsylvania $20,790 $16,450 152,980
36 South Dakota $21,910 $19,030 8,860
37 Delaware $20,830 $18,150 11,390
38 South Carolina $18,910 $16,200 71,480
39 Rhode Island $24,830 $21,710 9,970
40 Maine $22,430 $20,810 8,550
41 Louisiana $19,260 $16,330 27,860
42 Massachusetts $26,840 $23,730 70,080
43 California $26,080 $22,410 406,630
44 Connecticut $25,650 $21,940 28,120
45 Alaska $26,180 $21,720 4,010
46 New York $25,470 $21,650 189,740
47 New Hampshire $21,900 $16,790 14,750
48 Maryland $23,700 $19,620 54,850
49 New Jersey $23,150 $18,780 45,320
50 Hawaii $24,820 $21,020 14,250
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