These Are The 10 Best States For Dietary Aides

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

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

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

  1. Washington
  2. Michigan
  3. Illinois
  4. Wyoming
  5. Nevada
  6. Florida
  7. North Dakota
  8. Texas
  9. Tennessee
  10. Indiana

So there you have it — Food Preparation Workers is the best of the best when it comes to being a dietary aide.

How did Food Preparation Workers end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for dietary aides 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 dietary aide

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 dietary aides in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well dietary aides 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 dietary aides in California is $25,350 and the average salary in Illinois is $22,690, 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 dietary aides in America.

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

1. Washington

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 21,680
Average Annual Salary: $28,050
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,080
Average Experienced Salary: $39,430
Location Quotient: 1.17

2. Michigan

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,530
Average Annual Salary: $23,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,270
Average Experienced Salary: $34,350
Location Quotient: 0.8

3. Illinois

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 36,610
Average Annual Salary: $22,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,410
Average Experienced Salary: $29,670
Location Quotient: 1.02

4. Wyoming

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,430
Average Annual Salary: $23,170
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,920
Average Experienced Salary: $32,180
Location Quotient: 0.86

5. Nevada

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,970
Average Annual Salary: $25,260
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,700
Average Experienced Salary: $38,790
Location Quotient: 1.55

6. Florida

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 58,490
Average Annual Salary: $22,950
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,920
Average Experienced Salary: $30,360
Location Quotient: 1.17

7. North Dakota

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,280
Average Annual Salary: $26,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,790
Average Experienced Salary: $36,160
Location Quotient: 0.88

8. Texas

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 60,140
Average Annual Salary: $21,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,630
Average Experienced Salary: $29,530
Location Quotient: 0.85

9. Tennessee

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,530
Average Annual Salary: $20,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,390
Average Experienced Salary: $28,070
Location Quotient: 0.94

10. Indiana

Best States For Dietary Aides

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 20,450
Average Annual Salary: $20,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,390
Average Experienced Salary: $27,810
Location Quotient: 1.13

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Dietary Aide

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

  1. New Hampshire
  2. Massachusetts
  3. California

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For dietary aides

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Washington $28,050 $21,080 21,680
2 Michigan $23,960 $18,270 20,530
3 Illinois $22,690 $18,410 36,610
4 Wyoming $23,170 $16,920 1,430
5 Nevada $25,260 $16,700 11,970
6 Florida $22,950 $17,920 58,490
7 North Dakota $26,160 $17,790 2,280
8 Texas $21,700 $16,630 60,140
9 Tennessee $20,680 $16,390 16,530
10 Indiana $20,510 $16,390 20,450
11 Minnesota $25,610 $19,490 8,840
12 Ohio $21,790 $17,690 24,990
13 Arkansas $20,090 $17,050 7,110
14 Mississippi $18,920 $16,220 9,110
15 Missouri $20,550 $16,850 14,100
16 Nebraska $21,730 $18,960 3,810
17 Utah $21,350 $16,610 7,170
18 Iowa $21,370 $16,430 5,640
19 Kansas $19,920 $16,310 10,510
20 Kentucky $20,880 $16,380 6,930
21 Georgia $20,170 $16,260 30,700
22 Colorado $24,140 $18,380 10,540
23 Oklahoma $19,850 $16,300 9,040
24 Arizona $22,110 $17,860 11,220
25 New Mexico $21,200 $16,860 4,850
26 Delaware $22,820 $17,780 2,010
27 Alabama $20,080 $16,380 9,460
28 Montana $21,590 $17,860 3,560
29 Idaho $20,110 $16,270 3,870
30 North Carolina $20,960 $16,450 18,160
31 Rhode Island $24,720 $19,980 4,620
32 Alaska $27,260 $20,290 4,680
33 West Virginia $20,980 $18,450 2,450
34 Maine $23,250 $17,340 7,020
35 Connecticut $27,510 $19,980 10,090
36 Oregon $24,220 $20,000 14,010
37 Virginia $22,000 $16,540 18,740
38 South Dakota $21,500 $18,540 2,890
39 Louisiana $18,260 $16,080 33,090
40 South Carolina $21,000 $16,440 10,570
41 Pennsylvania $22,070 $16,640 28,010
42 Wisconsin $20,870 $16,450 10,110
43 New York $24,940 $19,060 63,570
44 New Jersey $22,900 $18,410 30,810
45 Maryland $24,010 $17,800 16,120
46 Vermont $23,930 $20,020 1,730
47 Hawaii $25,590 $18,400 7,710
48 California $25,350 $20,810 108,830
49 Massachusetts $26,410 $20,810 17,290
50 New Hampshire $22,340 $16,930 3,160