Finance Analysts are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as finance analysts in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since finance analysts are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where finance analysts 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 finance analysts.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s finance analysts:
So there you have it — Financial Analysts is the best of the best when it comes to being a finance analyst.
How did Financial Analysts end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for finance analysts 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 finance analysts in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well finance analysts 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 finance analysts in California is $109,650 and the average salary in Illinois is $96,350, 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 finance analysts in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for finance analysts.
Total Jobs: 23,710
Average Annual Salary: $92,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,430
Average Experienced Salary: $155,850
Location Quotient: 1.01
Total Jobs: 13,840
Average Annual Salary: $96,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,560
Average Experienced Salary: $160,360
Location Quotient: 1.17
Total Jobs: 7,720
Average Annual Salary: $87,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $49,710
Average Experienced Salary: $134,720
Location Quotient: 0.91
Total Jobs: 3,570
Average Annual Salary: $85,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,210
Average Experienced Salary: $145,360
Location Quotient: 4.04
Total Jobs: 3,730
Average Annual Salary: $91,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,020
Average Experienced Salary: $153,190
Location Quotient: 0.67
Total Jobs: 6,480
Average Annual Salary: $88,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,670
Average Experienced Salary: $136,900
Location Quotient: 1.15
Total Jobs: 5,800
Average Annual Salary: $80,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,440
Average Experienced Salary: $119,320
Location Quotient: 0.69
Total Jobs: 6,900
Average Annual Salary: $79,210
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,710
Average Experienced Salary: $118,280
Location Quotient: 0.82
Total Jobs: 1,850
Average Annual Salary: $78,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,640
Average Experienced Salary: $117,710
Location Quotient: 0.6
Total Jobs: 10,830
Average Annual Salary: $84,880
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,900
Average Experienced Salary: $138,440
Location Quotient: 0.94
If you’re looking to start out your career as a finance analyst 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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