These Are The 10 Best States For General Managers

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

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

  1. North Dakota
  2. Alabama
  3. Connecticut
  4. Texas
  5. Wyoming
  6. New Mexico
  7. New York
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Georgia
  10. Oklahoma

So there you have it — North Dakota is the best of the best when it comes to being a general managers. 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 general managers and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a general managers?

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 general managers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well general managers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Beaureau 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 from MIT’s living wage index. Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that while the average salary for General Managers in California is $128,510 and the average salary in Illinois is $113,280, 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 general managers in America.

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

1. North Dakota

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,370
Average Annual Salary: $104,550
Average Entry Level Salary: $54,660
Average Experienced Salary: $171,910
Location Quotient: 1.06

2. Alabama

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 27,240
Average Annual Salary: $122,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $57,800
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.93

3. Connecticut

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 34,400
Average Annual Salary: $139,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,350
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.33

4. Texas

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 175,580
Average Annual Salary: $128,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,080
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.98

5. Wyoming

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,210
Average Annual Salary: $106,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $47,960
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.18

6. New Mexico

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 16,030
Average Annual Salary: $97,560
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,970
Average Experienced Salary: $185,410
Location Quotient: 1.29

7. New York

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 157,100
Average Annual Salary: $144,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,900
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.12

8. Rhode Island

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,610
Average Annual Salary: $136,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $64,200
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 0.9

9. Georgia

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 86,410
Average Annual Salary: $113,430
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,010
Average Experienced Salary: $0
Location Quotient: 1.35

10. Oklahoma

Best States For General Managers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 26,740
Average Annual Salary: $97,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,030
Average Experienced Salary: $182,580
Location Quotient: 1.08

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a general manager 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 general manager in America:

  1. Arizona
  2. Wisconsin
  3. Montana

Detailed List Of The Best States For General Managers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 North Dakota $104,550 $54,660 7,370
2 Alabama $122,410 $57,800 27,240
3 Connecticut $139,500 $52,350 34,400
4 Texas $128,940 $46,080 175,580
5 Wyoming $106,810 $47,960 5,210
6 New Mexico $97,560 $37,970 16,030
7 New York $144,540 $52,900 157,100
8 Rhode Island $136,380 $64,200 6,610
9 Georgia $113,430 $39,010 86,410
10 Oklahoma $97,990 $40,030 26,740
11 New Jersey $163,680 $70,110 46,410
12 Kansas $102,150 $45,970 19,940
13 Delaware $144,380 $72,980 4,270
14 North Carolina $128,200 $56,510 54,690
15 Maryland $131,060 $53,100 47,100
16 Mississippi $89,600 $34,430 22,880
17 Alaska $104,130 $48,350 6,460
18 Massachusetts $131,810 $54,330 66,350
19 Louisiana $108,970 $47,130 31,110
20 South Dakota $118,760 $67,450 3,670
21 Colorado $126,830 $46,240 40,520
22 Virginia $132,840 $51,550 50,950
23 Washington $119,130 $56,300 40,240
24 Florida $128,160 $57,470 72,840
25 New Hampshire $124,720 $52,030 9,700
26 Pennsylvania $122,280 $49,460 67,160
27 California $128,510 $48,550 268,060
28 Michigan $112,300 $42,800 62,950
29 Nebraska $109,810 $47,900 11,930
30 Kentucky $91,010 $34,910 25,530
31 Ohio $108,960 $42,260 64,730
32 Idaho $84,040 $34,200 11,810
33 Utah $85,600 $28,130 31,180
34 South Carolina $96,040 $32,680 29,530
35 Tennessee $104,710 $38,370 45,970
36 Maine $91,250 $34,080 12,470
37 West Virginia $85,150 $33,910 11,170
38 Illinois $113,280 $36,220 108,080
39 Arkansas $84,920 $27,710 19,910
40 Missouri $100,500 $34,590 44,120
41 Hawaii $101,630 $44,400 11,080
42 Iowa $89,320 $33,740 26,280
43 Indiana $101,840 $36,070 42,540
44 Oregon $99,920 $38,280 30,090
45 Vermont $110,860 $47,450 2,780
46 Nevada $104,660 $44,160 17,600
47 Minnesota $103,660 $43,630 38,820
48 Montana $90,590 $35,000 4,560
49 Wisconsin $109,730 $37,700 34,230
50 Arizona $98,710 $36,120 39,230

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