The 10 Best States For Insurance Agents In 2019

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

Since insurance agents are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where insurance agents 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 insurance agents.

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

  1. Nebraska
  2. Iowa
  3. Alabama
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Indiana
  6. Kansas
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Michigan
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Minnesota

So there you have it — Insurance Sales Agents is the best of the best when it comes to being an insurance agent.

How did Insurance Sales Agents end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for insurance agents 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 an insurance agent

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 insurance agents in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well insurance agents 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 insurance agents in California is $76,420 and the average salary in Illinois is $69,520, 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 insurance agents in America.

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

1. Nebraska

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $72,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,080
Average Experienced Salary: $128,310
Location Quotient: 1.4

2. Iowa

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,530
Average Annual Salary: $63,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,800
Average Experienced Salary: $108,370
Location Quotient: 1.56

3. Alabama

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,550
Average Annual Salary: $81,410
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,400
Average Experienced Salary: $180,910
Location Quotient: 1.05

4. Wisconsin

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,710
Average Annual Salary: $74,690
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,440
Average Experienced Salary: $126,330
Location Quotient: 1.12

5. Indiana

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,450
Average Annual Salary: $65,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,310
Average Experienced Salary: $122,480
Location Quotient: 1.14

6. Kansas

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,760
Average Annual Salary: $68,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $28,480
Average Experienced Salary: $123,640
Location Quotient: 1.0

7. Pennsylvania

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 14,270
Average Annual Salary: $80,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,980
Average Experienced Salary: $142,480
Location Quotient: 0.9

8. Michigan

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 11,130
Average Annual Salary: $66,910
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,670
Average Experienced Salary: $121,170
Location Quotient: 0.95

9. Oklahoma

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,540
Average Annual Salary: $60,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,870
Average Experienced Salary: $103,690
Location Quotient: 1.05

10. Minnesota

Best States For Insurance Agents

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,120
Average Annual Salary: $74,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,440
Average Experienced Salary: $131,410
Location Quotient: 0.91

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Insurance Agent

If you’re looking to start out your career as an insurance agent 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 an insurance agent in America:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Alaska
  3. New Mexico

Detailed List Of The Best States For insurance agents

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Nebraska $72,040 $32,080 3,740
2 Iowa $63,130 $30,800 6,530
3 Alabama $81,410 $26,400 5,550
4 Wisconsin $74,690 $31,440 8,710
5 Indiana $65,310 $28,310 9,450
6 Kansas $68,100 $28,480 3,760
7 Pennsylvania $80,970 $31,980 14,270
8 Michigan $66,910 $27,670 11,130
9 Oklahoma $60,010 $29,870 4,540
10 Minnesota $74,140 $33,440 7,120
11 North Carolina $69,020 $27,080 11,210
12 Arkansas $58,340 $25,490 3,210
13 Florida $63,180 $30,570 35,260
14 North Dakota $63,940 $33,100 1,500
15 Illinois $69,520 $27,190 15,520
16 Colorado $68,560 $28,430 9,210
17 Missouri $59,420 $23,660 9,340
18 South Dakota $63,180 $34,480 1,800
19 Mississippi $61,650 $24,270 2,870
20 Connecticut $80,120 $33,860 6,190
21 Georgia $59,940 $25,370 11,990
22 Texas $62,760 $23,510 31,890
23 Massachusetts $89,100 $44,220 7,030
24 South Carolina $58,600 $27,810 6,390
25 Montana $63,620 $26,630 1,630
26 Delaware $60,450 $33,770 1,270
27 Ohio $60,500 $24,780 15,770
28 Nevada $70,870 $18,650 3,120
29 Tennessee $57,460 $25,920 7,180
30 Wyoming $57,190 $32,400 520
31 New Jersey $76,160 $34,300 10,350
32 Kentucky $55,800 $28,020 4,640
33 New York $84,540 $29,620 21,230
34 Idaho $57,410 $23,740 1,810
35 Maine $60,840 $30,490 1,970
36 Arizona $59,160 $26,190 7,570
37 Utah $54,370 $22,620 4,050
38 Virginia $60,100 $26,320 10,170
39 Washington $61,930 $32,060 7,700
40 Louisiana $50,420 $25,740 5,950
41 Rhode Island $67,880 $32,000 1,410
42 West Virginia $52,240 $24,730 1,710
43 California $76,420 $28,390 41,010
44 New Hampshire $65,310 $32,590 1,370
45 Maryland $66,590 $26,200 6,910
46 Oregon $65,040 $29,780 4,070
47 New Mexico $47,070 $25,760 1,470
48 Alaska $71,150 $33,740 540
49 Hawaii $66,150 $27,110 900
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