These Are The 10 Best States For Landscape Designers

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

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

  1. Oklahoma
  2. Massachusetts
  3. Washington
  4. Colorado
  5. California
  6. Georgia
  7. North Carolina
  8. Texas
  9. Alabama
  10. Tennessee

So there you have it — Oklahoma is the best of the best when it comes to being a landscape designers.

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 landscape designers and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a landscape designer

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 landscape designers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well landscape designers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau 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.

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 landscape designers in California is $77,540 and the average salary in Illinois is $58,780, 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 landscape designers in America.

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

1. Oklahoma

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $67,220
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,340
Average Experienced Salary: $94,540
Location Quotient: 1.27

2. Massachusetts

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 640
Average Annual Salary: $86,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,530
Average Experienced Salary: $122,810
Location Quotient: 1.3

3. Washington

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,070
Average Annual Salary: $71,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,220
Average Experienced Salary: $106,210
Location Quotient: 2.48

4. Colorado

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 520
Average Annual Salary: $76,020
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,110
Average Experienced Salary: $101,580
Location Quotient: 1.49

5. California

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 3,340
Average Annual Salary: $77,540
Average Entry Level Salary: $50,540
Average Experienced Salary: $117,360
Location Quotient: 1.5

6. Georgia

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,100
Average Annual Salary: $68,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,900
Average Experienced Salary: $96,400
Location Quotient: 1.86

7. North Carolina

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $75,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,550
Average Experienced Salary: $121,220
Location Quotient: 0.72

8. Texas

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,390
Average Annual Salary: $65,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,360
Average Experienced Salary: $102,480
Location Quotient: 0.83

9. Alabama

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $67,810
Average Entry Level Salary: $46,420
Average Experienced Salary: $93,110
Location Quotient: 0.18

10. Tennessee

Best States For Landscape Designers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $80,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,240
Average Experienced Salary: $121,410
Location Quotient: 0.69

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a landscape designer 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 landscape designer in America:

  1. Indiana
  2. Arkansas
  3. Louisiana

Detailed List Of The Best States For Landscape Designers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Oklahoma $67,220 $46,340 290
2 Massachusetts $86,670 $52,530 640
3 Washington $71,670 $43,220 1,070
4 Colorado $76,020 $52,110 520
5 California $77,540 $50,540 3,340
6 Georgia $68,590 $39,900 1,100
7 North Carolina $75,760 $40,550 430
8 Texas $65,460 $40,360 1,390
9 Alabama $67,810 $46,420 50
10 Tennessee $80,460 $36,240 280
11 Missouri $63,920 $42,080 240
12 Connecticut $80,550 $45,870 230
13 Virginia $70,440 $39,440 690
14 Pennsylvania $67,940 $41,050 760
15 West Virginia $67,560 $43,100 40
16 Kentucky $62,270 $35,870 120
17 Ohio $62,080 $40,330 570
18 Utah $57,410 $39,980 260
19 Florida $70,230 $44,890 920
20 Montana $64,440 $42,820 40
21 South Dakota $57,910 $33,810 100
22 North Dakota $55,680 $41,530 50
23 Idaho $61,590 $41,530 60
24 Maryland $64,250 $50,460 460
25 Michigan $59,040 $35,770 660
26 Nebraska $60,040 $34,200 100
27 New York $71,490 $42,290 1,260
28 Delaware $66,030 $41,370 40
29 Wyoming $59,380 $35,620 40
30 South Carolina $56,880 $34,670 240
31 Arizona $58,550 $41,800 290
32 Minnesota $58,200 $41,200 350
33 New Jersey $57,710 $26,850 480
34 Kansas $55,300 $40,190 120
35 Iowa $50,700 $25,100 170
36 Hawaii $0 $0 160
37 Illinois $58,780 $40,740 470
38 Rhode Island $0 $0 100
39 Wisconsin $50,910 $19,220 400
40 Louisiana $45,500 $28,470 180
41 Arkansas $46,770 $27,470 90
42 Indiana $0 $0 260

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