These Are The 10 Best States For Office Assistants

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Office Assistants are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as office assistants in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since office assistants are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where office assistants 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 office assistants.

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

  1. Michigan
  2. Texas
  3. Illinois
  4. Wyoming
  5. Alaska
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Iowa
  8. Washington
  9. Nevada
  10. Indiana

So there you have it — Office Clerks, General is the best of the best when it comes to being an office assistant.

How did Office Clerks, General end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for office assistants 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 an office assistant

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 office assistants in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well office assistants 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 office assistants in California is $35,270 and the average salary in Illinois is $35,660, 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 office assistants in America.

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

1. Michigan

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 102,910
Average Annual Salary: $34,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,340
Average Experienced Salary: $52,030
Location Quotient: 1.16

2. Texas

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 363,020
Average Annual Salary: $34,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,660
Average Experienced Salary: $54,430
Location Quotient: 1.47

3. Illinois

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 140,700
Average Annual Salary: $35,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,870
Average Experienced Salary: $55,880
Location Quotient: 1.13

4. Wyoming

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,560
Average Annual Salary: $34,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,220
Average Experienced Salary: $50,130
Location Quotient: 1.13

5. Alaska

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,810
Average Annual Salary: $47,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,440
Average Experienced Salary: $65,070
Location Quotient: 1.0

6. Wisconsin

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 84,250
Average Annual Salary: $33,520
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,840
Average Experienced Salary: $48,830
Location Quotient: 1.43

7. Iowa

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 29,880
Average Annual Salary: $33,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,220
Average Experienced Salary: $49,830
Location Quotient: 0.92

8. Washington

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 61,810
Average Annual Salary: $36,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,570
Average Experienced Salary: $51,680
Location Quotient: 0.96

9. Nevada

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 27,320
Average Annual Salary: $35,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,960
Average Experienced Salary: $52,700
Location Quotient: 1.02

10. Indiana

Best States For Office Assistants

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 57,280
Average Annual Salary: $31,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,930
Average Experienced Salary: $45,820
Location Quotient: 0.91

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Office Assistant

If you’re looking to start out your career as an office assistant 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 office assistant in America:

  1. Vermont
  2. South Dakota
  3. New Mexico

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For office assistants

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Michigan $34,150 $19,340 102,910
2 Texas $34,380 $18,660 363,020
3 Illinois $35,660 $19,870 140,700
4 Wyoming $34,080 $20,220 6,560
5 Alaska $47,130 $32,440 6,810
6 Wisconsin $33,520 $19,840 84,250
7 Iowa $33,420 $19,220 29,880
8 Washington $36,380 $23,570 61,810
9 Nevada $35,700 $20,960 27,320
10 Indiana $31,120 $18,930 57,280
11 Tennessee $32,210 $18,490 53,250
12 Arizona $34,380 $20,150 51,010
13 Minnesota $35,370 $21,260 53,070
14 Colorado $38,570 $21,050 44,650
15 Idaho $29,890 $18,190 16,420
16 Virginia $33,530 $18,870 87,200
17 Pennsylvania $32,710 $18,890 143,570
18 New Hampshire $37,210 $22,840 15,690
19 Missouri $30,530 $18,340 46,490
20 Arkansas $26,380 $17,830 28,430
21 West Virginia $27,750 $18,920 24,630
22 Ohio $31,300 $18,890 92,350
23 Georgia $28,820 $17,540 83,920
24 Kentucky $29,830 $18,820 23,620
25 North Carolina $29,810 $18,110 83,480
26 Montana $30,630 $18,740 13,240
27 Utah $29,610 $18,140 25,980
28 Kansas $29,280 $18,190 24,870
29 Oklahoma $27,920 $17,440 31,330
30 Nebraska $28,480 $19,180 17,190
31 Florida $29,630 $18,460 163,290
32 North Dakota $30,210 $18,650 8,620
33 Mississippi $26,770 $17,240 17,210
34 Rhode Island $35,050 $20,260 9,950
35 Connecticut $37,870 $20,900 32,340
36 Oregon $34,470 $21,460 33,500
37 Louisiana $25,280 $17,150 39,220
38 New Jersey $34,890 $19,570 73,320
39 Maine $31,410 $19,020 11,310
40 Massachusetts $37,940 $21,600 63,080
41 Delaware $29,280 $18,610 6,380
42 California $35,270 $21,220 320,890
43 New York $33,090 $19,390 188,240
44 Alabama $24,900 $16,890 32,610
45 Maryland $33,960 $19,260 46,300
46 South Carolina $27,830 $17,790 30,280
47 Hawaii $33,670 $21,580 12,480
48 New Mexico $25,900 $17,500 10,190
49 South Dakota $25,030 $18,840 3,670
50 Vermont $31,700 $20,520 1,750