These Are The 10 Best States For Retail Salespersons

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Retail Salespersons to open up shop.

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

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

  1. South Dakota
  2. Idaho
  3. Washington
  4. North Dakota
  5. Montana
  6. Mississippi
  7. Alabama
  8. Oregon
  9. Nebraska
  10. Arkansas

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

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How we determined the best states to be a retail salespersons?

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 retail salespersons in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well retail salespersons 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 in 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 Retail Salespersons in California is $57,315 and the average salary in Illinois is $52,304, 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 Retail Salespersons in America.

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

1. South Dakota

Total Jobs: 16,040
Average Annual Salary: $27,800
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,280
Average Experienced Salary: $45,440
Location Quotient: 1.16

2. Idaho

Total Jobs: 23,210
Average Annual Salary: $27,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,640
Average Experienced Salary: $43,410
Location Quotient: 1.08

3. Washington

Total Jobs: 105,910
Average Annual Salary: $29,980
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,230
Average Experienced Salary: $44,840
Location Quotient: 1.06

4. North Dakota

Total Jobs: 14,060
Average Annual Salary: $30,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,490
Average Experienced Salary: $50,790
Location Quotient: 0.94

5. Montana

Total Jobs: 15,470
Average Annual Salary: $27,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,720
Average Experienced Salary: $39,210
Location Quotient: 1.03

6. Mississippi

Total Jobs: 40,990
Average Annual Salary: $25,350
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,430
Average Experienced Salary: $39,380
Location Quotient: 1.11

7. Alabama

Total Jobs: 59,620
Average Annual Salary: $25,990
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,500
Average Experienced Salary: $42,370
Location Quotient: 0.95

8. Oregon

Total Jobs: 63,090
Average Annual Salary: $27,460
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,650
Average Experienced Salary: $39,090
Location Quotient: 1.09

9. Nebraska

Total Jobs: 29,430
Average Annual Salary: $27,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,400
Average Experienced Salary: $45,760
Location Quotient: 0.92

10. Arkansas

Total Jobs: 38,980
Average Annual Salary: $24,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,460
Average Experienced Salary: $38,370
Location Quotient: 0.99

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a retail salespersons 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 aretail salespersons in America:

  1. Maryland
  2. Connecticut
  3. Massachusetts

Detailed List Of The Best States For Retail Salespersons

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 South Dakota $27,800 $18,280 16,040
2 Idaho $27,070 $16,640 23,210
3 Washington $29,980 $20,230 105,910
4 North Dakota $30,740 $17,490 14,060
5 Montana $27,130 $17,720 15,470
6 Mississippi $25,350 $16,430 40,990
7 Alabama $25,990 $16,500 59,620
8 Oregon $27,460 $19,650 63,090
9 Nebraska $27,240 $17,400 29,430
10 Arkansas $24,380 $16,460 38,980
11 Texas $26,710 $16,550 390,580
12 Rhode Island $31,020 $19,050 14,350
13 Wyoming $28,070 $17,000 8,500
14 Kentucky $24,360 $16,330 54,950
15 Vermont $28,830 $19,400 9,330
16 New Mexico $25,860 $17,070 28,470
17 Ohio $25,760 $17,540 162,130
18 Missouri $25,590 $16,830 85,500
19 Tennessee $25,750 $16,480 91,850
20 Michigan $25,800 $17,610 144,300
21 Oklahoma $25,830 $16,460 50,460
22 Utah $26,000 $16,450 43,300
23 South Carolina $24,150 $16,410 69,290
24 West Virginia $23,560 $17,210 22,990
25 Colorado $28,360 $17,960 81,470
26 Indiana $24,770 $16,380 92,490
27 Kansas $25,790 $16,500 40,580
28 Pennsylvania $26,350 $16,580 189,360
29 Georgia $24,270 $16,340 142,150
30 North Carolina $25,630 $16,460 141,230
31 Florida $25,140 $17,480 337,140
32 Illinois $26,700 $18,250 189,220
33 Alaska $27,940 $19,750 10,570
34 Maine $25,660 $17,130 20,530
35 Louisiana $24,430 $16,500 61,710
36 Delaware $25,370 $17,170 17,550
37 Iowa $25,850 $16,460 44,800
38 Arizona $24,900 $17,600 90,150
39 New Hampshire $26,310 $16,750 27,720
40 Nevada $25,480 $16,780 50,990
41 Minnesota $25,480 $17,420 88,670
42 New York $27,150 $18,550 324,680
43 New Jersey $26,780 $18,120 136,370
44 Wisconsin $24,970 $16,430 89,180
45 Hawaii $26,860 $17,630 24,770
46 California $28,430 $19,080 452,990
47 Virginia $24,400 $16,530 128,150
48 Massachusetts $27,110 $19,050 114,570
49 Connecticut $27,950 $19,260 52,950
50 Maryland $26,220 $17,400 73,300

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