These Are The 10 Best States For Servers

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

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

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

  1. Florida
  2. Texas
  3. Michigan
  4. Wyoming
  5. Washington
  6. Arizona
  7. West Virginia
  8. Nevada
  9. Ohio
  10. Vermont

So there you have it — Waiters And Waitresses is the best of the best when it comes to being a server.

How did Waiters And Waitresses end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for servers and for more on the top ten states.

If youÂ’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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How we determined the best states to be a server

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 servers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well servers 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 servers in California is $30,940 and the average salary in Illinois is $22,120, 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 servers in America.

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

1. Florida

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 217,790
Average Annual Salary: $26,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,700
Average Experienced Salary: $44,680
Location Quotient: 1.45

2. Texas

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 219,680
Average Annual Salary: $23,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,290
Average Experienced Salary: $38,850
Location Quotient: 1.02

3. Michigan

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 79,900
Average Annual Salary: $21,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,980
Average Experienced Salary: $30,160
Location Quotient: 1.04

4. Wyoming

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,370
Average Annual Salary: $22,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,210
Average Experienced Salary: $36,280
Location Quotient: 1.06

5. Washington

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 48,380
Average Annual Salary: $31,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,520
Average Experienced Salary: $52,880
Location Quotient: 0.86

6. Arizona

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 53,580
Average Annual Salary: $22,700
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,490
Average Experienced Salary: $36,240
Location Quotient: 1.11

7. West Virginia

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 12,110
Average Annual Salary: $23,180
Average Entry Level Salary: $18,470
Average Experienced Salary: $33,430
Location Quotient: 0.95

8. Nevada

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 39,450
Average Annual Salary: $25,510
Average Entry Level Salary: $16,540
Average Experienced Salary: $38,830
Location Quotient: 1.7

9. Ohio

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 98,150
Average Annual Salary: $22,100
Average Entry Level Salary: $17,590
Average Experienced Salary: $33,340
Location Quotient: 1.01

10. Vermont

Best States For Servers

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,400
Average Annual Salary: $31,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $19,980
Average Experienced Salary: $48,950
Location Quotient: 0.97

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Server

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

  1. Maryland
  2. New Jersey
  3. Connecticut

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best States For servers

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Florida $26,860 $17,700 217,790
2 Texas $23,250 $16,290 219,680
3 Michigan $21,710 $17,980 79,900
4 Wyoming $22,310 $16,210 5,370
5 Washington $31,140 $20,520 48,380
6 Arizona $22,700 $17,490 53,580
7 West Virginia $23,180 $18,470 12,110
8 Nevada $25,510 $16,540 39,450
9 Ohio $22,100 $17,590 98,150
10 Vermont $31,770 $19,980 5,400
11 Indiana $21,350 $16,220 52,880
12 Virginia $24,710 $16,610 70,230
13 Oklahoma $21,260 $16,130 27,610
14 Oregon $26,240 $19,910 33,100
15 Utah $23,650 $16,450 18,800
16 Colorado $22,990 $17,830 52,540
17 Illinois $22,120 $17,990 91,370
18 Missouri $20,180 $16,760 50,330
19 New Mexico $21,360 $16,570 16,370
20 Minnesota $22,350 $19,120 50,230
21 North Carolina $20,970 $16,200 79,120
22 Idaho $21,050 $16,130 11,410
23 Mississippi $19,340 $16,130 19,390
24 Hawaii $37,100 $18,480 16,110
25 Iowa $20,750 $16,230 24,180
26 Montana $21,590 $17,480 8,540
27 Kansas $20,070 $16,180 22,720
28 California $30,940 $20,810 280,100
29 New York $29,980 $19,000 155,540
30 Nebraska $21,150 $18,850 15,270
31 New Hampshire $25,220 $16,340 12,240
32 Tennessee $19,670 $16,130 50,690
33 Alaska $31,230 $20,350 4,260
34 Arkansas $19,300 $17,000 19,360
35 Georgia $19,200 $16,080 79,130
36 Delaware $22,520 $17,620 6,950
37 Maine $23,000 $16,820 11,740
38 Alabama $19,780 $16,150 32,420
39 Rhode Island $23,850 $19,970 10,220
40 Louisiana $18,390 $16,020 38,810
41 Wisconsin $21,390 $16,230 43,190
42 Kentucky $19,930 $16,100 29,370
43 South Carolina $20,130 $16,110 36,570
44 South Dakota $21,320 $18,390 7,240
45 Massachusetts $28,160 $20,810 61,350
46 North Dakota $21,100 $16,180 7,330
47 Pennsylvania $22,090 $16,500 98,780
48 Connecticut $24,020 $19,970 28,430
49 New Jersey $25,090 $18,780 59,810
50 Maryland $23,780 $17,630 42,360