These Are The 10 States With The Highest Business Analyst Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay business analysts the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 months ago




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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do business analysts get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for business analysts by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for business analysts by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for business analysts after this adjustment? That would be Management Analysts.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Texas
  2. Georgia
  3. Alabama
  4. Virginia
  5. North Carolina
  6. Washington
  7. Illinois
  8. Tennessee
  9. Colorado
  10. Kansas

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for business analysts from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $94550, so our index value would be:

$94,550 * (100 / 135.9) = $69,573

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for business analysts.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

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Detailed List Of Business Analyst Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $107,717 $97,700 90.7
2 Georgia $103,884 $94,950 91.4
3 Alabama $102,445 $93,430 91.2
4 Virginia $102,013 $102,830 100.8
5 North Carolina $100,042 $93,940 93.9
6 Washington $96,634 $101,660 105.2
7 Illinois $94,894 $89,770 94.6
8 Tennessee $91,733 $82,010 89.4
9 Colorado $90,934 $94,390 103.8
10 Kansas $89,877 $80,800 89.9
11 Missouri $89,623 $81,020 90.4
12 Mississippi $88,603 $76,110 85.9
13 Idaho $88,490 $81,500 92.1
14 Nebraska $87,696 $80,330 91.6
15 Minnesota $87,519 $88,220 100.8
16 Pennsylvania $87,327 $88,550 101.4
17 Indiana $86,446 $77,370 89.5
18 Ohio $86,162 $80,820 93.8
19 Oklahoma $85,863 $76,590 89.2
20 Kentucky $85,734 $77,590 90.5
21 Iowa $84,395 $76,800 91.0
22 New Hampshire $83,760 $98,000 117.0
23 New York $82,152 $107,620 131.0
24 Delaware $82,090 $83,240 101.4
25 Utah $81,946 $76,210 93.0
26 Wisconsin $81,539 $78,930 96.8
27 Florida $81,393 $80,010 98.3
28 Montana $81,021 $81,670 100.8
29 New Jersey $80,910 $98,630 121.9
30 Louisiana $79,778 $75,630 94.8
31 Arizona $79,632 $78,040 98.0
32 Massachusetts $79,422 $105,950 133.4
33 New Mexico $77,958 $75,230 96.5
34 South Dakota $77,299 $80,160 103.7
35 Vermont $76,284 $92,380 121.1
36 South Carolina $76,149 $75,540 99.2
37 Connecticut $75,888 $96,910 127.7
38 Maryland $75,529 $94,790 125.5
39 West Virginia $74,132 $69,240 93.4
40 North Dakota $72,937 $72,500 99.4
41 Oregon $72,690 $84,030 115.6
42 Rhode Island $70,944 $85,630 120.7
43 Nevada $70,580 $72,910 103.3
44 Arkansas $69,678 $60,690 87.1
45 California $69,573 $94,550 135.9
46 Alaska $65,804 $86,270 131.1
47 Maine $61,407 $68,040 110.8
48 Hawaii $46,343 $77,810 167.9

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