These Are The 10 States With The Highest Buyer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 buyers 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 buyers 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 buyers 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 buyers after this adjustment? That would be Wholesale And Retail Buyers, Except Farm Products.

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

  1. Georgia
  2. Illinois
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Missouri
  5. Florida
  6. Minnesota
  7. Iowa
  8. Texas
  9. Ohio
  10. North Carolina

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 buyers 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 $59300, so our index value would be:

$59,300 * (100 / 135.9) = $43,635

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

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

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Detailed List Of Buyer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Georgia $70,722 $64,640 91.4
2 Illinois $68,393 $64,700 94.6
3 Oklahoma $67,791 $60,470 89.2
4 Missouri $66,393 $60,020 90.4
5 Florida $66,266 $65,140 98.3
6 Minnesota $65,674 $66,200 100.8
7 Iowa $65,604 $59,700 91.0
8 Texas $64,961 $58,920 90.7
9 Ohio $64,381 $60,390 93.8
10 North Carolina $61,853 $58,080 93.9
11 South Carolina $60,766 $60,280 99.2
12 Nebraska $60,622 $55,530 91.6
13 West Virginia $60,235 $56,260 93.4
14 Kansas $59,999 $53,940 89.9
15 Washington $59,353 $62,440 105.2
16 Tennessee $58,646 $52,430 89.4
17 Alabama $58,497 $53,350 91.2
18 Arizona $58,265 $57,100 98.0
19 Michigan $57,966 $51,590 89.0
20 Kentucky $57,558 $52,090 90.5
21 Wisconsin $57,272 $55,440 96.8
22 Pennsylvania $56,893 $57,690 101.4
23 Delaware $56,745 $57,540 101.4
24 New Jersey $56,603 $69,000 121.9
25 Mississippi $56,495 $48,530 85.9
26 Nevada $56,282 $58,140 103.3
27 Indiana $55,843 $49,980 89.5
28 New Mexico $55,740 $53,790 96.5
29 New York $55,015 $72,070 131.0
30 Utah $53,763 $50,000 93.0
31 Colorado $53,612 $55,650 103.8
32 South Dakota $52,680 $54,630 103.7
33 Connecticut $51,769 $66,110 127.7
34 North Dakota $51,006 $50,700 99.4
35 Massachusetts $49,467 $65,990 133.4
36 Maine $49,277 $54,600 110.8
37 Louisiana $48,386 $45,870 94.8
38 Rhode Island $46,984 $56,710 120.7
39 New Hampshire $46,658 $54,590 117.0
40 Idaho $45,656 $42,050 92.1
41 Oregon $44,852 $51,850 115.6
42 Montana $44,097 $44,450 100.8
43 California $43,635 $59,300 135.9
44 Maryland $43,450 $54,530 125.5
45 Alaska $42,990 $56,360 131.1
46 Vermont $37,324 $45,200 121.1
47 Hawaii $25,920 $43,520 167.9

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