These Are The 10 States With The Highest Camp Counselor Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 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 camp counselors 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 camp counselors 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 camp counselors 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 camp counselors after this adjustment? That would be Recreation Workers.

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

  1. Alaska
  2. Nevada
  3. North Dakota
  4. Idaho
  5. North Carolina
  6. Mississippi
  7. South Dakota
  8. Washington
  9. Wyoming
  10. Iowa

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 camp counselors 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 $29660, so our index value would be:

$29,660 * (100 / 135.9) = $21,824

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

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

Detailed List Of Camp Counselor Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Alaska $35,972 $47,160 131.1
2 Nevada $31,113 $32,140 103.3
3 North Dakota $31,006 $30,820 99.4
4 Idaho $30,260 $27,870 92.1
5 North Carolina $29,850 $28,030 93.9
6 Mississippi $29,802 $25,600 85.9
7 South Dakota $29,450 $30,540 103.7
8 Washington $29,410 $30,940 105.2
9 Wyoming $28,790 $26,430 91.8
10 Iowa $28,230 $25,690 91.0
11 Kentucky $28,198 $25,520 90.5
12 Minnesota $28,164 $28,390 100.8
13 Missouri $28,075 $25,380 90.4
14 Michigan $27,955 $24,880 89.0
15 Oklahoma $27,914 $24,900 89.2
16 Utah $27,860 $25,910 93.0
17 Virginia $27,668 $27,890 100.8
18 Texas $27,596 $25,030 90.7
19 Delaware $27,504 $27,890 101.4
20 Ohio $27,377 $25,680 93.8
21 Georgia $27,352 $25,000 91.4
22 Kansas $27,174 $24,430 89.9
23 Nebraska $27,128 $24,850 91.6
24 Colorado $27,032 $28,060 103.8
25 Illinois $27,029 $25,570 94.6
26 Pennsylvania $27,001 $27,380 101.4
27 Arizona $26,765 $26,230 98.0
28 West Virginia $26,477 $24,730 93.4
29 Tennessee $26,387 $23,590 89.4
30 South Carolina $26,381 $26,170 99.2
31 Indiana $26,044 $23,310 89.5
32 Montana $26,041 $26,250 100.8
33 Florida $25,981 $25,540 98.3
34 Alabama $25,592 $23,340 91.2
35 Vermont $25,499 $30,880 121.1
36 New Hampshire $25,376 $29,690 117.0
37 Arkansas $25,109 $21,870 87.1
38 Connecticut $25,011 $31,940 127.7
39 Wisconsin $24,865 $24,070 96.8
40 Oregon $24,307 $28,100 115.6
41 Maine $23,745 $26,310 110.8
42 New Mexico $23,388 $22,570 96.5
43 Louisiana $23,312 $22,100 94.8
44 New York $23,236 $30,440 131.0
45 New Jersey $22,887 $27,900 121.9
46 Maryland $22,047 $27,670 125.5
47 Rhode Island $22,013 $26,570 120.7
48 California $21,824 $29,660 135.9
49 Massachusetts $21,739 $29,000 133.4
50 Hawaii $18,082 $30,360 167.9