The 10 States With The Highest Cashier Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 cashiers 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 cashiers 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 cashiers 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 cashiers after this adjustment? That would be Cashiers.

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

  1. Washington
  2. Michigan
  3. Arizona
  4. North Dakota
  5. Nebraska
  6. Wyoming
  7. Colorado
  8. Utah
  9. Illinois
  10. Minnesota

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 cashiers from the 2018 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 $27450, so our index value would be:

$27,450 * (100 / 135.9) = $20,198

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

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

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Detailed List Of Cashier Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $27,899 $29,350 105.2
2 Michigan $26,056 $23,190 89.0
3 Arizona $25,479 $24,970 98.0
4 North Dakota $25,301 $25,150 99.4
5 Nebraska $25,174 $23,060 91.6
6 Wyoming $25,163 $23,100 91.8
7 Colorado $24,913 $25,860 103.8
8 Utah $24,774 $23,040 93.0
9 Illinois $24,714 $23,380 94.6
10 Minnesota $24,623 $24,820 100.8
11 Missouri $24,391 $22,050 90.4
12 Arkansas $24,328 $21,190 87.1
13 Texas $24,255 $22,000 90.7
14 Idaho $24,180 $22,270 92.1
15 Kansas $23,993 $21,570 89.9
16 Iowa $23,967 $21,810 91.0
17 Tennessee $23,892 $21,360 89.4
18 Indiana $23,608 $21,130 89.5
19 Ohio $23,571 $22,110 93.8
20 Oklahoma $23,419 $20,890 89.2
21 New Mexico $22,880 $22,080 96.5
22 West Virginia $22,858 $21,350 93.4
23 Mississippi $22,840 $19,620 85.9
24 Montana $22,748 $22,930 100.8
25 Georgia $22,724 $20,770 91.4
26 Alabama $22,609 $20,620 91.2
27 Oregon $22,595 $26,120 115.6
28 Nevada $22,565 $23,310 103.3
29 Kentucky $22,563 $20,420 90.5
30 Wisconsin $22,510 $21,790 96.8
31 Florida $22,248 $21,870 98.3
32 Delaware $21,913 $22,220 101.4
33 North Carolina $21,874 $20,540 93.9
34 Virginia $21,845 $22,020 100.8
35 South Dakota $21,658 $22,460 103.7
36 Alaska $21,380 $28,030 131.1
37 Maine $20,920 $23,180 110.8
38 Vermont $20,916 $25,330 121.1
39 Louisiana $20,875 $19,790 94.8
40 Pennsylvania $20,867 $21,160 101.4
41 Rhode Island $20,803 $25,110 120.7
42 South Carolina $20,322 $20,160 99.2
43 California $20,198 $27,450 135.9
44 Connecticut $19,804 $25,290 127.7
45 Massachusetts $19,722 $26,310 133.4
46 New York $19,496 $25,540 131.0
47 New Hampshire $19,470 $22,780 117.0
48 New Jersey $19,187 $23,390 121.9
49 Maryland $19,043 $23,900 125.5
50 Hawaii $15,544 $26,100 167.9
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