These Are The 10 Highest Cashier Salaries By State

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. Wyoming
  4. North Dakota
  5. Missouri
  6. Nebraska
  7. Utah
  8. Illinois
  9. Texas
  10. Oklahoma

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 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 $25330, so our index value would be:

$25,330 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,638

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 $25,874 $27,220 105.2
2 Michigan $24,617 $21,910 89.0
3 Wyoming $24,259 $22,270 91.8
4 North Dakota $23,923 $23,780 99.4
5 Missouri $23,495 $21,240 90.4
6 Nebraska $23,329 $21,370 91.6
7 Utah $23,021 $21,410 93.0
8 Illinois $22,864 $21,630 94.6
9 Texas $22,855 $20,730 90.7
10 Oklahoma $22,690 $20,240 89.2
11 Idaho $22,595 $20,810 92.1
12 Kansas $22,591 $20,310 89.9
13 Mississippi $22,491 $19,320 85.9
14 Arkansas $22,433 $19,540 87.1
15 Minnesota $22,371 $22,550 100.8
16 Ohio $22,356 $20,970 93.8
17 Tennessee $22,337 $19,970 89.4
18 Arizona $22,295 $21,850 98.0
19 Iowa $22,120 $20,130 91.0
20 Indiana $22,055 $19,740 89.5
21 Colorado $22,023 $22,860 103.8
22 Montana $21,894 $22,070 100.8
23 New Mexico $21,772 $21,010 96.5
24 Kentucky $21,646 $19,590 90.5
25 West Virginia $21,498 $20,080 93.4
26 Georgia $21,498 $19,650 91.4
27 Nevada $21,452 $22,160 103.3
28 Oregon $21,314 $24,640 115.6
29 North Carolina $21,096 $19,810 93.9
30 Alabama $21,041 $19,190 91.2
31 Florida $20,895 $20,540 98.3
32 Wisconsin $20,847 $20,180 96.8
33 Delaware $20,611 $20,900 101.4
34 Alaska $20,587 $26,990 131.1
35 South Dakota $20,520 $21,280 103.7
36 Virginia $20,327 $20,490 100.8
37 Louisiana $20,052 $19,010 94.8
38 Pennsylvania $19,773 $20,050 101.4
39 Rhode Island $19,660 $23,730 120.7
40 Vermont $19,537 $23,660 121.1
41 South Carolina $19,213 $19,060 99.2
42 Maine $19,106 $21,170 110.8
43 Connecticut $18,723 $23,910 127.7
44 California $18,638 $25,330 135.9
45 New Jersey $18,219 $22,210 121.9
46 Massachusetts $18,163 $24,230 133.4
47 New Hampshire $17,982 $21,040 117.0
48 Maryland $17,593 $22,080 125.5
49 New York $17,549 $22,990 131.0
50 Hawaii $14,055 $23,600 167.9
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