These Are The 10 States With The Highest Claims Adjuster Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 claims adjusters 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 claims adjusters 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 claims adjusters 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 claims adjusters after this adjustment? That would be Claims Adjusters, Examiners, And Investigators.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Louisiana
  3. Mississippi
  4. Michigan
  5. Arkansas
  6. Wyoming
  7. Missouri
  8. Ohio
  9. Illinois
  10. Tennessee

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for claims adjusters 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 $67470, so our index value would be:

$67,470 * (100 / 135.9) = $49,646

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

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

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Detailed List Of Claims Adjuster Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $77,949 $70,700 90.7
2 Louisiana $76,877 $72,880 94.8
3 Mississippi $74,062 $63,620 85.9
4 Michigan $72,775 $64,770 89.0
5 Arkansas $71,699 $62,450 87.1
6 Wyoming $70,773 $64,970 91.8
7 Missouri $70,398 $63,640 90.4
8 Ohio $69,978 $65,640 93.8
9 Illinois $69,873 $66,100 94.6
10 Tennessee $69,015 $61,700 89.4
11 Kansas $68,687 $61,750 89.9
12 Colorado $68,371 $70,970 103.8
13 Alabama $66,896 $61,010 91.2
14 North Carolina $66,826 $62,750 93.9
15 Indiana $66,156 $59,210 89.5
16 Idaho $66,058 $60,840 92.1
17 Georgia $65,547 $59,910 91.4
18 Iowa $65,450 $59,560 91.0
19 Washington $65,199 $68,590 105.2
20 Utah $64,139 $59,650 93.0
21 Nebraska $63,744 $58,390 91.6
22 Delaware $63,609 $64,500 101.4
23 Oklahoma $63,542 $56,680 89.2
24 Nevada $63,301 $65,390 103.3
25 Florida $62,868 $61,800 98.3
26 Wisconsin $62,799 $60,790 96.8
27 Kentucky $62,287 $56,370 90.5
28 Virginia $62,053 $62,550 100.8
29 Pennsylvania $61,499 $62,360 101.4
30 New Mexico $61,430 $59,280 96.5
31 Oregon $61,271 $70,830 115.6
32 New Jersey $60,877 $74,210 121.9
33 South Dakota $60,501 $62,740 103.7
34 Minnesota $59,851 $60,330 100.8
35 West Virginia $59,668 $55,730 93.4
36 Rhode Island $58,177 $70,220 120.7
37 South Carolina $57,429 $56,970 99.2
38 Connecticut $56,703 $72,410 127.7
39 Alaska $56,323 $73,840 131.1
40 New Hampshire $56,153 $65,700 117.0
41 Maryland $55,904 $70,160 125.5
42 Vermont $54,863 $66,440 121.1
43 Maine $52,653 $58,340 110.8
44 Massachusetts $52,203 $69,640 133.4
45 New York $51,312 $67,220 131.0
46 California $49,646 $67,470 135.9
47 North Dakota $49,124 $48,830 99.4
48 Hawaii $36,986 $62,100 167.9
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