These Are The 10 States With The Highest Computer Aided Design Designer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 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 computer aided design designers 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 computer aided design designers 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 computer aided design designers 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 computer aided design designers after this adjustment? That would be Computer Hardware Engineers.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Virginia
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Iowa
  6. Utah
  7. Idaho
  8. Colorado
  9. Missouri
  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 computer aided design designers 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 $136630, so our index value would be:

$136,630 * (100 / 135.9) = $100,537

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for computer aided design designers.

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

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Detailed List Of Computer Aided Design Designer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $123,583 $112,090 90.7
2 Alabama $120,668 $110,050 91.2
3 Virginia $120,367 $121,330 100.8
4 Oklahoma $116,771 $104,160 89.2
5 Iowa $115,956 $105,520 91.0
6 Utah $112,720 $104,830 93.0
7 Idaho $112,660 $103,760 92.1
8 Colorado $111,512 $115,750 103.8
9 Missouri $110,331 $99,740 90.4
10 North Carolina $109,840 $103,140 93.9
11 Mississippi $109,732 $94,260 85.9
12 Minnesota $108,253 $109,120 100.8
13 Arizona $105,367 $103,260 98.0
14 Washington $103,174 $108,540 105.2
15 Kansas $102,847 $92,460 89.9
16 Tennessee $101,778 $90,990 89.4
17 Illinois $100,708 $95,270 94.6
18 California $100,537 $136,630 135.9
19 West Virginia $97,665 $91,220 93.4
20 Georgia $97,505 $89,120 91.4
21 Ohio $96,492 $90,510 93.8
22 Maryland $94,334 $118,390 125.5
23 Florida $93,530 $91,940 98.3
24 Louisiana $93,206 $88,360 94.8
25 Pennsylvania $93,175 $94,480 101.4
26 Indiana $93,128 $83,350 89.5
27 South Carolina $93,084 $92,340 99.2
28 Nebraska $89,432 $81,920 91.6
29 Nevada $87,405 $90,290 103.3
30 Vermont $85,210 $103,190 121.1
31 New Jersey $84,766 $103,330 121.9
32 Massachusetts $83,748 $111,720 133.4
33 New York $83,465 $109,340 131.0
34 Arkansas $80,746 $70,330 87.1
35 Wisconsin $79,907 $77,350 96.8
36 Connecticut $79,710 $101,790 127.7
37 Rhode Island $78,342 $94,560 120.7
38 Hawaii $49,303 $82,780 167.9

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