These Are The 10 States With The Highest Consultant 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 consultants 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 consultants 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 consultants 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 consultants after this adjustment? That would be Business Operations Specialists, All Other.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Virginia
  4. Nebraska
  5. Wyoming
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Arkansas
  8. Kansas
  9. Georgia
  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 consultants 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 $82150, so our index value would be:

$82,150 * (100 / 135.9) = $60,448

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

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

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Detailed List Of Consultant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $88,776 $80,520 90.7
2 Alabama $88,114 $80,360 91.2
3 Virginia $85,128 $85,810 100.8
4 Nebraska $81,495 $74,650 91.6
5 Wyoming $80,969 $74,330 91.8
6 Oklahoma $80,000 $71,360 89.2
7 Arkansas $79,402 $69,160 87.1
8 Kansas $78,787 $70,830 89.9
9 Georgia $76,969 $70,350 91.4
10 North Carolina $76,964 $72,270 93.9
11 Missouri $76,758 $69,390 90.4
12 Colorado $76,098 $78,990 103.8
13 Michigan $75,157 $66,890 89.0
14 Pennsylvania $74,349 $75,390 101.4
15 Idaho $73,452 $67,650 92.1
16 West Virginia $73,072 $68,250 93.4
17 Washington $73,051 $76,850 105.2
18 Kentucky $72,099 $65,250 90.5
19 Ohio $71,908 $67,450 93.8
20 Utah $71,526 $66,520 93.0
21 New York $71,465 $93,620 131.0
22 Illinois $71,099 $67,260 94.6
23 Maryland $70,900 $88,980 125.5
24 Delaware $70,631 $71,620 101.4
25 Mississippi $70,465 $60,530 85.9
26 Tennessee $70,190 $62,750 89.4
27 Arizona $69,448 $68,060 98.0
28 Florida $69,267 $68,090 98.3
29 Nevada $68,528 $70,790 103.3
30 New Mexico $68,393 $66,000 96.5
31 Iowa $68,296 $62,150 91.0
32 Minnesota $67,628 $68,170 100.8
33 Indiana $67,374 $60,300 89.5
34 South Carolina $66,270 $65,740 99.2
35 North Dakota $64,346 $63,960 99.4
36 South Dakota $64,300 $66,680 103.7
37 Wisconsin $62,820 $60,810 96.8
38 Rhode Island $62,651 $75,620 120.7
39 Montana $62,222 $62,720 100.8
40 Massachusetts $62,128 $82,880 133.4
41 New Jersey $61,870 $75,420 121.9
42 California $60,448 $82,150 135.9
43 Alaska $60,183 $78,900 131.1
44 Louisiana $59,071 $56,000 94.8
45 Oregon $58,538 $67,670 115.6
46 New Hampshire $58,367 $68,290 117.0
47 Vermont $57,530 $69,670 121.1
48 Connecticut $57,235 $73,090 127.7
49 Maine $56,967 $63,120 110.8
50 Hawaii $40,184 $67,470 167.9