These Are The 10 Highest Crew Member 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 crew members 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 crew members 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 crew members 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 crew members after this adjustment? That would be Combined Food Preparation And Serving Workers, Including Fast Food.

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

  1. North Dakota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Washington
  4. Michigan
  5. Mississippi
  6. Wyoming
  7. Missouri
  8. Illinois
  9. Arkansas
  10. Texas

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 crew members 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 $23680, so our index value would be:

$23,680 * (100 / 135.9) = $17,424

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

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

Detailed List Of Crew Member Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $23,561 $23,420 99.4
2 Nebraska $23,165 $21,220 91.6
3 Washington $23,022 $24,220 105.2
4 Michigan $22,865 $20,350 89.0
5 Mississippi $21,897 $18,810 85.9
6 Wyoming $21,851 $20,060 91.8
7 Missouri $21,792 $19,700 90.4
8 Illinois $21,775 $20,600 94.6
9 Arkansas $21,607 $18,820 87.1
10 Texas $21,521 $19,520 90.7
11 Minnesota $21,448 $21,620 100.8
12 West Virginia $21,284 $19,880 93.4
13 Ohio $21,172 $19,860 93.8
14 Iowa $21,131 $19,230 91.0
15 Kansas $21,056 $18,930 89.9
16 Tennessee $21,029 $18,800 89.4
17 Idaho $20,998 $19,340 92.1
18 Utah $20,924 $19,460 93.0
19 Arizona $20,755 $20,340 98.0
20 Indiana $20,547 $18,390 89.5
21 Colorado $20,529 $21,310 103.8
22 Florida $20,396 $20,050 98.3
23 Oklahoma $20,392 $18,190 89.2
24 Vermont $20,313 $24,600 121.1
25 Montana $20,277 $20,440 100.8
26 Georgia $20,196 $18,460 91.4
27 Kentucky $20,044 $18,140 90.5
28 Delaware $19,842 $20,120 101.4
29 Oregon $19,835 $22,930 115.6
30 Alabama $19,835 $18,090 91.2
31 Virginia $19,821 $19,980 100.8
32 Nevada $19,787 $20,440 103.3
33 North Carolina $19,733 $18,530 93.9
34 Wisconsin $19,638 $19,010 96.8
35 South Dakota $19,469 $20,190 103.7
36 New Mexico $19,367 $18,690 96.5
37 Louisiana $19,261 $18,260 94.8
38 Pennsylvania $18,994 $19,260 101.4
39 Connecticut $18,606 $23,760 127.7
40 Alaska $18,459 $24,200 131.1
41 South Carolina $18,346 $18,200 99.2
42 Massachusetts $18,313 $24,430 133.4
43 Rhode Island $18,268 $22,050 120.7
44 New Jersey $18,039 $21,990 121.9
45 New Hampshire $17,581 $20,570 117.0
46 California $17,424 $23,680 135.9
47 Maine $17,409 $19,290 110.8
48 New York $16,618 $21,770 131.0
49 Maryland $16,565 $20,790 125.5
50 Hawaii $13,716 $23,030 167.9

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