The 10 States With The Highest Crew Member Salaries For 2019

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. Washington
  2. North Dakota
  3. Nebraska
  4. Michigan
  5. Arizona
  6. Minnesota
  7. Illinois
  8. Colorado
  9. Iowa
  10. Missouri

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 2018 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 $26080, so our index value would be:

$26,080 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,190

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.

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Detailed List Of Crew Member Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $26,055 $27,410 105.2
2 North Dakota $25,140 $24,990 99.4
3 Nebraska $24,945 $22,850 91.6
4 Michigan $24,741 $22,020 89.0
5 Arizona $24,530 $24,040 98.0
6 Minnesota $24,345 $24,540 100.8
7 Illinois $23,509 $22,240 94.6
8 Colorado $23,400 $24,290 103.8
9 Iowa $23,395 $21,290 91.0
10 Missouri $23,351 $21,110 90.4
11 Mississippi $23,201 $19,930 85.9
12 Texas $23,020 $20,880 90.7
13 Arkansas $22,916 $19,960 87.1
14 Wyoming $22,483 $20,640 91.8
15 Tennessee $22,225 $19,870 89.4
16 Montana $22,202 $22,380 100.8
17 Idaho $22,160 $20,410 92.1
18 Kansas $22,146 $19,910 89.9
19 West Virginia $22,055 $20,600 93.4
20 Vermont $21,981 $26,620 121.1
21 Utah $21,978 $20,440 93.0
22 Indiana $21,865 $19,570 89.5
23 Ohio $21,844 $20,490 93.8
24 Florida $21,485 $21,120 98.3
25 Oregon $21,435 $24,780 115.6
26 Oklahoma $21,278 $18,980 89.2
27 Kentucky $21,160 $19,150 90.5
28 South Dakota $21,128 $21,910 103.7
29 North Carolina $21,011 $19,730 93.9
30 Georgia $20,984 $19,180 91.4
31 Wisconsin $20,960 $20,290 96.8
32 Virginia $20,694 $20,860 100.8
33 Nevada $20,638 $21,320 103.3
34 New Mexico $20,601 $19,880 96.5
35 Rhode Island $20,571 $24,830 120.7
36 Delaware $20,542 $20,830 101.4
37 Pennsylvania $20,502 $20,790 101.4
38 Alabama $20,482 $18,680 91.2
39 Louisiana $20,316 $19,260 94.8
40 Maine $20,243 $22,430 110.8
41 Massachusetts $20,119 $26,840 133.4
42 Connecticut $20,086 $25,650 127.7
43 Alaska $19,969 $26,180 131.1
44 New York $19,442 $25,470 131.0
45 California $19,190 $26,080 135.9
46 South Carolina $19,062 $18,910 99.2
47 New Jersey $18,990 $23,150 121.9
48 Maryland $18,884 $23,700 125.5
49 New Hampshire $18,717 $21,900 117.0
50 Hawaii $14,782 $24,820 167.9
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