These Are The 10 Highest Custodian Salaries By State

By Chris Kolmar - Feb. 1, 2018

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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 custodians 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 custodians 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 custodians 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 custodians after this adjustment? That would be Janitors And Cleaners, Except Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Washington
  5. Minnesota
  6. Michigan
  7. Iowa
  8. Ohio
  9. Indiana
  10. Kansas

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 custodians 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 $30350, so our index value would be:

$30,350 * (100 / 135.9) = $22,332

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

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

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Detailed List Of Custodian Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $31,532 $29,830 94.6
2 Wyoming $31,034 $28,490 91.8
3 North Dakota $30,181 $30,000 99.4
4 Washington $29,866 $31,420 105.2
5 Minnesota $29,394 $29,630 100.8
6 Michigan $29,348 $26,120 89.0
7 Iowa $29,010 $26,400 91.0
8 Ohio $28,368 $26,610 93.8
9 Indiana $28,122 $25,170 89.5
10 Kansas $27,975 $25,150 89.9
11 Nebraska $27,936 $25,590 91.6
12 Nevada $27,560 $28,470 103.3
13 Montana $27,202 $27,420 100.8
14 Missouri $27,179 $24,570 90.4
15 Kentucky $27,071 $24,500 90.5
16 Wisconsin $26,818 $25,960 96.8
17 Idaho $26,579 $24,480 92.1
18 Pennsylvania $26,410 $26,780 101.4
19 Tennessee $26,375 $23,580 89.4
20 West Virginia $26,209 $24,480 93.4
21 Colorado $26,127 $27,120 103.8
22 Delaware $25,946 $26,310 101.4
23 Massachusetts $25,584 $34,130 133.4
24 Connecticut $25,544 $32,620 127.7
25 Georgia $25,492 $23,300 91.4
26 New Jersey $25,365 $30,920 121.9
27 Oklahoma $25,313 $22,580 89.2
28 Maine $25,306 $28,040 110.8
29 Arkansas $25,281 $22,020 87.1
30 Virginia $25,188 $25,390 100.8
31 Utah $25,150 $23,390 93.0
32 Texas $25,137 $22,800 90.7
33 Arizona $24,938 $24,440 98.0
34 Mississippi $24,912 $21,400 85.9
35 New York $24,709 $32,370 131.0
36 Alaska $24,691 $32,370 131.1
37 Alabama $24,539 $22,380 91.2
38 Oregon $24,359 $28,160 115.6
39 New Hampshire $24,316 $28,450 117.0
40 Vermont $24,029 $29,100 121.1
41 North Carolina $23,940 $22,480 93.9
42 New Mexico $23,917 $23,080 96.5
43 Rhode Island $23,869 $28,810 120.7
44 South Dakota $23,857 $24,740 103.7
45 Florida $23,540 $23,140 98.3
46 Louisiana $22,668 $21,490 94.8
47 California $22,332 $30,350 135.9
48 South Carolina $22,237 $22,060 99.2
49 Maryland $21,195 $26,600 125.5
50 Hawaii $16,658 $27,970 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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