These Are The 10 States With The Highest Detailer 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 detailers 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 detailers 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 detailers 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 detailers after this adjustment? That would be Cleaners Of Vehicles And Equipment.

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

  1. North Dakota
  2. Illinois
  3. Wyoming
  4. Nebraska
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Tennessee
  8. Iowa
  9. Washington
  10. Arkansas

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for detailers 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 $25630, so our index value would be:

$25,630 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,859

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

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

Detailed List Of Detailer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $30,110 $29,930 99.4
2 Illinois $28,985 $27,420 94.6
3 Wyoming $28,877 $26,510 91.8
4 Nebraska $28,733 $26,320 91.6
5 Wisconsin $27,840 $26,950 96.8
6 Oklahoma $27,466 $24,500 89.2
7 Tennessee $26,991 $24,130 89.4
8 Iowa $26,714 $24,310 91.0
9 Washington $26,701 $28,090 105.2
10 Arkansas $26,681 $23,240 87.1
11 Kansas $26,484 $23,810 89.9
12 Mississippi $26,309 $22,600 85.9
13 Ohio $26,183 $24,560 93.8
14 Indiana $26,067 $23,330 89.5
15 Kentucky $25,381 $22,970 90.5
16 Utah $25,129 $23,370 93.0
17 Texas $25,126 $22,790 90.7
18 Minnesota $24,970 $25,170 100.8
19 Michigan $24,943 $22,200 89.0
20 Alabama $24,934 $22,740 91.2
21 Idaho $24,766 $22,810 92.1
22 Montana $24,712 $24,910 100.8
23 New York $24,496 $32,090 131.0
24 Georgia $24,387 $22,290 91.4
25 Missouri $24,380 $22,040 90.4
26 West Virginia $24,379 $22,770 93.4
27 Florida $23,804 $23,400 98.3
28 North Carolina $23,706 $22,260 93.9
29 South Carolina $23,447 $23,260 99.2
30 Louisiana $23,322 $22,110 94.8
31 Oregon $23,174 $26,790 115.6
32 Colorado $23,131 $24,010 103.8
33 Arizona $22,979 $22,520 98.0
34 Virginia $22,946 $23,130 100.8
35 Delaware $22,850 $23,170 101.4
36 New Mexico $22,611 $21,820 96.5
37 Pennsylvania $22,593 $22,910 101.4
38 Maine $21,958 $24,330 110.8
39 Vermont $21,940 $26,570 121.1
40 New Hampshire $21,769 $25,470 117.0
41 Massachusetts $21,499 $28,680 133.4
42 South Dakota $21,407 $22,200 103.7
43 Nevada $21,384 $22,090 103.3
44 Connecticut $21,111 $26,960 127.7
45 Rhode Island $20,836 $25,150 120.7
46 Alaska $20,152 $26,420 131.1
47 New Jersey $20,082 $24,480 121.9
48 Maryland $19,689 $24,710 125.5
49 California $18,859 $25,630 135.9
50 Hawaii $15,842 $26,600 167.9