These Are The 10 States With The Highest Director Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay directors the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 weeks 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 directors 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 directors 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 directors 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 directors after this adjustment? That would be Medical And Health Services Managers.

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

  1. North Carolina
  2. Florida
  3. Michigan
  4. Delaware
  5. New Mexico
  6. Georgia
  7. West Virginia
  8. Texas
  9. Washington
  10. Arizona

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 directors 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 $122800, so our index value would be:

$122,800 * (100 / 135.9) = $90,360

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

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

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Detailed List Of Director Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Carolina $120,734 $113,370 93.9
2 Florida $120,590 $118,540 98.3
3 Michigan $120,123 $106,910 89.0
4 Delaware $119,743 $121,420 101.4
5 New Mexico $118,621 $114,470 96.5
6 Georgia $117,013 $106,950 91.4
7 West Virginia $116,616 $108,920 93.4
8 Texas $115,479 $104,740 90.7
9 Washington $113,783 $119,700 105.2
10 Arizona $112,918 $110,660 98.0
11 Missouri $112,809 $101,980 90.4
12 Colorado $111,502 $115,740 103.8
13 Virginia $111,359 $112,250 100.8
14 Alabama $109,934 $100,260 91.2
15 Utah $109,537 $101,870 93.0
16 Nebraska $109,410 $100,220 91.6
17 Wyoming $107,679 $98,850 91.8
18 Illinois $107,452 $101,650 94.6
19 Ohio $105,543 $99,000 93.8
20 Minnesota $104,980 $105,820 100.8
21 Tennessee $104,664 $93,570 89.4
22 Indiana $104,424 $93,460 89.5
23 Nevada $103,281 $106,690 103.3
24 Kentucky $101,977 $92,290 90.5
25 South Dakota $100,877 $104,610 103.7
26 Kansas $100,289 $90,160 89.9
27 Wisconsin $99,896 $96,700 96.8
28 Mississippi $99,208 $85,220 85.9
29 North Dakota $98,360 $97,770 99.4
30 Rhode Island $98,069 $118,370 120.7
31 New Jersey $97,957 $119,410 121.9
32 Pennsylvania $97,889 $99,260 101.4
33 Louisiana $97,552 $92,480 94.8
34 Oregon $97,448 $112,650 115.6
35 Oklahoma $96,849 $86,390 89.2
36 New Hampshire $96,111 $112,450 117.0
37 Idaho $93,843 $86,430 92.1
38 Arkansas $93,685 $81,600 87.1
39 Iowa $93,373 $84,970 91.0
40 South Carolina $92,721 $91,980 99.2
41 Maryland $91,418 $114,730 125.5
42 Massachusetts $90,899 $121,260 133.4
43 California $90,360 $122,800 135.9
44 Montana $86,795 $87,490 100.8
45 Maine $81,967 $90,820 110.8
46 Vermont $81,791 $99,050 121.1
47 Hawaii $65,265 $109,580 167.9

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