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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 drivers 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 drivers 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 drivers 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 drivers after this adjustment? That would be Driver/sales Workers.

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

  1. Idaho
  2. Alabama
  3. Texas
  4. Kansas
  5. Tennessee
  6. Arkansas
  7. Oklahoma
  8. Missouri
  9. Nevada
  10. Wisconsin

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 drivers 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 $35320, so our index value would be:

$35,320 * (100 / 135.9) = $25,989

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

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

Detailed List Of Driver Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Idaho $35,418 $32,620 92.1
2 Alabama $34,298 $31,280 91.2
3 Texas $32,535 $29,510 90.7
4 Kansas $32,347 $29,080 89.9
5 Tennessee $31,812 $28,440 89.4
6 Arkansas $31,366 $27,320 87.1
7 Oklahoma $30,616 $27,310 89.2
8 Missouri $30,376 $27,460 90.4
9 Nevada $30,300 $31,300 103.3
10 Wisconsin $30,196 $29,230 96.8
11 Michigan $29,943 $26,650 89.0
12 Nebraska $29,443 $26,970 91.6
13 Virginia $29,365 $29,600 100.8
14 Washington $28,973 $30,480 105.2
15 Vermont $28,909 $35,010 121.1
16 North Carolina $28,828 $27,070 93.9
17 Illinois $28,742 $27,190 94.6
18 North Dakota $28,651 $28,480 99.4
19 South Dakota $28,601 $29,660 103.7
20 Iowa $28,494 $25,930 91.0
21 Kentucky $28,464 $25,760 90.5
22 Louisiana $28,227 $26,760 94.8
23 Montana $28,095 $28,320 100.8
24 Utah $27,838 $25,890 93.0
25 Indiana $27,787 $24,870 89.5
26 Mississippi $27,601 $23,710 85.9
27 Delaware $27,524 $27,910 101.4
28 Maine $27,391 $30,350 110.8
29 Wyoming $27,200 $24,970 91.8
30 West Virginia $26,862 $25,090 93.4
31 Georgia $26,783 $24,480 91.4
32 Pennsylvania $26,696 $27,070 101.4
33 Ohio $26,684 $25,030 93.8
34 New Jersey $26,652 $32,490 121.9
35 Oregon $26,392 $30,510 115.6
36 Minnesota $26,200 $26,410 100.8
37 California $25,989 $35,320 135.9
38 South Carolina $25,907 $25,700 99.2
39 Florida $25,747 $25,310 98.3
40 Colorado $25,722 $26,700 103.8
41 Arizona $25,336 $24,830 98.0
42 New Hampshire $25,333 $29,640 117.0
43 Maryland $25,163 $31,580 125.5
44 Rhode Island $24,705 $29,820 120.7
45 Massachusetts $24,415 $32,570 133.4
46 New Mexico $24,165 $23,320 96.5
47 Alaska $24,126 $31,630 131.1
48 Connecticut $23,766 $30,350 127.7
49 New York $21,206 $27,780 131.0
50 Hawaii $19,606 $32,920 167.9
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