The 10 States With The Highest Driver Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Alabama
  2. Kansas
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Arkansas
  5. Montana
  6. Michigan
  7. Missouri
  8. Iowa
  9. Texas
  10. Nevada

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 drivers 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 $37080, so our index value would be:

$37,080 * (100 / 135.9) = $27,284

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 Alabama $35,964 $32,800 91.2
2 Kansas $33,348 $29,980 89.9
3 Oklahoma $33,082 $29,510 89.2
4 Arkansas $32,698 $28,480 87.1
5 Montana $32,529 $32,790 100.8
6 Michigan $32,516 $28,940 89.0
7 Missouri $31,902 $28,840 90.4
8 Iowa $31,879 $29,010 91.0
9 Texas $31,730 $28,780 90.7
10 Nevada $31,655 $32,700 103.3
11 Wyoming $31,503 $28,920 91.8
12 Nebraska $31,419 $28,780 91.6
13 Wisconsin $30,960 $29,970 96.8
14 Virginia $30,853 $31,100 100.8
15 South Dakota $30,675 $31,810 103.7
16 Washington $30,608 $32,200 105.2
17 Arizona $30,357 $29,750 98.0
18 North Carolina $30,234 $28,390 93.9
19 Oregon $30,164 $34,870 115.6
20 Colorado $30,000 $31,140 103.8
21 Idaho $29,945 $27,580 92.1
22 Mississippi $29,755 $25,560 85.9
23 Louisiana $29,599 $28,060 94.8
24 Illinois $29,577 $27,980 94.6
25 Utah $29,516 $27,450 93.0
26 Kentucky $29,480 $26,680 90.5
27 Indiana $29,195 $26,130 89.5
28 North Dakota $29,154 $28,980 99.4
29 Tennessee $28,970 $25,900 89.4
30 Ohio $28,933 $27,140 93.8
31 Georgia $28,632 $26,170 91.4
32 Minnesota $28,442 $28,670 100.8
33 Vermont $27,605 $33,430 121.1
34 New Jersey $27,407 $33,410 121.9
35 California $27,284 $37,080 135.9
36 Connecticut $27,165 $34,690 127.7
37 Pennsylvania $26,834 $27,210 101.4
38 West Virginia $26,627 $24,870 93.4
39 Maine $26,624 $29,500 110.8
40 Massachusetts $26,244 $35,010 133.4
41 South Carolina $25,866 $25,660 99.2
42 Florida $25,768 $25,330 98.3
43 Rhode Island $25,327 $30,570 120.7
44 Maryland $25,163 $31,580 125.5
45 New Mexico $24,880 $24,010 96.5
46 Alaska $24,500 $32,120 131.1
47 New Hampshire $24,188 $28,300 117.0
48 New York $23,183 $30,370 131.0
49 Hawaii $21,756 $36,530 167.9
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