These Are The 10 States With The Highest Eligibility Specialist Salaries For 2017

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

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 months ago




Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

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 eligibility specialists 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 eligibility specialists 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 eligibility specialists 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 eligibility specialists after this adjustment? That would be Eligibility Interviewers, Government Programs.

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

  1. Iowa
  2. Michigan
  3. Illinois
  4. Kentucky
  5. Wyoming
  6. Minnesota
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Rhode Island
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Utah

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:

Advertisement. Article Continues Below.

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for eligibility specialists 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 $48160, so our index value would be:

$48,160 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,437

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

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

Detailed List Of Eligibility Specialist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Iowa $59,692 $54,320 91.0
2 Michigan $57,629 $51,290 89.0
3 Illinois $52,748 $49,900 94.6
4 Kentucky $49,580 $44,870 90.5
5 Wyoming $48,943 $44,930 91.8
6 Minnesota $47,549 $47,930 100.8
7 Pennsylvania $47,041 $47,700 101.4
8 Rhode Island $46,503 $56,130 120.7
9 Oklahoma $46,423 $41,410 89.2
10 Utah $45,913 $42,700 93.0
11 Connecticut $45,082 $57,570 127.7
12 Ohio $44,925 $42,140 93.8
13 North Dakota $44,818 $44,550 99.4
14 New Mexico $44,279 $42,730 96.5
15 Washington $44,011 $46,300 105.2
16 Wisconsin $43,677 $42,280 96.8
17 Tennessee $43,668 $39,040 89.4
18 Kansas $43,325 $38,950 89.9
19 Alabama $43,092 $39,300 91.2
20 Missouri $43,064 $38,930 90.4
21 Colorado $43,063 $44,700 103.8
22 Virginia $42,380 $42,720 100.8
23 Nevada $41,210 $42,570 103.3
24 Arizona $40,989 $40,170 98.0
25 Indiana $40,715 $36,440 89.5
26 Nebraska $40,622 $37,210 91.6
27 Louisiana $40,601 $38,490 94.8
28 Idaho $40,597 $37,390 92.1
29 Alaska $40,266 $52,790 131.1
30 North Carolina $39,893 $37,460 93.9
31 Texas $39,614 $35,930 90.7
32 Maryland $39,537 $49,620 125.5
33 Arkansas $39,311 $34,240 87.1
34 Georgia $38,730 $35,400 91.4
35 Vermont $38,629 $46,780 121.1
36 South Carolina $38,397 $38,090 99.2
37 Massachusetts $38,268 $51,050 133.4
38 Florida $38,260 $37,610 98.3
39 New Jersey $37,875 $46,170 121.9
40 Mississippi $37,043 $31,820 85.9
41 New York $36,580 $47,920 131.0
42 Montana $36,468 $36,760 100.8
43 California $35,437 $48,160 135.9
44 New Hampshire $35,367 $41,380 117.0
45 Maine $35,000 $38,780 110.8
46 South Dakota $33,934 $35,190 103.7
47 Oregon $33,347 $38,550 115.6
48 Delaware $33,293 $33,760 101.4
49 West Virginia $32,740 $30,580 93.4
50 Hawaii $27,581 $46,310 167.9

Facebook Discussion

Why Zippia is Better

Zippia empowers you to make the correct career decisions, not just find your next job.

You can access millions of others' career paths with the Career Graph to help you identify what skills and experiences you need to achieve your career goals. And when you're ready to take the next step in your career, you can research jobs and really understand the implications for your career aspirations.