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

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

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 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 estimators 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 estimators 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 estimators 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 estimators after this adjustment? That would be Cost Estimators.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Kansas
  3. Illinois
  4. Missouri
  5. Wyoming
  6. Indiana
  7. Washington
  8. Michigan
  9. Utah
  10. Virginia

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 estimators 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 $74080, so our index value would be:

$74,080 * (100 / 135.9) = $54,510

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

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

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Detailed List Of Estimator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $76,218 $69,130 90.7
2 Kansas $75,617 $67,980 89.9
3 Illinois $73,530 $69,560 94.6
4 Missouri $72,765 $65,780 90.4
5 Wyoming $72,723 $66,760 91.8
6 Indiana $71,083 $63,620 89.5
7 Washington $70,750 $74,430 105.2
8 Michigan $70,449 $62,700 89.0
9 Utah $69,537 $64,670 93.0
10 Virginia $68,948 $69,500 100.8
11 Delaware $68,402 $69,360 101.4
12 Tennessee $67,964 $60,760 89.4
13 Alabama $67,467 $61,530 91.2
14 Colorado $67,235 $69,790 103.8
15 Alaska $67,032 $87,880 131.1
16 Oklahoma $66,771 $59,560 89.2
17 Georgia $66,750 $61,010 91.4
18 Kentucky $66,729 $60,390 90.5
19 Iowa $66,340 $60,370 91.0
20 Louisiana $66,276 $62,830 94.8
21 Arizona $66,010 $64,690 98.0
22 Arkansas $65,832 $57,340 87.1
23 West Virginia $65,631 $61,300 93.4
24 North Carolina $64,941 $60,980 93.9
25 Ohio $64,904 $60,880 93.8
26 Mississippi $64,644 $55,530 85.9
27 Pennsylvania $64,497 $65,400 101.4
28 Nebraska $63,395 $58,070 91.6
29 Minnesota $61,855 $62,350 100.8
30 Wisconsin $61,239 $59,280 96.8
31 Florida $60,793 $59,760 98.3
32 Nevada $60,590 $62,590 103.3
33 New Hampshire $60,025 $70,230 117.0
34 Idaho $59,956 $55,220 92.1
35 New Mexico $59,398 $57,320 96.5
36 Connecticut $59,350 $75,790 127.7
37 North Dakota $59,265 $58,910 99.4
38 New Jersey $59,228 $72,200 121.9
39 South Carolina $58,235 $57,770 99.2
40 Maine $56,299 $62,380 110.8
41 Oregon $56,038 $64,780 115.6
42 Maryland $55,936 $70,200 125.5
43 Montana $55,773 $56,220 100.8
44 New York $55,755 $73,040 131.0
45 Rhode Island $55,683 $67,210 120.7
46 Massachusetts $55,622 $74,200 133.4
47 Vermont $55,557 $67,280 121.1
48 California $54,510 $74,080 135.9
49 South Dakota $49,045 $50,860 103.7
50 Hawaii $40,553 $68,090 167.9

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