These Are The 10 States With The Highest Executive Assistant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 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 executive assistants 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 executive assistants 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 executive assistants 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 executive assistants after this adjustment? That would be Executive Secretaries And Executive Administrative Assistants.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Michigan
  4. Georgia
  5. Virginia
  6. Missouri
  7. Delaware
  8. New Mexico
  9. Illinois
  10. Ohio

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 executive assistants 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 $65060, so our index value would be:

$65,060 * (100 / 135.9) = $47,873

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

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

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Detailed List Of Executive Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $63,219 $57,340 90.7
2 Alabama $62,225 $56,750 91.2
3 Michigan $61,438 $54,680 89.0
4 Georgia $60,109 $54,940 91.4
5 Virginia $59,871 $60,350 100.8
6 Missouri $59,657 $53,930 90.4
7 Delaware $58,343 $59,160 101.4
8 New Mexico $57,875 $55,850 96.5
9 Illinois $57,589 $54,480 94.6
10 Ohio $56,481 $52,980 93.8
11 Pennsylvania $56,400 $57,190 101.4
12 Washington $56,197 $59,120 105.2
13 North Carolina $55,580 $52,190 93.9
14 Nevada $55,237 $57,060 103.3
15 Connecticut $54,440 $69,520 127.7
16 Arkansas $54,052 $47,080 87.1
17 Minnesota $53,908 $54,340 100.8
18 New York $53,763 $70,430 131.0
19 Kansas $53,626 $48,210 89.9
20 Wisconsin $53,419 $51,710 96.8
21 New Jersey $53,388 $65,080 121.9
22 Tennessee $53,344 $47,690 89.4
23 Arizona $53,306 $52,240 98.0
24 Indiana $52,659 $47,130 89.5
25 Maryland $52,637 $66,060 125.5
26 Oklahoma $52,197 $46,560 89.2
27 Utah $52,086 $48,440 93.0
28 Colorado $51,878 $53,850 103.8
29 Florida $51,851 $50,970 98.3
30 Wyoming $51,710 $47,470 91.8
31 North Dakota $51,589 $51,280 99.4
32 Rhode Island $51,284 $61,900 120.7
33 South Carolina $51,250 $50,840 99.2
34 West Virginia $51,156 $47,780 93.4
35 Iowa $51,032 $46,440 91.0
36 Kentucky $50,740 $45,920 90.5
37 Montana $50,138 $50,540 100.8
38 Nebraska $49,279 $45,140 91.6
39 New Hampshire $48,179 $56,370 117.0
40 California $47,873 $65,060 135.9
41 Mississippi $47,299 $40,630 85.9
42 Oregon $47,214 $54,580 115.6
43 Alaska $45,598 $59,780 131.1
44 Massachusetts $45,217 $60,320 133.4
45 Idaho $44,918 $41,370 92.1
46 Louisiana $44,620 $42,300 94.8
47 Maine $43,546 $48,250 110.8
48 Vermont $42,287 $51,210 121.1
49 South Dakota $36,865 $38,230 103.7
50 Hawaii $31,500 $52,890 167.9