The 10 States With The Highest Executive Assistant 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 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. Alabama
  2. Georgia
  3. New Mexico
  4. Texas
  5. Michigan
  6. Missouri
  7. Virginia
  8. Delaware
  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 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 $71590, so our index value would be:

$71,590 * (100 / 135.9) = $52,678

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.

Detailed List Of Executive Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Alabama $67,039 $61,140 91.2
2 Georgia $66,411 $60,700 91.4
3 New Mexico $65,554 $63,260 96.5
4 Texas $65,523 $59,430 90.7
5 Michigan $65,247 $58,070 89.0
6 Missouri $64,734 $58,520 90.4
7 Virginia $63,680 $64,190 100.8
8 Delaware $62,130 $63,000 101.4
9 Illinois $62,019 $58,670 94.6
10 Ohio $61,812 $57,980 93.8
11 Nevada $60,890 $62,900 103.3
12 North Carolina $59,584 $55,950 93.9
13 Tennessee $59,373 $53,080 89.4
14 Washington $59,049 $62,120 105.2
15 Wisconsin $59,008 $57,120 96.8
16 Pennsylvania $58,392 $59,210 101.4
17 Kansas $57,575 $51,760 89.9
18 Arkansas $57,233 $49,850 87.1
19 Utah $57,225 $53,220 93.0
20 South Carolina $56,300 $55,850 99.2
21 Minnesota $56,279 $56,730 100.8
22 Arizona $56,153 $55,030 98.0
23 New Jersey $56,078 $68,360 121.9
24 Indiana $55,955 $50,080 89.5
25 Iowa $55,835 $50,810 91.0
26 Connecticut $55,356 $70,690 127.7
27 New York $54,992 $72,040 131.0
28 Colorado $54,749 $56,830 103.8
29 Maryland $54,087 $67,880 125.5
30 Wyoming $53,823 $49,410 91.8
31 Kentucky $53,348 $48,280 90.5
32 Rhode Island $53,173 $64,180 120.7
33 Nebraska $52,794 $48,360 91.6
34 California $52,678 $71,590 135.9
35 Florida $52,675 $51,780 98.3
36 West Virginia $52,558 $49,090 93.4
37 Montana $51,904 $52,320 100.8
38 Oklahoma $51,199 $45,670 89.2
39 New Hampshire $50,854 $59,500 117.0
40 Idaho $50,141 $46,180 92.1
41 Oregon $49,593 $57,330 115.6
42 North Dakota $48,792 $48,500 99.4
43 Mississippi $47,694 $40,970 85.9
44 Alaska $47,391 $62,130 131.1
45 Massachusetts $46,589 $62,150 133.4
46 Maine $45,992 $50,960 110.8
47 Louisiana $45,527 $43,160 94.8
48 Vermont $45,268 $54,820 121.1
49 South Dakota $37,637 $39,030 103.7
50 Hawaii $34,979 $58,730 167.9
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