These Are The 10 States With The Highest Foreman 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 foremen 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 foremen 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 foremen 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 foremen after this adjustment? That would be First-Line Supervisors Of Construction Trades And Extraction Workers.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Dakota
  4. Alaska
  5. Missouri
  6. Texas
  7. Michigan
  8. Oklahoma
  9. West Virginia
  10. Washington

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:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for foremen 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 $79340, so our index value would be:

$79,340 * (100 / 135.9) = $58,381

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

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

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Detailed List Of Foreman Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $81,913 $77,490 94.6
2 Wyoming $80,010 $73,450 91.8
3 North Dakota $77,635 $77,170 99.4
4 Alaska $76,933 $100,860 131.1
5 Missouri $76,681 $69,320 90.4
6 Texas $75,788 $68,740 90.7
7 Michigan $73,943 $65,810 89.0
8 Oklahoma $73,060 $65,170 89.2
9 West Virginia $72,773 $67,970 93.4
10 Washington $71,986 $75,730 105.2
11 Wisconsin $71,198 $68,920 96.8
12 Indiana $71,094 $63,630 89.5
13 Delaware $70,335 $71,320 101.4
14 Minnesota $70,238 $70,800 100.8
15 Pennsylvania $70,029 $71,010 101.4
16 Louisiana $69,831 $66,200 94.8
17 Kansas $68,976 $62,010 89.9
18 Ohio $67,473 $63,290 93.8
19 Kentucky $67,038 $60,670 90.5
20 Georgia $66,936 $61,180 91.4
21 Colorado $66,078 $68,590 103.8
22 Nevada $65,798 $67,970 103.3
23 Iowa $65,450 $59,560 91.0
24 Virginia $65,426 $65,950 100.8
25 New York $65,038 $85,200 131.0
26 New Jersey $64,536 $78,670 121.9
27 Tennessee $64,507 $57,670 89.4
28 Utah $64,258 $59,760 93.0
29 Nebraska $64,104 $58,720 91.6
30 Mississippi $64,004 $54,980 85.9
31 New Mexico $63,896 $61,660 96.5
32 Arizona $63,204 $61,940 98.0
33 Alabama $62,938 $57,400 91.2
34 Idaho $62,812 $57,850 92.1
35 Montana $62,291 $62,790 100.8
36 Massachusetts $61,656 $82,250 133.4
37 North Carolina $61,458 $57,710 93.9
38 Connecticut $61,237 $78,200 127.7
39 Florida $60,864 $59,830 98.3
40 South Dakota $60,781 $63,030 103.7
41 Arkansas $60,574 $52,760 87.1
42 Oregon $59,048 $68,260 115.6
43 South Carolina $58,548 $58,080 99.2
44 California $58,381 $79,340 135.9
45 Rhode Island $57,149 $68,980 120.7
46 Maryland $56,183 $70,510 125.5
47 New Hampshire $53,529 $62,630 117.0
48 Vermont $53,187 $64,410 121.1
49 Maine $50,523 $55,980 110.8
50 Hawaii $46,140 $77,470 167.9