The 10 States With The Highest Foreman Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 days 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. Washington
  5. Oklahoma
  6. West Virginia
  7. Missouri
  8. Michigan
  9. Texas
  10. Minnesota

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 foremen 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 $82460, so our index value would be:

$82,460 * (100 / 135.9) = $60,676

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 $87,283 $82,570 94.6
2 Wyoming $81,928 $75,210 91.8
3 North Dakota $81,267 $80,780 99.4
4 Washington $77,785 $81,830 105.2
5 Oklahoma $77,130 $68,800 89.2
6 West Virginia $77,109 $72,020 93.4
7 Missouri $77,068 $69,670 90.4
8 Michigan $76,280 $67,890 89.0
9 Texas $75,964 $68,900 90.7
10 Minnesota $74,047 $74,640 100.8
11 Wisconsin $73,357 $71,010 96.8
12 Pennsylvania $72,958 $73,980 101.4
13 Indiana $72,715 $65,080 89.5
14 Alaska $72,631 $95,220 131.1
15 Delaware $72,623 $73,640 101.4
16 Ohio $71,503 $67,070 93.8
17 Georgia $71,444 $65,300 91.4
18 Kansas $71,256 $64,060 89.9
19 Colorado $70,886 $73,580 103.8
20 Louisiana $69,662 $66,040 94.8
21 Kentucky $69,535 $62,930 90.5
22 Iowa $69,417 $63,170 91.0
23 Montana $68,918 $69,470 100.8
24 Nevada $68,015 $70,260 103.3
25 Idaho $67,806 $62,450 92.1
26 New Mexico $67,740 $65,370 96.5
27 Mississippi $67,625 $58,090 85.9
28 Utah $67,623 $62,890 93.0
29 Nebraska $67,183 $61,540 91.6
30 Virginia $67,113 $67,650 100.8
31 Alabama $65,986 $60,180 91.2
32 New York $65,641 $85,990 131.0
33 Tennessee $65,559 $58,610 89.4
34 Arizona $64,867 $63,570 98.0
35 Rhode Island $64,399 $77,730 120.7
36 North Carolina $64,313 $60,390 93.9
37 Massachusetts $64,175 $85,610 133.4
38 Connecticut $63,758 $81,420 127.7
39 Oregon $63,416 $73,310 115.6
40 Florida $63,397 $62,320 98.3
41 New Jersey $63,273 $77,130 121.9
42 Arkansas $63,203 $55,050 87.1
43 South Dakota $61,378 $63,650 103.7
44 South Carolina $61,310 $60,820 99.2
45 California $60,676 $82,460 135.9
46 Maryland $58,549 $73,480 125.5
47 Vermont $56,895 $68,900 121.1
48 New Hampshire $56,811 $66,470 117.0
49 Maine $52,157 $57,790 110.8
50 Hawaii $48,916 $82,130 167.9
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