The 10 States With The Highest Front Desk Clerk 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 front desk clerks 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 front desk clerks 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 front desk clerks 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 front desk clerks after this adjustment? That would be Hotel, Motel, And Resort Desk Clerks.

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

  1. Nevada
  2. Wyoming
  3. Washington
  4. Colorado
  5. Michigan
  6. Hawaii
  7. North Dakota
  8. Nebraska
  9. Illinois
  10. Utah

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 front desk clerks 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 $29880, so our index value would be:

$29,880 * (100 / 135.9) = $21,986

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

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

Detailed List Of Front Desk Clerk Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $29,390 $30,360 103.3
2 Wyoming $28,420 $26,090 91.8
3 Washington $26,996 $28,400 105.2
4 Colorado $26,974 $28,000 103.8
5 Michigan $26,640 $23,710 89.0
6 Hawaii $26,354 $44,250 167.9
7 North Dakota $26,277 $26,120 99.4
8 Nebraska $26,211 $24,010 91.6
9 Illinois $26,099 $24,690 94.6
10 Utah $26,075 $24,250 93.0
11 New York $25,847 $33,860 131.0
12 Missouri $25,774 $23,300 90.4
13 Arizona $25,724 $25,210 98.0
14 Florida $25,320 $24,890 98.3
15 Delaware $25,305 $25,660 101.4
16 Minnesota $24,960 $25,160 100.8
17 Texas $24,884 $22,570 90.7
18 Idaho $24,657 $22,710 92.1
19 Tennessee $24,451 $21,860 89.4
20 North Carolina $24,408 $22,920 93.9
21 Mississippi $24,388 $20,950 85.9
22 Iowa $24,373 $22,180 91.0
23 Indiana $24,212 $21,670 89.5
24 Arkansas $23,915 $20,830 87.1
25 Wisconsin $23,770 $23,010 96.8
26 New Mexico $23,564 $22,740 96.5
27 Kansas $23,492 $21,120 89.9
28 Montana $23,462 $23,650 100.8
29 Ohio $23,443 $21,990 93.8
30 Vermont $23,385 $28,320 121.1
31 Alaska $23,127 $30,320 131.1
32 Georgia $23,085 $21,100 91.4
33 West Virginia $23,072 $21,550 93.4
34 Massachusetts $23,065 $30,770 133.4
35 Oklahoma $23,060 $20,570 89.2
36 Maine $22,960 $25,440 110.8
37 Oregon $22,846 $26,410 115.6
38 Alabama $22,686 $20,690 91.2
39 Pennsylvania $22,642 $22,960 101.4
40 South Dakota $22,478 $23,310 103.7
41 Kentucky $22,309 $20,190 90.5
42 South Carolina $22,237 $22,060 99.2
43 Virginia $22,123 $22,300 100.8
44 Louisiana $22,046 $20,900 94.8
45 California $21,986 $29,880 135.9
46 New Hampshire $21,675 $25,360 117.0
47 Rhode Island $21,101 $25,470 120.7
48 Maryland $21,003 $26,360 125.5
49 Connecticut $20,908 $26,700 127.7
50 New Jersey $20,828 $25,390 121.9
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