These Are The 10 States With The Highest Front Desk Clerk Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 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. North Dakota
  4. Delaware
  5. Nebraska
  6. Hawaii
  7. Washington
  8. Idaho
  9. Michigan
  10. Colorado

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 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 $27950, so our index value would be:

$27,950 * (100 / 135.9) = $20,566

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 $29,680 $30,660 103.3
2 Wyoming $26,459 $24,290 91.8
3 North Dakota $26,006 $25,850 99.4
4 Delaware $25,927 $26,290 101.4
5 Nebraska $25,556 $23,410 91.6
6 Hawaii $24,425 $41,010 167.9
7 Washington $24,277 $25,540 105.2
8 Idaho $24,256 $22,340 92.1
9 Michigan $24,157 $21,500 89.0
10 Colorado $24,123 $25,040 103.8
11 Illinois $23,794 $22,510 94.6
12 Florida $23,621 $23,220 98.3
13 New York $23,503 $30,790 131.0
14 Arizona $23,071 $22,610 98.0
15 North Carolina $23,024 $21,620 93.9
16 Iowa $23,000 $20,930 91.0
17 Missouri $22,997 $20,790 90.4
18 Mississippi $22,991 $19,750 85.9
19 Texas $22,921 $20,790 90.7
20 Tennessee $22,863 $20,440 89.4
21 Utah $22,827 $21,230 93.0
22 Indiana $22,625 $20,250 89.5
23 Minnesota $22,579 $22,760 100.8
24 Maine $22,563 $25,000 110.8
25 Kansas $22,469 $20,200 89.9
26 Alabama $22,467 $20,490 91.2
27 Pennsylvania $22,396 $22,710 101.4
28 Louisiana $22,341 $21,180 94.8
29 Montana $22,291 $22,470 100.8
30 Georgia $22,286 $20,370 91.4
31 Massachusetts $22,158 $29,560 133.4
32 Wisconsin $22,024 $21,320 96.8
33 Oklahoma $21,961 $19,590 89.2
34 Ohio $21,950 $20,590 93.8
35 Arkansas $21,905 $19,080 87.1
36 Virginia $21,785 $21,960 100.8
37 West Virginia $21,563 $20,140 93.4
38 South Dakota $21,552 $22,350 103.7
39 Alaska $21,487 $28,170 131.1
40 New Mexico $21,430 $20,680 96.5
41 Vermont $21,263 $25,750 121.1
42 Kentucky $21,104 $19,100 90.5
43 South Carolina $21,018 $20,850 99.2
44 Maryland $20,812 $26,120 125.5
45 New Hampshire $20,606 $24,110 117.0
46 California $20,566 $27,950 135.9
47 Oregon $20,380 $23,560 115.6
48 New Jersey $20,352 $24,810 121.9
49 Rhode Island $19,908 $24,030 120.7
50 Connecticut $18,786 $23,990 127.7

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