These Are The 10 Highest General Manager Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 general managers get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for general managers 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.

So to better understand how general manager salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for general managers 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 general managers after this adjustment? That would be New Jersey. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for general manager salaries:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Delaware
  3. Texas
  4. Alabama
  5. South Dakota
  6. North Carolina
  7. Rhode Island
  8. Florida
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Virginia

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 general manager pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for general managers from the 2015 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their “Occupational Employment Statistics”.

However, to make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the living wage in each state as defined by MIT.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the living wage in that state. As an example, the living wage in California is $57,315 and the average general manager pay is $128,510, so our index value would be:

$128,510 / $57,315 = 2.24

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

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

Detailed List Of General Manager Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Living Wage
1 New Jersey $147,172 $163,680 $56,109
2 Delaware $137,144 $144,380 $53,112
3 Texas $135,071 $128,940 $48,160
4 Alabama $134,768 $122,410 $45,824
5 South Dakota $131,941 $118,760 $45,410
6 North Carolina $130,463 $128,200 $49,575
7 Rhode Island $129,233 $136,380 $53,240
8 Florida $123,849 $128,160 $52,206
9 Pennsylvania $123,593 $122,280 $49,914
10 Virginia $123,503 $132,840 $54,264
11 New York $123,327 $144,540 $59,128
12 Ohio $119,884 $108,960 $45,853
13 Georgia $119,354 $113,430 $47,946
14 Colorado $118,951 $126,830 $53,792
15 Connecticut $118,278 $139,500 $59,502
16 Washington $117,223 $119,130 $51,271
17 Michigan $116,009 $112,300 $48,837
18 Nebraska $115,233 $109,810 $48,076
19 Louisiana $114,592 $108,970 $47,975
20 New Hampshire $114,189 $124,720 $55,103
21 Maryland $113,651 $131,060 $58,178
22 California $113,118 $128,510 $57,315
23 Tennessee $112,913 $104,710 $46,785
24 North Dakota $112,671 $104,550 $46,814
25 Wyoming $112,377 $106,810 $47,951
26 Massachusetts $111,649 $131,810 $59,560
27 Missouri $109,843 $100,500 $46,159
28 Indiana $109,694 $101,840 $46,838
29 Illinois $109,265 $113,280 $52,304
30 Wisconsin $108,292 $109,730 $51,120
31 Vermont $107,603 $110,860 $51,977
32 Kansas $107,243 $102,150 $48,054
33 Oklahoma $106,056 $97,990 $46,613
34 Kentucky $106,019 $91,010 $43,308
35 South Carolina $104,046 $96,040 $46,568
36 New Mexico $102,433 $97,560 $48,050
37 Minnesota $100,348 $103,660 $52,115
38 Nevada $100,196 $104,660 $52,698
39 Mississippi $98,089 $89,600 $46,084
40 Oregon $97,129 $99,920 $51,900
41 Montana $97,068 $90,590 $47,083
42 Arizona $96,997 $98,710 $51,341
43 Alaska $96,569 $104,130 $54,400
44 Arkansas $96,121 $84,920 $44,571
45 West Virginia $95,840 $85,150 $44,823
46 Idaho $92,571 $84,040 $45,801
47 Iowa $92,185 $89,320 $48,882
48 Utah $90,116 $85,600 $47,922
49 Maine $89,729 $91,250 $51,305
50 Hawaii $84,468 $101,630 $60,700