These Are The 10 States With The Highest Hostess Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 hostesses 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 hostesses 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 hostesses 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 hostesses after this adjustment? That would be Dining Room And Cafeteria Attendants And Bartender Helpers.

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

  1. Washington
  2. Nevada
  3. Missouri
  4. Nebraska
  5. Michigan
  6. Utah
  7. Arizona
  8. Wyoming
  9. Florida
  10. Oklahoma

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 hostesses 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 $24970, so our index value would be:

$24,970 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,373

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

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

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Detailed List Of Hostess Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $24,163 $25,420 105.2
2 Nevada $24,017 $24,810 103.3
3 Missouri $23,606 $21,340 90.4
4 Nebraska $23,460 $21,490 91.6
5 Michigan $23,325 $20,760 89.0
6 Utah $23,010 $21,400 93.0
7 Arizona $22,887 $22,430 98.0
8 Wyoming $22,766 $20,900 91.8
9 Florida $22,563 $22,180 98.3
10 Oklahoma $22,421 $20,000 89.2
11 Indiana $22,346 $20,000 89.5
12 Illinois $22,283 $21,080 94.6
13 West Virginia $22,226 $20,760 93.4
14 Kansas $22,124 $19,890 89.9
15 Mississippi $22,083 $18,970 85.9
16 Texas $22,017 $19,970 90.7
17 Minnesota $21,924 $22,100 100.8
18 Arkansas $21,791 $18,980 87.1
19 Tennessee $21,756 $19,450 89.4
20 Alabama $21,578 $19,680 91.2
21 Iowa $21,373 $19,450 91.0
22 Kentucky $21,314 $19,290 90.5
23 Ohio $21,236 $19,920 93.8
24 North Carolina $21,171 $19,880 93.9
25 Virginia $21,011 $21,180 100.8
26 Georgia $20,897 $19,100 91.4
27 North Dakota $20,452 $20,330 99.4
28 Idaho $20,314 $18,710 92.1
29 New Mexico $20,300 $19,590 96.5
30 Vermont $20,156 $24,410 121.1
31 Montana $20,099 $20,260 100.8
32 South Dakota $20,019 $20,760 103.7
33 Colorado $20,009 $20,770 103.8
34 Louisiana $19,873 $18,840 94.8
35 Pennsylvania $19,773 $20,050 101.4
36 New York $19,740 $25,860 131.0
37 Maine $19,693 $21,820 110.8
38 Alaska $19,603 $25,700 131.1
39 South Carolina $19,546 $19,390 99.2
40 Wisconsin $19,514 $18,890 96.8
41 Oregon $19,022 $21,990 115.6
42 Rhode Island $18,939 $22,860 120.7
43 Massachusetts $18,830 $25,120 133.4
44 Delaware $18,550 $18,810 101.4
45 California $18,373 $24,970 135.9
46 New Jersey $18,260 $22,260 121.9
47 Hawaii $17,969 $30,170 167.9
48 Maryland $17,330 $21,750 125.5
49 New Hampshire $16,829 $19,690 117.0
50 Connecticut $16,828 $21,490 127.7
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