The 10 States With The Highest Hostess 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 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. Arizona
  2. Washington
  3. Michigan
  4. Nebraska
  5. Missouri
  6. Utah
  7. Minnesota
  8. Arkansas
  9. Nevada
  10. West Virginia

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 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 $27020, so our index value would be:

$27,020 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,882

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 Arizona $26,683 $26,150 98.0
2 Washington $26,435 $27,810 105.2
3 Michigan $25,078 $22,320 89.0
4 Nebraska $24,366 $22,320 91.6
5 Missouri $24,126 $21,810 90.4
6 Utah $24,096 $22,410 93.0
7 Minnesota $23,948 $24,140 100.8
8 Arkansas $23,869 $20,790 87.1
9 Nevada $23,852 $24,640 103.3
10 West Virginia $23,736 $22,170 93.4
11 North Dakota $23,672 $23,530 99.4
12 Wyoming $23,442 $21,520 91.8
13 Vermont $23,270 $28,180 121.1
14 Colorado $22,986 $23,860 103.8
15 Texas $22,844 $20,720 90.7
16 Tennessee $22,718 $20,310 89.4
17 New York $22,717 $29,760 131.0
18 Georgia $22,636 $20,690 91.4
19 Maine $22,617 $25,060 110.8
20 Illinois $22,558 $21,340 94.6
21 Kansas $22,391 $20,130 89.9
22 Indiana $22,324 $19,980 89.5
23 Ohio $22,292 $20,910 93.8
24 Massachusetts $22,128 $29,520 133.4
25 Kentucky $22,121 $20,020 90.5
26 Oklahoma $22,118 $19,730 89.2
27 Florida $22,075 $21,700 98.3
28 Mississippi $22,048 $18,940 85.9
29 Hawaii $21,995 $36,930 167.9
30 Iowa $21,978 $20,000 91.0
31 Oregon $21,634 $25,010 115.6
32 North Carolina $21,629 $20,310 93.9
33 Virginia $21,577 $21,750 100.8
34 Idaho $21,520 $19,820 92.1
35 Alabama $21,304 $19,430 91.2
36 South Dakota $21,041 $21,820 103.7
37 South Carolina $20,796 $20,630 99.2
38 Wisconsin $20,723 $20,060 96.8
39 Montana $20,446 $20,610 100.8
40 Connecticut $20,250 $25,860 127.7
41 Louisiana $20,232 $19,180 94.8
42 New Mexico $20,227 $19,520 96.5
43 Rhode Island $20,215 $24,400 120.7
44 Pennsylvania $19,930 $20,210 101.4
45 California $19,882 $27,020 135.9
46 New Jersey $19,819 $24,160 121.9
47 Delaware $19,122 $19,390 101.4
48 Maryland $19,027 $23,880 125.5
49 Alaska $19,023 $24,940 131.1
50 New Hampshire $18,102 $21,180 117.0
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