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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 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 housekeepers 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 housekeepers 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 housekeepers 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 housekeepers after this adjustment? That would be Maids And Housekeeping Cleaners.

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

  1. Nevada
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. New York
  5. Minnesota
  6. North Dakota
  7. Wyoming
  8. Washington
  9. Nebraska
  10. Iowa

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 housekeepers 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 $28070, so our index value would be:

$28,070 * (100 / 135.9) = $20,654

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

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

Detailed List Of Housekeeper Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nevada $29,138 $30,100 103.3
2 Illinois $26,405 $24,980 94.6
3 Michigan $26,134 $23,260 89.0
4 New York $25,206 $33,020 131.0
5 Minnesota $25,148 $25,350 100.8
6 North Dakota $25,020 $24,870 99.4
7 Wyoming $24,389 $22,390 91.8
8 Washington $24,306 $25,570 105.2
9 Nebraska $24,257 $22,220 91.6
10 Iowa $24,153 $21,980 91.0
11 Missouri $23,661 $21,390 90.4
12 Montana $23,541 $23,730 100.8
13 Utah $23,526 $21,880 93.0
14 Indiana $23,508 $21,040 89.5
15 Idaho $23,094 $21,270 92.1
16 Ohio $23,027 $21,600 93.8
17 Delaware $23,017 $23,340 101.4
18 Tennessee $22,964 $20,530 89.4
19 Kansas $22,769 $20,470 89.9
20 Colorado $22,630 $23,490 103.8
21 Massachusetts $22,586 $30,130 133.4
22 West Virginia $22,451 $20,970 93.4
23 Wisconsin $22,438 $21,720 96.8
24 Kentucky $22,331 $20,210 90.5
25 Pennsylvania $22,297 $22,610 101.4
26 Arizona $22,295 $21,850 98.0
27 Arkansas $22,215 $19,350 87.1
28 Florida $22,207 $21,830 98.3
29 Texas $22,160 $20,100 90.7
30 Oklahoma $21,961 $19,590 89.2
31 Hawaii $21,935 $36,830 167.9
32 North Carolina $21,810 $20,480 93.9
33 Mississippi $21,699 $18,640 85.9
34 Virginia $21,537 $21,710 100.8
35 Oregon $21,522 $24,880 115.6
36 Georgia $21,509 $19,660 91.4
37 Rhode Island $21,217 $25,610 120.7
38 Alaska $21,182 $27,770 131.1
39 New Mexico $20,777 $20,050 96.5
40 Alabama $20,690 $18,870 91.2
41 California $20,654 $28,070 135.9
42 Louisiana $20,569 $19,500 94.8
43 New Jersey $20,549 $25,050 121.9
44 South Dakota $20,472 $21,230 103.7
45 Vermont $20,454 $24,770 121.1
46 South Carolina $20,000 $19,840 99.2
47 Connecticut $19,913 $25,430 127.7
48 Maine $19,395 $21,490 110.8
49 New Hampshire $19,290 $22,570 117.0
50 Maryland $19,163 $24,050 125.5