The 10 States With The Highest Installer Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 week 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 installers 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 installers 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 installers 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 installers after this adjustment? That would be Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers, All Other.

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

  1. Nebraska
  2. Alaska
  3. Washington
  4. Illinois
  5. North Dakota
  6. Michigan
  7. Mississippi
  8. Wyoming
  9. Oklahoma
  10. Nevada

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 installers 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 $46210, so our index value would be:

$46,210 * (100 / 135.9) = $34,002

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

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

Detailed List Of Installer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nebraska $56,790 $52,020 91.6
2 Alaska $54,324 $71,220 131.1
3 Washington $52,861 $55,610 105.2
4 Illinois $51,046 $48,290 94.6
5 North Dakota $51,016 $50,710 99.4
6 Michigan $50,752 $45,170 89.0
7 Mississippi $50,558 $43,430 85.9
8 Wyoming $50,337 $46,210 91.8
9 Oklahoma $48,026 $42,840 89.2
10 Nevada $47,192 $48,750 103.3
11 Iowa $47,065 $42,830 91.0
12 Louisiana $46,719 $44,290 94.8
13 Arkansas $46,222 $40,260 87.1
14 Idaho $45,906 $42,280 92.1
15 Minnesota $45,833 $46,200 100.8
16 Missouri $45,796 $41,400 90.4
17 Kansas $45,650 $41,040 89.9
18 Texas $45,556 $41,320 90.7
19 Kentucky $45,469 $41,150 90.5
20 Pennsylvania $44,723 $45,350 101.4
21 Ohio $44,402 $41,650 93.8
22 Arizona $43,632 $42,760 98.0
23 Virginia $43,462 $43,810 100.8
24 Indiana $43,407 $38,850 89.5
25 South Dakota $43,375 $44,980 103.7
26 Utah $43,182 $40,160 93.0
27 North Carolina $42,981 $40,360 93.9
28 Georgia $42,549 $38,890 91.4
29 West Virginia $42,462 $39,660 93.4
30 New Mexico $42,414 $40,930 96.5
31 Wisconsin $42,004 $40,660 96.8
32 Tennessee $41,991 $37,540 89.4
33 South Carolina $41,905 $41,570 99.2
34 Alabama $41,896 $38,210 91.2
35 New Hampshire $41,401 $48,440 117.0
36 Montana $40,347 $40,670 100.8
37 Delaware $39,783 $40,340 101.4
38 Rhode Island $39,121 $47,220 120.7
39 Colorado $38,506 $39,970 103.8
40 Maine $37,788 $41,870 110.8
41 Oregon $37,404 $43,240 115.6
42 Florida $37,019 $36,390 98.3
43 Massachusetts $36,064 $48,110 133.4
44 Hawaii $35,938 $60,340 167.9
45 Maryland $35,617 $44,700 125.5
46 New Jersey $35,324 $43,060 121.9
47 Connecticut $34,831 $44,480 127.7
48 Vermont $34,706 $42,030 121.1
49 California $34,002 $46,210 135.9
50 New York $30,832 $40,390 131.0
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