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

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay installers the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 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 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 Drywall And Ceiling Tile Installers.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Washington
  3. Wisconsin
  4. New York
  5. Michigan
  6. Minnesota
  7. Wyoming
  8. New Jersey
  9. Indiana
  10. Missouri

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 pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for installers 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 $60480, so our index value would be:

$60,480 * (100 / 135.9) = $44,503

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.

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Detailed List Of Installer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $60,327 $57,070 94.6
2 Washington $55,351 $58,230 105.2
3 Wisconsin $53,274 $51,570 96.8
4 New York $52,076 $68,220 131.0
5 Michigan $51,438 $45,780 89.0
6 Minnesota $50,128 $50,530 100.8
7 Wyoming $50,065 $45,960 91.8
8 New Jersey $49,384 $60,200 121.9
9 Indiana $48,983 $43,840 89.5
10 Missouri $46,991 $42,480 90.4
11 Pennsylvania $46,893 $47,550 101.4
12 Delaware $46,183 $46,830 101.4
13 Connecticut $45,787 $58,470 127.7
14 Kansas $45,461 $40,870 89.9
15 Hawaii $44,955 $75,480 167.9
16 California $44,503 $60,480 135.9
17 Oklahoma $44,181 $39,410 89.2
18 Georgia $43,533 $39,790 91.4
19 Ohio $42,963 $40,300 93.8
20 Maine $42,797 $47,420 110.8
21 Kentucky $42,629 $38,580 90.5
22 West Virginia $42,376 $39,580 93.4
23 Tennessee $41,979 $37,530 89.4
24 Colorado $41,955 $43,550 103.8
25 Nebraska $41,866 $38,350 91.6
26 North Dakota $41,841 $41,590 99.4
27 Virginia $41,547 $41,880 100.8
28 Mississippi $40,966 $35,190 85.9
29 Oregon $40,622 $46,960 115.6
30 New Mexico $40,611 $39,190 96.5
31 Arizona $39,948 $39,150 98.0
32 Idaho $39,598 $36,470 92.1
33 New Hampshire $39,341 $46,030 117.0
34 Utah $38,956 $36,230 93.0
35 Alabama $38,728 $35,320 91.2
36 Nevada $38,267 $39,530 103.3
37 Vermont $38,257 $46,330 121.1
38 Arkansas $38,220 $33,290 87.1
39 Iowa $38,065 $34,640 91.0
40 Texas $37,662 $34,160 90.7
41 Massachusetts $37,031 $49,400 133.4
42 North Carolina $36,570 $34,340 93.9
43 South Dakota $34,860 $36,150 103.7
44 Montana $34,285 $34,560 100.8
45 Maryland $33,402 $41,920 125.5
46 Florida $32,512 $31,960 98.3
47 South Carolina $31,038 $30,790 99.2

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