The 10 States With The Highest Instructor 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 instructors 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 instructors 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 instructors 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 instructors after this adjustment? That would be Self-Enrichment Education Teachers.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Wyoming
  3. Washington
  4. Alabama
  5. Nevada
  6. West Virginia
  7. New Jersey
  8. Mississippi
  9. Idaho
  10. Arkansas

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 instructors 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 $48510, so our index value would be:

$48,510 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,695

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

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

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Detailed List Of Instructor Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $49,724 $45,100 90.7
2 Wyoming $48,725 $44,730 91.8
3 Washington $47,309 $49,770 105.2
4 Alabama $47,247 $43,090 91.2
5 Nevada $46,795 $48,340 103.3
6 West Virginia $46,466 $43,400 93.4
7 New Jersey $46,447 $56,620 121.9
8 Mississippi $45,715 $39,270 85.9
9 Idaho $44,723 $41,190 92.1
10 Arkansas $44,466 $38,730 87.1
11 North Dakota $44,205 $43,940 99.4
12 Kentucky $43,624 $39,480 90.5
13 Kansas $43,459 $39,070 89.9
14 New Hampshire $43,452 $50,840 117.0
15 South Carolina $43,135 $42,790 99.2
16 Arizona $42,928 $42,070 98.0
17 Minnesota $42,896 $43,240 100.8
18 New York $42,793 $56,060 131.0
19 Michigan $42,584 $37,900 89.0
20 Virginia $42,569 $42,910 100.8
21 Illinois $42,473 $40,180 94.6
22 Georgia $42,374 $38,730 91.4
23 Massachusetts $42,226 $56,330 133.4
24 Missouri $42,190 $38,140 90.4
25 Ohio $42,153 $39,540 93.8
26 Vermont $41,676 $50,470 121.1
27 Oklahoma $41,468 $36,990 89.2
28 Alaska $41,372 $54,240 131.1
29 Colorado $40,934 $42,490 103.8
30 Florida $40,854 $40,160 98.3
31 Indiana $40,748 $36,470 89.5
32 Nebraska $39,639 $36,310 91.6
33 Pennsylvania $39,092 $39,640 101.4
34 Oregon $38,685 $44,720 115.6
35 Tennessee $38,545 $34,460 89.4
36 Connecticut $38,206 $48,790 127.7
37 Louisiana $38,090 $36,110 94.8
38 North Carolina $37,902 $35,590 93.9
39 Utah $37,870 $35,220 93.0
40 Iowa $37,714 $34,320 91.0
41 Wisconsin $36,962 $35,780 96.8
42 Delaware $36,854 $37,370 101.4
43 New Mexico $36,735 $35,450 96.5
44 Maine $36,209 $40,120 110.8
45 California $35,695 $48,510 135.9
46 Maryland $34,334 $43,090 125.5
47 South Dakota $33,365 $34,600 103.7
48 Montana $33,363 $33,630 100.8
49 Rhode Island $32,485 $39,210 120.7
50 Hawaii $25,360 $42,580 167.9
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