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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 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. New Jersey
  2. Washington
  3. Idaho
  4. Mississippi
  5. Wyoming
  6. South Carolina
  7. Kentucky
  8. Texas
  9. Indiana
  10. Kansas

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 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 $48280, so our index value would be:

$48,280 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,526

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.

Detailed List Of Instructor Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 New Jersey $47,596 $58,020 121.9
2 Washington $45,798 $48,180 105.2
3 Idaho $44,440 $40,930 92.1
4 Mississippi $44,225 $37,990 85.9
5 Wyoming $44,106 $40,490 91.8
6 South Carolina $44,012 $43,660 99.2
7 Kentucky $43,204 $39,100 90.5
8 Texas $43,186 $39,170 90.7
9 Indiana $42,983 $38,470 89.5
10 Kansas $42,947 $38,610 89.9
11 Vermont $42,749 $51,770 121.1
12 Georgia $42,024 $38,410 91.4
13 Missouri $41,581 $37,590 90.4
14 Arkansas $41,549 $36,190 87.1
15 Alabama $41,271 $37,640 91.2
16 Oklahoma $40,717 $36,320 89.2
17 New York $40,625 $53,220 131.0
18 Alaska $40,389 $52,950 131.1
19 Michigan $40,022 $35,620 89.0
20 Nebraska $39,705 $36,370 91.6
21 Iowa $39,615 $36,050 91.0
22 North Carolina $39,456 $37,050 93.9
23 Colorado $39,373 $40,870 103.8
24 Ohio $38,944 $36,530 93.8
25 Utah $38,881 $36,160 93.0
26 Nevada $38,809 $40,090 103.3
27 Arizona $38,744 $37,970 98.0
28 Illinois $38,477 $36,400 94.6
29 Oregon $38,243 $44,210 115.6
30 Florida $37,660 $37,020 98.3
31 New Hampshire $37,632 $44,030 117.0
32 Tennessee $37,505 $33,530 89.4
33 Wisconsin $37,293 $36,100 96.8
34 Maryland $37,187 $46,670 125.5
35 Minnesota $37,003 $37,300 100.8
36 West Virginia $36,734 $34,310 93.4
37 Delaware $36,528 $37,040 101.4
38 New Mexico $36,331 $35,060 96.5
39 Pennsylvania $35,956 $36,460 101.4
40 Massachusetts $35,614 $47,510 133.4
41 California $35,526 $48,280 135.9
42 Connecticut $34,729 $44,350 127.7
43 Louisiana $33,154 $31,430 94.8
44 Montana $32,440 $32,700 100.8
45 Rhode Island $32,212 $38,880 120.7
46 North Dakota $31,810 $31,620 99.4
47 Maine $31,525 $34,930 110.8
48 South Dakota $31,446 $32,610 103.7
49 Hawaii $28,725 $48,230 167.9
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