These Are The 10 States With The Highest Kennel Attendant Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 kennel attendants 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 kennel attendants 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 kennel attendants 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 kennel attendants after this adjustment? That would be Nonfarm Animal Caretakers.

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

  1. Nebraska
  2. Washington
  3. Kentucky
  4. Georgia
  5. New Mexico
  6. Missouri
  7. Michigan
  8. Mississippi
  9. Utah
  10. Minnesota

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 kennel attendants 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 $28950, so our index value would be:

$28,950 * (100 / 135.9) = $21,302

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

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

Detailed List Of Kennel Attendant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Nebraska $26,801 $24,550 91.6
2 Washington $26,692 $28,080 105.2
3 Kentucky $26,530 $24,010 90.5
4 Georgia $26,389 $24,120 91.4
5 New Mexico $26,269 $25,350 96.5
6 Missouri $26,028 $23,530 90.4
7 Michigan $25,831 $22,990 89.0
8 Mississippi $25,727 $22,100 85.9
9 Utah $25,677 $23,880 93.0
10 Minnesota $25,099 $25,300 100.8
11 Tennessee $25,033 $22,380 89.4
12 Iowa $24,967 $22,720 91.0
13 Texas $24,884 $22,570 90.7
14 Wyoming $24,814 $22,780 91.8
15 Oklahoma $24,652 $21,990 89.2
16 Arkansas $24,615 $21,440 87.1
17 Virginia $24,474 $24,670 100.8
18 Indiana $24,469 $21,900 89.5
19 Florida $24,343 $23,930 98.3
20 Kansas $24,260 $21,810 89.9
21 Illinois $24,249 $22,940 94.6
22 Arizona $24,122 $23,640 98.0
23 Ohio $23,997 $22,510 93.8
24 West Virginia $23,822 $22,250 93.4
25 Louisiana $23,280 $22,070 94.8
26 Idaho $23,203 $21,370 92.1
27 North Carolina $23,194 $21,780 93.9
28 Alabama $23,037 $21,010 91.2
29 Oregon $22,897 $26,470 115.6
30 Montana $22,886 $23,070 100.8
31 Nevada $22,836 $23,590 103.3
32 Pennsylvania $22,800 $23,120 101.4
33 North Dakota $22,706 $22,570 99.4
34 South Carolina $22,610 $22,430 99.2
35 Vermont $22,609 $27,380 121.1
36 South Dakota $22,304 $23,130 103.7
37 Colorado $22,254 $23,100 103.8
38 Delaware $22,001 $22,310 101.4
39 Alaska $21,792 $28,570 131.1
40 California $21,302 $28,950 135.9
41 New Jersey $21,082 $25,700 121.9
42 Maine $20,920 $23,180 110.8
43 Wisconsin $20,909 $20,240 96.8
44 New York $20,877 $27,350 131.0
45 Connecticut $20,806 $26,570 127.7
46 Maryland $20,382 $25,580 125.5
47 Massachusetts $20,089 $26,800 133.4
48 New Hampshire $19,333 $22,620 117.0
49 Hawaii $18,457 $30,990 167.9

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