These Are The 10 States With The Highest Labour 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 labours 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 labours 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 labours 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 labours after this adjustment? That would be Landscaping And Groundskeeping Workers.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Idaho
  3. Washington
  4. Minnesota
  5. Illinois
  6. Nebraska
  7. Michigan
  8. Missouri
  9. Kansas
  10. Georgia

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 labours 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 $31440, so our index value would be:

$31,440 * (100 / 135.9) = $23,134

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

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

Detailed List Of Labour Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $33,387 $30,650 91.8
2 Idaho $32,866 $30,270 92.1
3 Washington $32,395 $34,080 105.2
4 Minnesota $32,013 $32,270 100.8
5 Illinois $31,923 $30,200 94.6
6 Nebraska $31,102 $28,490 91.6
7 Michigan $30,876 $27,480 89.0
8 Missouri $30,497 $27,570 90.4
9 Kansas $30,222 $27,170 89.9
10 Georgia $29,967 $27,390 91.4
11 North Dakota $29,678 $29,500 99.4
12 Iowa $29,582 $26,920 91.0
13 Texas $29,547 $26,800 90.7
14 Tennessee $29,451 $26,330 89.4
15 Colorado $29,075 $30,180 103.8
16 Wisconsin $29,070 $28,140 96.8
17 Delaware $28,984 $29,390 101.4
18 Indiana $28,837 $25,810 89.5
19 Maine $28,727 $31,830 110.8
20 Utah $28,698 $26,690 93.0
21 Ohio $28,283 $26,530 93.8
22 North Carolina $28,157 $26,440 93.9
23 Mississippi $27,939 $24,000 85.9
24 Kentucky $27,889 $25,240 90.5
25 Oklahoma $27,746 $24,750 89.2
26 Pennsylvania $27,731 $28,120 101.4
27 Alabama $27,708 $25,270 91.2
28 Connecticut $27,674 $35,340 127.7
29 Arkansas $27,485 $23,940 87.1
30 Virginia $27,430 $27,650 100.8
31 Montana $27,132 $27,350 100.8
32 Oregon $26,816 $31,000 115.6
33 New Hampshire $26,803 $31,360 117.0
34 Nevada $26,495 $27,370 103.3
35 Massachusetts $26,379 $35,190 133.4
36 Arizona $26,377 $25,850 98.0
37 Vermont $26,259 $31,800 121.1
38 New Mexico $26,207 $25,290 96.5
39 Louisiana $25,991 $24,640 94.8
40 Alaska $25,896 $33,950 131.1
41 Florida $25,656 $25,220 98.3
42 Rhode Island $25,526 $30,810 120.7
43 South Dakota $24,850 $25,770 103.7
44 West Virginia $24,828 $23,190 93.4
45 New York $24,687 $32,340 131.0
46 South Carolina $24,546 $24,350 99.2
47 New Jersey $24,044 $29,310 121.9
48 California $23,134 $31,440 135.9
49 Maryland $23,011 $28,880 125.5
50 Hawaii $18,248 $30,640 167.9