These Are The 10 Highest Landscape Designer Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 landscape designers 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 landscape designers 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 landscape designer salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for landscape designers 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 landscape designers after this adjustment? That would be Tennessee. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for landscape designer salaries:

  1. Tennessee
  2. North Carolina
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Georgia
  5. Alabama
  6. Colorado
  7. West Virginia
  8. Texas
  9. Florida
  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 landscape designer pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for landscape designers from the 2015 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 $77,540, so our index value would be:

$77,540 * (100 / 135.9) = $57,056

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

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

Detailed List Of Landscape Designer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Tennessee $90,000 $80,460 89.4
2 North Carolina $80,681 $75,760 93.9
3 Oklahoma $75,358 $67,220 89.2
4 Georgia $75,043 $68,590 91.4
5 Alabama $74,353 $67,810 91.2
6 Colorado $73,236 $76,020 103.8
7 West Virginia $72,334 $67,560 93.4
8 Texas $72,171 $65,460 90.7
9 Florida $71,444 $70,230 98.3
10 Missouri $70,707 $63,920 90.4
11 Virginia $69,880 $70,440 100.8
12 Kentucky $68,806 $62,270 90.5
13 Washington $68,127 $71,670 105.2
14 Pennsylvania $67,001 $67,940 101.4
15 Idaho $66,872 $61,590 92.1
16 Michigan $66,337 $59,040 89.0
17 Ohio $66,183 $62,080 93.8
18 Nebraska $65,545 $60,040 91.6
19 Delaware $65,118 $66,030 101.4
20 Massachusetts $64,970 $86,670 133.4
21 Wyoming $64,684 $59,380 91.8
22 Montana $63,928 $64,440 100.8
23 Connecticut $63,077 $80,550 127.7
24 Illinois $62,135 $58,780 94.6
25 Utah $61,731 $57,410 93.0
26 Kansas $61,512 $55,300 89.9
27 Arizona $59,744 $58,550 98.0
28 Mississippi $57,776 $49,630 85.9
29 Minnesota $57,738 $58,200 100.8
30 South Carolina $57,338 $56,880 99.2
31 Vermont $57,126 $69,180 121.1
32 California $57,056 $77,540 135.9
33 North Dakota $56,016 $55,680 99.4
34 South Dakota $55,843 $57,910 103.7
35 Iowa $55,714 $50,700 91.0
36 Maine $54,729 $60,640 110.8
37 New York $54,572 $71,490 131.0
38 Arkansas $53,696 $46,770 87.1
39 Wisconsin $52,592 $50,910 96.8
40 Oregon $52,223 $60,370 115.6
41 Maryland $51,195 $64,250 125.5
42 Louisiana $47,995 $45,500 94.8
43 New Jersey $47,342 $57,710 121.9
44 Indiana $0 $0 89.5
45 Rhode Island $0 $0 120.7
46 Hawaii $0 $0 167.9

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