These Are The 10 States With The Highest Logistics Specialist Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 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 logistics specialists 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 logistics specialists 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 logistics specialists 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 logistics specialists after this adjustment? That would be Logisticians.

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

  1. Alabama
  2. Texas
  3. Michigan
  4. Virginia
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Mississippi
  7. Missouri
  8. Wyoming
  9. Georgia
  10. Idaho

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 logistics specialists 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 $86520, so our index value would be:

$86,520 * (100 / 135.9) = $63,664

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

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

Detailed List Of Logistics Specialist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Alabama $96,348 $87,870 91.2
2 Texas $90,904 $82,450 90.7
3 Michigan $89,449 $79,610 89.0
4 Virginia $85,615 $86,300 100.8
5 Oklahoma $84,069 $74,990 89.2
6 Mississippi $83,573 $71,790 85.9
7 Missouri $80,044 $72,360 90.4
8 Wyoming $80,043 $73,480 91.8
9 Georgia $78,730 $71,960 91.4
10 Idaho $78,718 $72,500 92.1
11 North Carolina $78,349 $73,570 93.9
12 Ohio $78,027 $73,190 93.8
13 Kansas $77,897 $70,030 89.9
14 Utah $77,763 $72,320 93.0
15 Kentucky $77,248 $69,910 90.5
16 Colorado $76,628 $79,540 103.8
17 Nebraska $76,244 $69,840 91.6
18 New Mexico $76,217 $73,550 96.5
19 Pennsylvania $75,976 $77,040 101.4
20 Louisiana $75,949 $72,000 94.8
21 Indiana $73,687 $65,950 89.5
22 Tennessee $73,255 $65,490 89.4
23 Illinois $72,653 $68,730 94.6
24 Florida $72,644 $71,410 98.3
25 Minnesota $71,319 $71,890 100.8
26 Maryland $71,306 $89,490 125.5
27 Arizona $70,928 $69,510 98.0
28 South Carolina $70,060 $69,500 99.2
29 Arkansas $69,104 $60,190 87.1
30 New Jersey $67,202 $81,920 121.9
31 West Virginia $66,584 $62,190 93.4
32 Alaska $66,399 $87,050 131.1
33 Iowa $66,087 $60,140 91.0
34 Nevada $65,653 $67,820 103.3
35 South Dakota $65,313 $67,730 103.7
36 Rhode Island $64,573 $77,940 120.7
37 California $63,664 $86,520 135.9
38 Montana $63,492 $64,000 100.8
39 Wisconsin $63,264 $61,240 96.8
40 Oregon $62,041 $71,720 115.6
41 North Dakota $61,780 $61,410 99.4
42 New Hampshire $61,068 $71,450 117.0
43 Massachusetts $60,052 $80,110 133.4
44 Maine $59,422 $65,840 110.8
45 New York $58,045 $76,040 131.0
46 Vermont $52,006 $62,980 121.1
47 Hawaii $49,940 $83,850 167.9

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