The 10 States With The Highest Machine Operator Salaries For 2019

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 machine operators 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 machine operators 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 machine operators 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 machine operators after this adjustment? That would be Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Kentucky
  3. Minnesota
  4. Michigan
  5. Washington
  6. Arkansas
  7. Missouri
  8. Nebraska
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Louisiana

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 machine operators from the 2018 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 $37430, so our index value would be:

$37,430 * (100 / 135.9) = $27,542

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

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

Detailed List Of Machine Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $47,200 $43,330 91.8
2 Kentucky $44,497 $40,270 90.5
3 Minnesota $42,857 $43,200 100.8
4 Michigan $42,629 $37,940 89.0
5 Washington $42,461 $44,670 105.2
6 Arkansas $40,975 $35,690 87.1
7 Missouri $40,840 $36,920 90.4
8 Nebraska $40,786 $37,360 91.6
9 Wisconsin $40,258 $38,970 96.8
10 Louisiana $39,915 $37,840 94.8
11 Iowa $39,626 $36,060 91.0
12 West Virginia $39,100 $36,520 93.4
13 Oklahoma $38,665 $34,490 89.2
14 Utah $38,612 $35,910 93.0
15 Illinois $38,414 $36,340 94.6
16 Ohio $37,942 $35,590 93.8
17 Indiana $37,921 $33,940 89.5
18 Mississippi $37,497 $32,210 85.9
19 Kansas $37,463 $33,680 89.9
20 Tennessee $37,382 $33,420 89.4
21 Arizona $37,285 $36,540 98.0
22 Pennsylvania $36,844 $37,360 101.4
23 Montana $36,755 $37,050 100.8
24 Colorado $36,435 $37,820 103.8
25 Virginia $36,319 $36,610 100.8
26 Texas $35,997 $32,650 90.7
27 South Carolina $35,977 $35,690 99.2
28 North Dakota $35,855 $35,640 99.4
29 Alabama $35,723 $32,580 91.2
30 South Dakota $35,351 $36,660 103.7
31 Maine $35,198 $39,000 110.8
32 Georgia $34,420 $31,460 91.4
33 Maryland $34,079 $42,770 125.5
34 Oregon $33,702 $38,960 115.6
35 North Carolina $33,674 $31,620 93.9
36 Idaho $33,561 $30,910 92.1
37 Delaware $33,520 $33,990 101.4
38 Florida $32,410 $31,860 98.3
39 New Hampshire $31,495 $36,850 117.0
40 Nevada $31,326 $32,360 103.3
41 New Mexico $30,839 $29,760 96.5
42 Massachusetts $30,802 $41,090 133.4
43 New York $30,717 $40,240 131.0
44 Vermont $30,024 $36,360 121.1
45 Connecticut $29,953 $38,250 127.7
46 Alaska $29,244 $38,340 131.1
47 New Jersey $28,589 $34,850 121.9
48 California $27,542 $37,430 135.9
49 Rhode Island $27,183 $32,810 120.7
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