These Are The 10 States With The Highest Machine Operator Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay machine operators the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, 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 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 Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators, Metal And Plastic.

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

  1. Washington
  2. Mississippi
  3. North Dakota
  4. West Virginia
  5. Texas
  6. Louisiana
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Kentucky
  9. Illinois
  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 machine operators 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 $39260, so our index value would be:

$39,260 * (100 / 135.9) = $28,888

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.

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Detailed List Of Machine Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Washington $57,775 $60,780 105.2
2 Mississippi $50,884 $43,710 85.9
3 North Dakota $48,319 $48,030 99.4
4 West Virginia $45,299 $42,310 93.4
5 Texas $44,873 $40,700 90.7
6 Louisiana $44,672 $42,350 94.8
7 Wisconsin $43,564 $42,170 96.8
8 Kentucky $43,469 $39,340 90.5
9 Illinois $43,192 $40,860 94.6
10 Minnesota $42,668 $43,010 100.8
11 Oklahoma $42,298 $37,730 89.2
12 Ohio $42,270 $39,650 93.8
13 Arkansas $42,227 $36,780 87.1
14 Vermont $42,204 $51,110 121.1
15 Arizona $41,928 $41,090 98.0
16 Michigan $41,775 $37,180 89.0
17 Iowa $41,725 $37,970 91.0
18 North Carolina $41,640 $39,100 93.9
19 Maine $41,597 $46,090 110.8
20 Tennessee $41,107 $36,750 89.4
21 Missouri $40,840 $36,920 90.4
22 Kansas $40,734 $36,620 89.9
23 Alabama $40,175 $36,640 91.2
24 Montana $39,841 $40,160 100.8
25 Indiana $39,832 $35,650 89.5
26 Virginia $39,017 $39,330 100.8
27 South Carolina $38,981 $38,670 99.2
28 Utah $38,978 $36,250 93.0
29 Nebraska $38,613 $35,370 91.6
30 Georgia $38,019 $34,750 91.4
31 Florida $37,161 $36,530 98.3
32 Pennsylvania $37,120 $37,640 101.4
33 New Jersey $36,636 $44,660 121.9
34 Connecticut $36,342 $46,410 127.7
35 Colorado $36,271 $37,650 103.8
36 Maryland $36,183 $45,410 125.5
37 South Dakota $35,901 $37,230 103.7
38 Idaho $35,808 $32,980 92.1
39 Massachusetts $35,299 $47,090 133.4
40 Oregon $34,602 $40,000 115.6
41 New Mexico $34,000 $32,810 96.5
42 Delaware $31,568 $32,010 101.4
43 New Hampshire $31,555 $36,920 117.0
44 Rhode Island $31,193 $37,650 120.7
45 California $28,888 $39,260 135.9
46 New York $28,015 $36,700 131.0

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