These Are The 10 States With The Highest Manager Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay managers 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 managers 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 managers 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 managers 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 managers after this adjustment? That would be Transportation, Storage, And Distribution Managers.

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

  1. Delaware
  2. Arkansas
  3. Michigan
  4. Kansas
  5. Georgia
  6. Texas
  7. Colorado
  8. North Carolina
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Alabama

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 managers 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 $101510, so our index value would be:

$101,510 * (100 / 135.9) = $74,694

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

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

Detailed List Of Manager Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Delaware $131,301 $133,140 101.4
2 Arkansas $120,734 $105,160 87.1
3 Michigan $116,764 $103,920 89.0
4 Kansas $113,648 $102,170 89.9
5 Georgia $110,295 $100,810 91.4
6 Texas $110,033 $99,800 90.7
7 Colorado $108,892 $113,030 103.8
8 North Carolina $108,296 $101,690 93.9
9 Pennsylvania $107,840 $109,350 101.4
10 Alabama $103,804 $94,670 91.2
11 Washington $102,842 $108,190 105.2
12 Missouri $101,681 $91,920 90.4
13 Virginia $101,091 $101,900 100.8
14 Rhode Island $100,811 $121,680 120.7
15 Wyoming $100,196 $91,980 91.8
16 New Jersey $100,090 $122,010 121.9
17 Florida $99,888 $98,190 98.3
18 Nebraska $99,410 $91,060 91.6
19 Wisconsin $99,132 $95,960 96.8
20 Minnesota $98,065 $98,850 100.8
21 Kentucky $97,392 $88,140 90.5
22 Ohio $97,388 $91,350 93.8
23 Illinois $96,775 $91,550 94.6
24 Indiana $94,592 $84,660 89.5
25 New Mexico $93,202 $89,940 96.5
26 Oklahoma $92,982 $82,940 89.2
27 South Carolina $92,207 $91,470 99.2
28 Mississippi $90,838 $78,030 85.9
29 New York $90,389 $118,410 131.0
30 Tennessee $89,988 $80,450 89.4
31 Connecticut $89,600 $114,420 127.7
32 Iowa $89,373 $81,330 91.0
33 Louisiana $88,449 $83,850 94.8
34 South Dakota $88,032 $91,290 103.7
35 West Virginia $87,344 $81,580 93.4
36 New Hampshire $86,948 $101,730 117.0
37 North Dakota $86,237 $85,720 99.4
38 Utah $85,860 $79,850 93.0
39 Montana $82,152 $82,810 100.8
40 Arizona $80,336 $78,730 98.0
41 Maryland $79,721 $100,050 125.5
42 Massachusetts $79,317 $105,810 133.4
43 Nevada $79,119 $81,730 103.3
44 Oregon $77,128 $89,160 115.6
45 Idaho $74,864 $68,950 92.1
46 California $74,694 $101,510 135.9
47 Vermont $73,162 $88,600 121.1
48 Maine $69,512 $77,020 110.8
49 Alaska $68,047 $89,210 131.1
50 Hawaii $52,900 $88,820 167.9

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