These Are The 10 States With The Highest Motor Coach Operator Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 motor coach 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 motor coach 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 motor coach 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 motor coach operators after this adjustment? That would be Bus Drivers, Transit And Intercity.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Washington
  3. Ohio
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Nebraska
  6. Indiana
  7. New York
  8. Texas
  9. Louisiana
  10. Alaska

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 motor coach 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 $43810, so our index value would be:

$43,810 * (100 / 135.9) = $32,236

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

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

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Detailed List Of Motor Coach Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $54,112 $51,190 94.6
2 Washington $53,231 $56,000 105.2
3 Ohio $47,174 $44,250 93.8
4 Wisconsin $45,867 $44,400 96.8
5 Nebraska $43,253 $39,620 91.6
6 Indiana $41,720 $37,340 89.5
7 New York $41,618 $54,520 131.0
8 Texas $40,595 $36,820 90.7
9 Louisiana $40,516 $38,410 94.8
10 Alaska $40,381 $52,940 131.1
11 Michigan $39,898 $35,510 89.0
12 Tennessee $39,172 $35,020 89.4
13 Delaware $39,122 $39,670 101.4
14 Iowa $39,054 $35,540 91.0
15 Virginia $38,660 $38,970 100.8
16 Pennsylvania $38,609 $39,150 101.4
17 Massachusetts $38,298 $51,090 133.4
18 Arizona $38,153 $37,390 98.0
19 New Hampshire $38,059 $44,530 117.0
20 Missouri $37,787 $34,160 90.4
21 North Dakota $37,313 $37,090 99.4
22 West Virginia $36,937 $34,500 93.4
23 Oregon $36,427 $42,110 115.6
24 Idaho $36,395 $33,520 92.1
25 New Jersey $36,185 $44,110 121.9
26 Minnesota $36,130 $36,420 100.8
27 Arkansas $36,096 $31,440 87.1
28 Georgia $36,006 $32,910 91.4
29 Montana $35,803 $36,090 100.8
30 Utah $35,225 $32,760 93.0
31 Colorado $35,096 $36,430 103.8
32 Kentucky $34,397 $31,130 90.5
33 Florida $34,018 $33,440 98.3
34 Kansas $33,870 $30,450 89.9
35 Connecticut $33,625 $42,940 127.7
36 Mississippi $32,875 $28,240 85.9
37 North Carolina $32,822 $30,820 93.9
38 Rhode Island $32,336 $39,030 120.7
39 California $32,236 $43,810 135.9
40 Wyoming $31,960 $29,340 91.8
41 Maine $31,886 $35,330 110.8
42 Maryland $31,681 $39,760 125.5
43 Oklahoma $30,874 $27,540 89.2
44 Vermont $30,536 $36,980 121.1
45 New Mexico $29,968 $28,920 96.5
46 South Carolina $29,808 $29,570 99.2
47 Alabama $28,037 $25,570 91.2
48 Nevada $27,773 $28,690 103.3
49 South Dakota $26,181 $27,150 103.7
50 Hawaii $24,437 $41,030 167.9