These Are The 10 Highest Office Assistant Salaries By State

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 office assistants 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 office assistants 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 office assistants 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 office assistants after this adjustment? That would be Office Clerks, General.

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

  1. Michigan
  2. Texas
  3. Illinois
  4. Colorado
  5. Wyoming
  6. Iowa
  7. Tennessee
  8. Alaska
  9. Minnesota
  10. Arizona

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 office assistants 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 $35270, so our index value would be:

$35,270 * (100 / 135.9) = $25,952

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

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

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Detailed List Of Office Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Michigan $38,370 $34,150 89.0
2 Texas $37,905 $34,380 90.7
3 Illinois $37,695 $35,660 94.6
4 Colorado $37,157 $38,570 103.8
5 Wyoming $37,124 $34,080 91.8
6 Iowa $36,725 $33,420 91.0
7 Tennessee $36,029 $32,210 89.4
8 Alaska $35,949 $47,130 131.1
9 Minnesota $35,089 $35,370 100.8
10 Arizona $35,081 $34,380 98.0
11 Indiana $34,770 $31,120 89.5
12 Wisconsin $34,628 $33,520 96.8
13 Washington $34,581 $36,380 105.2
14 Nevada $34,559 $35,700 103.3
15 Missouri $33,772 $30,530 90.4
16 Ohio $33,368 $31,300 93.8
17 Virginia $33,263 $33,530 100.8
18 Kentucky $32,961 $29,830 90.5
19 Kansas $32,569 $29,280 89.9
20 Idaho $32,453 $29,890 92.1
21 Pennsylvania $32,258 $32,710 101.4
22 Utah $31,838 $29,610 93.0
23 New Hampshire $31,803 $37,210 117.0
24 North Carolina $31,746 $29,810 93.9
25 Georgia $31,531 $28,820 91.4
26 Oklahoma $31,300 $27,920 89.2
27 Mississippi $31,164 $26,770 85.9
28 Nebraska $31,091 $28,480 91.6
29 North Dakota $30,392 $30,210 99.4
30 Montana $30,386 $30,630 100.8
31 Arkansas $30,287 $26,380 87.1
32 Florida $30,142 $29,630 98.3
33 Oregon $29,818 $34,470 115.6
34 West Virginia $29,710 $27,750 93.4
35 Connecticut $29,655 $37,870 127.7
36 Rhode Island $29,038 $35,050 120.7
37 Delaware $28,875 $29,280 101.4
38 New Jersey $28,621 $34,890 121.9
39 Massachusetts $28,440 $37,940 133.4
40 Maine $28,348 $31,410 110.8
41 South Carolina $28,054 $27,830 99.2
42 Alabama $27,302 $24,900 91.2
43 Maryland $27,059 $33,960 125.5
44 New Mexico $26,839 $25,900 96.5
45 Louisiana $26,666 $25,280 94.8
46 Vermont $26,176 $31,700 121.1
47 California $25,952 $35,270 135.9
48 New York $25,259 $33,090 131.0
49 South Dakota $24,136 $25,030 103.7
50 Hawaii $20,053 $33,670 167.9