The 10 States With The Highest Operations Analyst 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 operations analysts 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 operations analysts 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 operations analysts 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 operations analysts after this adjustment? That would be Operations Research Analysts.

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

  1. Virginia
  2. Illinois
  3. Michigan
  4. Alabama
  5. Kansas
  6. Texas
  7. North Carolina
  8. Iowa
  9. New Mexico
  10. Washington

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:

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  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Virginia

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for operations analysts 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 $95470, so our index value would be:

$95,470 * (100 / 135.9) = $70,250

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

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

Detailed List Of Operations Analyst Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Virginia $104,146 $104,980 100.8
2 Illinois $102,145 $96,630 94.6
3 Michigan $99,797 $88,820 89.0
4 Alabama $98,004 $89,380 91.2
5 Kansas $94,605 $85,050 89.9
6 Texas $91,135 $82,660 90.7
7 North Carolina $90,372 $84,860 93.9
8 Iowa $90,098 $81,990 91.0
9 New Mexico $89,202 $86,080 96.5
10 Washington $88,479 $93,080 105.2
11 Minnesota $88,313 $89,020 100.8
12 Ohio $88,283 $82,810 93.8
13 New Jersey $87,629 $106,820 121.9
14 Colorado $86,965 $90,270 103.8
15 Mississippi $86,949 $74,690 85.9
16 Pennsylvania $86,005 $87,210 101.4
17 Delaware $85,493 $86,690 101.4
18 Missouri $85,409 $77,210 90.4
19 Nevada $83,059 $85,800 103.3
20 New Hampshire $81,905 $95,830 117.0
21 Idaho $80,445 $74,090 92.1
22 Maryland $79,577 $99,870 125.5
23 Utah $78,709 $73,200 93.0
24 Arizona $78,326 $76,760 98.0
25 New York $78,290 $102,560 131.0
26 Tennessee $77,718 $69,480 89.4
27 Kentucky $77,359 $70,010 90.5
28 South Carolina $77,288 $76,670 99.2
29 Indiana $76,603 $68,560 89.5
30 Oklahoma $76,334 $68,090 89.2
31 Rhode Island $76,304 $92,100 120.7
32 Georgia $75,897 $69,370 91.4
33 Wisconsin $75,309 $72,900 96.8
34 Florida $74,984 $73,710 98.3
35 Oregon $74,204 $85,780 115.6
36 Connecticut $70,657 $90,230 127.7
37 Arkansas $70,447 $61,360 87.1
38 Vermont $70,305 $85,140 121.1
39 California $70,250 $95,470 135.9
40 Maine $70,171 $77,750 110.8
41 Nebraska $67,718 $62,030 91.6
42 Montana $66,884 $67,420 100.8
43 Massachusetts $66,109 $88,190 133.4
44 North Dakota $64,969 $64,580 99.4
45 Hawaii $60,911 $102,270 167.9
46 West Virginia $60,642 $56,640 93.4
47 Alaska $55,019 $72,130 131.1
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