The 10 States With The Highest Packer Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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 packers 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 packers 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 packers 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 packers after this adjustment? That would be Packers And Packagers, Hand.

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

  1. Iowa
  2. Michigan
  3. Kansas
  4. Nebraska
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Indiana
  7. Missouri
  8. Washington
  9. Kentucky
  10. Arkansas

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:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for packers 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 $27880, so our index value would be:

$27,880 * (100 / 135.9) = $20,515

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

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

Detailed List Of Packer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Iowa $32,032 $29,150 91.0
2 Michigan $31,831 $28,330 89.0
3 Kansas $30,634 $27,540 89.9
4 Nebraska $30,141 $27,610 91.6
5 Wisconsin $29,607 $28,660 96.8
6 Indiana $29,363 $26,280 89.5
7 Missouri $29,214 $26,410 90.4
8 Washington $28,821 $30,320 105.2
9 Kentucky $28,585 $25,870 90.5
10 Arkansas $28,289 $24,640 87.1
11 Illinois $28,192 $26,670 94.6
12 Pennsylvania $28,185 $28,580 101.4
13 Minnesota $27,946 $28,170 100.8
14 Oklahoma $27,903 $24,890 89.2
15 Ohio $27,878 $26,150 93.8
16 Tennessee $27,639 $24,710 89.4
17 Alabama $27,423 $25,010 91.2
18 Idaho $27,372 $25,210 92.1
19 Alaska $27,360 $35,870 131.1
20 Utah $27,354 $25,440 93.0
21 Arizona $27,326 $26,780 98.0
22 Texas $27,012 $24,500 90.7
23 Georgia $26,520 $24,240 91.4
24 Connecticut $26,491 $33,830 127.7
25 Mississippi $26,100 $22,420 85.9
26 Colorado $25,674 $26,650 103.8
27 North Carolina $25,644 $24,080 93.9
28 North Dakota $25,613 $25,460 99.4
29 West Virginia $25,149 $23,490 93.4
30 Wyoming $25,021 $22,970 91.8
31 Oregon $24,922 $28,810 115.6
32 Montana $24,573 $24,770 100.8
33 South Dakota $24,320 $25,220 103.7
34 Maine $24,250 $26,870 110.8
35 Virginia $24,057 $24,250 100.8
36 Florida $23,906 $23,500 98.3
37 Vermont $23,905 $28,950 121.1
38 South Carolina $23,770 $23,580 99.2
39 Louisiana $23,649 $22,420 94.8
40 Rhode Island $23,247 $28,060 120.7
41 Nevada $22,391 $23,130 103.3
42 Maryland $21,832 $27,400 125.5
43 New York $21,557 $28,240 131.0
44 New Mexico $21,502 $20,750 96.5
45 Massachusetts $21,116 $28,170 133.4
46 New Hampshire $21,051 $24,630 117.0
47 New Jersey $20,639 $25,160 121.9
48 California $20,515 $27,880 135.9
49 Hawaii $15,652 $26,280 167.9
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