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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 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. Wyoming
  2. Michigan
  3. West Virginia
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Iowa
  6. Kansas
  7. Idaho
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Nebraska
  10. Kentucky

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 packers 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 $25290, so our index value would be:

$25,290 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,609

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 Wyoming $30,555 $28,050 91.8
2 Michigan $28,685 $25,530 89.0
3 West Virginia $28,319 $26,450 93.4
4 Wisconsin $27,902 $27,010 96.8
5 Iowa $26,791 $24,380 91.0
6 Kansas $26,785 $24,080 89.9
7 Idaho $26,644 $24,540 92.1
8 Oklahoma $26,547 $23,680 89.2
9 Nebraska $26,451 $24,230 91.6
10 Kentucky $26,419 $23,910 90.5
11 Indiana $26,279 $23,520 89.5
12 Illinois $26,173 $24,760 94.6
13 Missouri $26,139 $23,630 90.4
14 Mississippi $26,111 $22,430 85.9
15 Washington $26,093 $27,450 105.2
16 Arkansas $25,993 $22,640 87.1
17 Minnesota $25,962 $26,170 100.8
18 Ohio $25,852 $24,250 93.8
19 Tennessee $25,805 $23,070 89.4
20 Pennsylvania $25,690 $26,050 101.4
21 Georgia $25,547 $23,350 91.4
22 North Dakota $25,492 $25,340 99.4
23 Texas $25,347 $22,990 90.7
24 Alabama $25,339 $23,110 91.2
25 Utah $24,989 $23,240 93.0
26 North Carolina $24,526 $23,030 93.9
27 Virginia $24,474 $24,670 100.8
28 Alaska $24,378 $31,960 131.1
29 Arizona $24,091 $23,610 98.0
30 Louisiana $23,818 $22,580 94.8
31 Montana $23,690 $23,880 100.8
32 Connecticut $23,664 $30,220 127.7
33 Colorado $23,159 $24,040 103.8
34 South Dakota $22,873 $23,720 103.7
35 Oregon $22,854 $26,420 115.6
36 South Carolina $22,600 $22,420 99.2
37 Florida $22,166 $21,790 98.3
38 New Mexico $22,010 $21,240 96.5
39 Nevada $21,510 $22,220 103.3
40 Maine $21,462 $23,780 110.8
41 Vermont $21,288 $25,780 121.1
42 Rhode Island $20,778 $25,080 120.7
43 New Hampshire $20,025 $23,430 117.0
44 Maryland $19,633 $24,640 125.5
45 Massachusetts $19,512 $26,030 133.4
46 New York $19,358 $25,360 131.0
47 New Jersey $19,031 $23,200 121.9
48 California $18,609 $25,290 135.9
49 Hawaii $14,865 $24,960 167.9
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