These Are The 10 States With The Highest Painter 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 painters 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 painters 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 painters 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 painters after this adjustment? That would be Painters, Construction And Maintenance.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Missouri
  3. Indiana
  4. Michigan
  5. West Virginia
  6. Wisconsin
  7. Minnesota
  8. Ohio
  9. Alaska
  10. Nevada

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If youÂ’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 painters 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 $47590, so our index value would be:

$47,590 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,018

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

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

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Painter Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $58,879 $55,700 94.6
2 Missouri $55,719 $50,370 90.4
3 Indiana $47,731 $42,720 89.5
4 Michigan $46,146 $41,070 89.0
5 West Virginia $45,278 $42,290 93.4
6 Wisconsin $44,070 $42,660 96.8
7 Minnesota $43,958 $44,310 100.8
8 Ohio $43,837 $41,120 93.8
9 Alaska $43,310 $56,780 131.1
10 Nevada $43,068 $44,490 103.3
11 Oklahoma $42,376 $37,800 89.2
12 Kansas $42,024 $37,780 89.9
13 North Dakota $41,780 $41,530 99.4
14 Pennsylvania $41,331 $41,910 101.4
15 Wyoming $41,296 $37,910 91.8
16 Washington $40,750 $42,870 105.2
17 Iowa $40,703 $37,040 91.0
18 Louisiana $40,253 $38,160 94.8
19 Kentucky $39,856 $36,070 90.5
20 Delaware $39,585 $40,140 101.4
21 Arkansas $39,357 $34,280 87.1
22 Virginia $39,206 $39,520 100.8
23 Utah $39,129 $36,390 93.0
24 New York $38,946 $51,020 131.0
25 Georgia $38,741 $35,410 91.4
26 Mississippi $38,731 $33,270 85.9
27 Texas $38,632 $35,040 90.7
28 Alabama $38,289 $34,920 91.2
29 Nebraska $37,652 $34,490 91.6
30 New Jersey $37,358 $45,540 121.9
31 Colorado $37,196 $38,610 103.8
32 Arizona $37,183 $36,440 98.0
33 Tennessee $37,080 $33,150 89.4
34 Massachusetts $36,716 $48,980 133.4
35 Maine $36,615 $40,570 110.8
36 Montana $35,724 $36,010 100.8
37 California $35,018 $47,590 135.9
38 Idaho $34,983 $32,220 92.1
39 North Carolina $34,771 $32,650 93.9
40 New Mexico $34,155 $32,960 96.5
41 Connecticut $33,202 $42,400 127.7
42 Rhode Island $33,173 $40,040 120.7
43 New Hampshire $32,931 $38,530 117.0
44 Florida $32,848 $32,290 98.3
45 Hawaii $32,215 $54,090 167.9
46 South Carolina $31,844 $31,590 99.2
47 Oregon $31,176 $36,040 115.6
48 Maryland $31,123 $39,060 125.5
49 Vermont $29,091 $35,230 121.1
50 South Dakota $28,611 $29,670 103.7
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