These Are The 10 States With The Highest Press Operator Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 press operators 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 press operators 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 press operators 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 press operators after this adjustment? That would be Cutting, Punching, And Press Machine Setters, Operators, And Tenders, Metal And Plastic.

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

  1. Kentucky
  2. Nebraska
  3. Arkansas
  4. Michigan
  5. Washington
  6. South Carolina
  7. Wisconsin
  8. Illinois
  9. Mississippi
  10. Louisiana

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 press operators 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 $34420, so our index value would be:

$34,420 * (100 / 135.9) = $25,327

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

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

Detailed List Of Press Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Kentucky $45,193 $40,900 90.5
2 Nebraska $40,021 $36,660 91.6
3 Arkansas $39,908 $34,760 87.1
4 Michigan $39,719 $35,350 89.0
5 Washington $39,648 $41,710 105.2
6 South Carolina $38,175 $37,870 99.2
7 Wisconsin $37,603 $36,400 96.8
8 Illinois $37,346 $35,330 94.6
9 Mississippi $36,717 $31,540 85.9
10 Louisiana $36,708 $34,800 94.8
11 Iowa $36,505 $33,220 91.0
12 North Dakota $36,398 $36,180 99.4
13 Oklahoma $36,378 $32,450 89.2
14 Kansas $36,251 $32,590 89.9
15 Missouri $36,073 $32,610 90.4
16 Texas $35,931 $32,590 90.7
17 West Virginia $35,867 $33,500 93.4
18 Indiana $35,787 $32,030 89.5
19 Ohio $35,724 $33,510 93.8
20 Arizona $35,612 $34,900 98.0
21 Virginia $35,605 $35,890 100.8
22 Utah $35,526 $33,040 93.0
23 Pennsylvania $35,404 $35,900 101.4
24 Minnesota $35,228 $35,510 100.8
25 Montana $35,049 $35,330 100.8
26 Alabama $34,791 $31,730 91.2
27 Georgia $34,770 $31,780 91.4
28 Tennessee $34,351 $30,710 89.4
29 South Dakota $33,413 $34,650 103.7
30 Colorado $33,092 $34,350 103.8
31 Oregon $32,413 $37,470 115.6
32 North Carolina $31,192 $29,290 93.9
33 Maryland $31,187 $39,140 125.5
34 Delaware $30,364 $30,790 101.4
35 New Hampshire $30,247 $35,390 117.0
36 Florida $29,989 $29,480 98.3
37 Nevada $29,370 $30,340 103.3
38 Connecticut $29,052 $37,100 127.7
39 New Mexico $29,046 $28,030 96.5
40 Massachusetts $28,650 $38,220 133.4
41 Maine $28,438 $31,510 110.8
42 New Jersey $27,670 $33,730 121.9
43 Alaska $27,406 $35,930 131.1
44 New York $26,778 $35,080 131.0
45 Vermont $26,688 $32,320 121.1
46 California $25,327 $34,420 135.9
47 Rhode Island $24,971 $30,140 120.7