These Are The 10 States With The Highest Process Engineer Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 3 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 process engineers 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 process engineers 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 process engineers 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 process engineers after this adjustment? That would be Industrial Engineers.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Louisiana
  3. Texas
  4. Idaho
  5. Washington
  6. Michigan
  7. New Mexico
  8. Alaska
  9. Missouri
  10. Mississippi

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 process engineers 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 $104720, so our index value would be:

$104,720 * (100 / 135.9) = $77,056

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

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

Detailed List Of Process Engineer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $116,808 $107,230 91.8
2 Louisiana $113,417 $107,520 94.8
3 Texas $112,844 $102,350 90.7
4 Idaho $100,738 $92,780 92.1
5 Washington $98,840 $103,980 105.2
6 Michigan $97,741 $86,990 89.0
7 New Mexico $96,186 $92,820 96.5
8 Alaska $95,911 $125,740 131.1
9 Missouri $95,752 $86,560 90.4
10 Mississippi $95,587 $82,110 85.9
11 Arizona $95,571 $93,660 98.0
12 Utah $94,720 $88,090 93.0
13 Alabama $94,232 $85,940 91.2
14 Oklahoma $93,688 $83,570 89.2
15 Kansas $93,225 $83,810 89.9
16 North Carolina $93,205 $87,520 93.9
17 Nebraska $92,347 $84,590 91.6
18 Colorado $92,273 $95,780 103.8
19 West Virginia $91,702 $85,650 93.4
20 Virginia $91,537 $92,270 100.8
21 Delaware $91,380 $92,660 101.4
22 Georgia $89,485 $81,790 91.4
23 Minnesota $88,650 $89,360 100.8
24 Tennessee $88,523 $79,140 89.4
25 Oregon $87,837 $101,540 115.6
26 Ohio $87,569 $82,140 93.8
27 Arkansas $87,497 $76,210 87.1
28 Kentucky $87,204 $78,920 90.5
29 Montana $86,646 $87,340 100.8
30 Illinois $86,120 $81,470 94.6
31 Pennsylvania $84,605 $85,790 101.4
32 Iowa $84,417 $76,820 91.0
33 Indiana $82,715 $74,030 89.5
34 South Carolina $81,522 $80,870 99.2
35 Nevada $79,244 $81,860 103.3
36 Wisconsin $78,285 $75,780 96.8
37 New Jersey $77,629 $94,630 121.9
38 North Dakota $77,183 $76,720 99.4
39 California $77,056 $104,720 135.9
40 Rhode Island $76,669 $92,540 120.7
41 South Dakota $76,576 $79,410 103.7
42 Maine $75,884 $84,080 110.8
43 Massachusetts $74,692 $99,640 133.4
44 Florida $73,723 $72,470 98.3
45 New Hampshire $70,547 $82,540 117.0
46 Maryland $70,486 $88,460 125.5
47 Connecticut $68,418 $87,370 127.7
48 New York $65,893 $86,320 131.0
49 Vermont $64,822 $78,500 121.1

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