These Are The 10 States With The Highest Production Assistant 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 production assistants 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 production assistants 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 production assistants 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 production assistants after this adjustment? That would be Helpers–Production Workers.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Mississippi
  4. South Dakota
  5. Ohio
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Louisiana
  8. Illinois
  9. Idaho
  10. Iowa

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 production assistants 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 $26840, so our index value would be:

$26,840 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,749

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

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

Detailed List Of Production Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $42,766 $39,260 91.8
2 North Dakota $33,501 $33,300 99.4
3 Mississippi $33,131 $28,460 85.9
4 South Dakota $32,941 $34,160 103.7
5 Ohio $32,185 $30,190 93.8
6 Oklahoma $31,401 $28,010 89.2
7 Louisiana $31,202 $29,580 94.8
8 Illinois $30,676 $29,020 94.6
9 Idaho $30,673 $28,250 92.1
10 Iowa $30,461 $27,720 91.0
11 Kansas $30,289 $27,230 89.9
12 Wisconsin $30,154 $29,190 96.8
13 Kentucky $29,988 $27,140 90.5
14 Nebraska $29,978 $27,460 91.6
15 Indiana $29,363 $26,280 89.5
16 Missouri $29,247 $26,440 90.4
17 West Virginia $29,111 $27,190 93.4
18 Pennsylvania $29,033 $29,440 101.4
19 Michigan $28,988 $25,800 89.0
20 Washington $28,821 $30,320 105.2
21 Tennessee $28,680 $25,640 89.4
22 Arkansas $28,289 $24,640 87.1
23 Texas $28,070 $25,460 90.7
24 Oregon $27,837 $32,180 115.6
25 Colorado $27,495 $28,540 103.8
26 Delaware $27,051 $27,430 101.4
27 Alabama $26,973 $24,600 91.2
28 Georgia $26,958 $24,640 91.4
29 Utah $26,860 $24,980 93.0
30 Minnesota $26,845 $27,060 100.8
31 North Carolina $26,762 $25,130 93.9
32 Arizona $26,744 $26,210 98.0
33 Maine $26,435 $29,290 110.8
34 South Carolina $26,189 $25,980 99.2
35 New Mexico $26,113 $25,200 96.5
36 Alaska $25,758 $33,770 131.1
37 Virginia $25,565 $25,770 100.8
38 Montana $25,456 $25,660 100.8
39 Florida $25,269 $24,840 98.3
40 Nevada $25,159 $25,990 103.3
41 Vermont $24,781 $30,010 121.1
42 Maryland $24,438 $30,670 125.5
43 New Hampshire $24,393 $28,540 117.0
44 Connecticut $23,805 $30,400 127.7
45 New Jersey $22,789 $27,780 121.9
46 New York $20,778 $27,220 131.0
47 Massachusetts $20,449 $27,280 133.4
48 California $19,749 $26,840 135.9
49 Rhode Island $19,660 $23,730 120.7
50 Hawaii $16,849 $28,290 167.9