These Are The 10 States With The Highest Program Manager Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay program managers the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, 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 program managers 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 program managers 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 program managers 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 program managers after this adjustment? That would be Social And Community Service Managers.

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

  1. Virginia
  2. Texas
  3. Florida
  4. Michigan
  5. Rhode Island
  6. Minnesota
  7. Colorado
  8. Ohio
  9. Alabama
  10. North Carolina

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 program managers 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 $76000, so our index value would be:

$76,000 * (100 / 135.9) = $55,923

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

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

Detailed List Of Program Manager Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Virginia $84,940 $85,620 100.8
2 Texas $80,716 $73,210 90.7
3 Florida $79,084 $77,740 98.3
4 Michigan $77,000 $68,530 89.0
5 Rhode Island $75,393 $91,000 120.7
6 Minnesota $75,317 $75,920 100.8
7 Colorado $74,884 $77,730 103.8
8 Ohio $74,733 $70,100 93.8
9 Alabama $74,199 $67,670 91.2
10 North Carolina $73,567 $69,080 93.9
11 Georgia $70,984 $64,880 91.4
12 New Jersey $70,631 $86,100 121.9
13 Tennessee $70,604 $63,120 89.4
14 Louisiana $69,430 $65,820 94.8
15 Arizona $68,357 $66,990 98.0
16 Utah $68,043 $63,280 93.0
17 Illinois $68,023 $64,350 94.6
18 New York $67,465 $88,380 131.0
19 Kentucky $67,348 $60,950 90.5
20 North Dakota $67,263 $66,860 99.4
21 Nebraska $66,746 $61,140 91.6
22 Missouri $66,205 $59,850 90.4
23 Wyoming $66,198 $60,770 91.8
24 South Dakota $65,969 $68,410 103.7
25 Pennsylvania $65,936 $66,860 101.4
26 South Carolina $65,877 $65,350 99.2
27 Wisconsin $65,361 $63,270 96.8
28 Delaware $65,078 $65,990 101.4
29 Kansas $64,805 $58,260 89.9
30 Nevada $64,569 $66,700 103.3
31 Oklahoma $63,654 $56,780 89.2
32 New Mexico $63,606 $61,380 96.5
33 Indiana $62,648 $56,070 89.5
34 Arkansas $62,342 $54,300 87.1
35 Iowa $61,593 $56,050 91.0
36 Maryland $61,466 $77,140 125.5
37 Washington $60,855 $64,020 105.2
38 Alaska $60,305 $79,060 131.1
39 West Virginia $60,053 $56,090 93.4
40 Vermont $59,752 $72,360 121.1
41 Connecticut $56,922 $72,690 127.7
42 California $55,923 $76,000 135.9
43 New Hampshire $55,675 $65,140 117.0
44 Oregon $55,614 $64,290 115.6
45 Idaho $55,038 $50,690 92.1
46 Mississippi $54,575 $46,880 85.9
47 Montana $53,690 $54,120 100.8
48 Maine $52,382 $58,040 110.8
49 Massachusetts $50,254 $67,040 133.4
50 Hawaii $38,713 $65,000 167.9

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