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

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay project 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 project 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 project 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 project 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 project managers after this adjustment? That would be Construction Managers.

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

  1. Georgia
  2. Missouri
  3. Wyoming
  4. Delaware
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Virginia
  7. Illinois
  8. Texas
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Michigan

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 project 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 $107530, so our index value would be:

$107,530 * (100 / 135.9) = $79,124

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

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

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Detailed List Of Project Manager Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Georgia $113,468 $103,710 91.4
2 Missouri $111,460 $100,760 90.4
3 Wyoming $110,054 $101,030 91.8
4 Delaware $109,635 $111,170 101.4
5 Wisconsin $109,152 $105,660 96.8
6 Virginia $108,591 $109,460 100.8
7 Illinois $108,372 $102,520 94.6
8 Texas $106,802 $96,870 90.7
9 Pennsylvania $106,676 $108,170 101.4
10 Michigan $105,752 $94,120 89.0
11 Nebraska $105,098 $96,270 91.6
12 North Carolina $104,281 $97,920 93.9
13 Ohio $104,221 $97,760 93.8
14 West Virginia $102,226 $95,480 93.4
15 Tennessee $101,308 $90,570 89.4
16 Louisiana $98,417 $93,300 94.8
17 Alaska $97,490 $127,810 131.1
18 Alabama $97,214 $88,660 91.2
19 Kentucky $97,093 $87,870 90.5
20 Florida $96,185 $94,550 98.3
21 North Dakota $95,482 $94,910 99.4
22 South Carolina $93,235 $92,490 99.2
23 Rhode Island $93,040 $112,300 120.7
24 New York $92,389 $121,030 131.0
25 Kansas $91,624 $82,370 89.9
26 Indiana $91,296 $81,710 89.5
27 Oklahoma $90,358 $80,600 89.2
28 Washington $90,038 $94,720 105.2
29 South Dakota $89,855 $93,180 103.7
30 Colorado $88,988 $92,370 103.8
31 Minnesota $88,412 $89,120 100.8
32 Arkansas $87,887 $76,550 87.1
33 Arizona $87,102 $85,360 98.0
34 Iowa $86,736 $78,930 91.0
35 Montana $86,478 $87,170 100.8
36 Utah $86,182 $80,150 93.0
37 Idaho $85,917 $79,130 92.1
38 New Mexico $85,761 $82,760 96.5
39 Maryland $84,980 $106,650 125.5
40 Massachusetts $82,383 $109,900 133.4
41 Nevada $82,052 $84,760 103.3
42 Oregon $81,574 $94,300 115.6
43 Connecticut $80,046 $102,220 127.7
44 Mississippi $79,930 $68,660 85.9
45 New Hampshire $79,162 $92,620 117.0
46 California $79,124 $107,530 135.9
47 Vermont $78,893 $95,540 121.1
48 Maine $75,270 $83,400 110.8
49 Hawaii $60,923 $102,290 167.9

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