These Are The 10 States With The Highest Project Manager 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 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 Computer Occupations, All Other.

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

  1. Virginia
  2. Texas
  3. Georgia
  4. Alabama
  5. Illinois
  6. Colorado
  7. West Virginia
  8. Missouri
  9. Mississippi
  10. North Carolina

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

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 $95970, so our index value would be:

$95,970 * (100 / 135.9) = $70,618

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.

Detailed List Of Project Manager Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Virginia $100,823 $101,630 100.8
2 Texas $97,177 $88,140 90.7
3 Georgia $95,262 $87,070 91.4
4 Alabama $95,032 $86,670 91.2
5 Illinois $94,640 $89,530 94.6
6 Colorado $92,100 $95,600 103.8
7 West Virginia $91,263 $85,240 93.4
8 Missouri $90,276 $81,610 90.4
9 Mississippi $89,720 $77,070 85.9
10 North Carolina $87,902 $82,540 93.9
11 Kentucky $87,546 $79,230 90.5
12 Michigan $87,426 $77,810 89.0
13 Pennsylvania $86,637 $87,850 101.4
14 Arkansas $86,073 $74,970 87.1
15 South Carolina $85,231 $84,550 99.2
16 Idaho $85,005 $78,290 92.1
17 Oklahoma $84,618 $75,480 89.2
18 Kansas $84,282 $75,770 89.9
19 Maryland $84,175 $105,640 125.5
20 Nebraska $83,777 $76,740 91.6
21 Ohio $82,697 $77,570 93.8
22 New Mexico $82,652 $79,760 96.5
23 Washington $82,471 $86,760 105.2
24 Tennessee $81,398 $72,770 89.4
25 Indiana $81,005 $72,500 89.5
26 Arizona $80,918 $79,300 98.0
27 Iowa $80,714 $73,450 91.0
28 Wyoming $78,267 $71,850 91.8
29 Minnesota $77,688 $78,310 100.8
30 Utah $76,741 $71,370 93.0
31 Florida $76,724 $75,420 98.3
32 Rhode Island $76,487 $92,320 120.7
33 Connecticut $76,397 $97,560 127.7
34 New Jersey $74,905 $91,310 121.9
35 South Dakota $74,146 $76,890 103.7
36 New Hampshire $73,726 $86,260 117.0
37 Wisconsin $73,636 $71,280 96.8
38 Massachusetts $70,787 $94,430 133.4
39 California $70,618 $95,970 135.9
40 Louisiana $69,440 $65,830 94.8
41 Alaska $68,176 $89,380 131.1
42 North Dakota $67,987 $67,580 99.4
43 Oregon $67,967 $78,570 115.6
44 Maine $67,202 $74,460 110.8
45 Vermont $67,159 $81,330 121.1
46 New York $66,503 $87,120 131.0
47 Montana $65,972 $66,500 100.8
48 Nevada $64,394 $66,520 103.3
49 Hawaii $52,221 $87,680 167.9
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