The 10 States With The Highest Project Manager Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 month 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. Colorado
  4. Georgia
  5. New Hampshire
  6. Alabama
  7. Mississippi
  8. North Carolina
  9. Nebraska
  10. South 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:

  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia
  • These Are The 100 Highest Paying Jobs In Virginia Beach
  • These Are The 100 Largest Companies In Virginia

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for project managers from the 2018 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 $103270, so our index value would be:

$103,270 * (100 / 135.9) = $75,989

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 $104,434 $105,270 100.8
2 Texas $99,547 $90,290 90.7
3 Colorado $98,718 $102,470 103.8
4 Georgia $98,621 $90,140 91.4
5 New Hampshire $96,102 $112,440 117.0
6 Alabama $95,460 $87,060 91.2
7 Mississippi $94,621 $81,280 85.9
8 North Carolina $94,408 $88,650 93.9
9 Nebraska $94,137 $86,230 91.6
10 South Carolina $92,842 $92,100 99.2
11 Missouri $91,382 $82,610 90.4
12 Maryland $90,302 $113,330 125.5
13 West Virginia $89,571 $83,660 93.4
14 Indiana $88,614 $79,310 89.5
15 Kansas $88,209 $79,300 89.9
16 Oklahoma $87,993 $78,490 89.2
17 Ohio $87,889 $82,440 93.8
18 Kentucky $87,756 $79,420 90.5
19 Idaho $87,524 $80,610 92.1
20 Washington $87,091 $91,620 105.2
21 Arizona $86,744 $85,010 98.0
22 Iowa $86,604 $78,810 91.0
23 Michigan $85,842 $76,400 89.0
24 Pennsylvania $85,838 $87,040 101.4
25 Arkansas $84,580 $73,670 87.1
26 Tennessee $82,774 $74,000 89.4
27 Utah $82,677 $76,890 93.0
28 Wyoming $82,549 $75,780 91.8
29 New Mexico $82,424 $79,540 96.5
30 New Jersey $81,386 $99,210 121.9
31 Minnesota $81,001 $81,650 100.8
32 Florida $80,264 $78,900 98.3
33 Connecticut $78,574 $100,340 127.7
34 South Dakota $78,351 $81,250 103.7
35 Wisconsin $77,066 $74,600 96.8
36 California $75,989 $103,270 135.9
37 Alaska $75,385 $98,830 131.1
38 Maine $72,012 $79,790 110.8
39 North Dakota $71,156 $70,730 99.4
40 Nevada $70,290 $72,610 103.3
41 Louisiana $70,253 $66,600 94.8
42 Massachusetts $69,047 $92,110 133.4
43 Oregon $68,866 $79,610 115.6
44 Montana $67,886 $68,430 100.8
45 Rhode Island $67,348 $81,290 120.7
46 Vermont $59,636 $72,220 121.1
47 Hawaii $53,579 $89,960 167.9
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