These Are The 10 States With The Highest Proof Operator Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 proof operators 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 proof operators 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 proof operators 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 proof operators after this adjustment? That would be Billing And Posting Clerks.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Michigan
  3. Wyoming
  4. Texas
  5. Iowa
  6. Indiana
  7. Georgia
  8. Minnesota
  9. Colorado
  10. Nebraska

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 proof operators 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 $41240, so our index value would be:

$41,240 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,345

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

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

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Detailed List Of Proof Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $41,162 $38,940 94.6
2 Michigan $40,955 $36,450 89.0
3 Wyoming $40,457 $37,140 91.8
4 Texas $40,198 $36,460 90.7
5 Iowa $39,692 $36,120 91.0
6 Indiana $39,620 $35,460 89.5
7 Georgia $39,387 $36,000 91.4
8 Minnesota $39,335 $39,650 100.8
9 Colorado $38,911 $40,390 103.8
10 Nebraska $38,602 $35,360 91.6
11 Missouri $38,539 $34,840 90.4
12 Ohio $38,358 $35,980 93.8
13 Kansas $38,342 $34,470 89.9
14 Tennessee $38,176 $34,130 89.4
15 Virginia $37,996 $38,300 100.8
16 Wisconsin $37,902 $36,690 96.8
17 Washington $37,899 $39,870 105.2
18 North Carolina $37,774 $35,470 93.9
19 Delaware $37,524 $38,050 101.4
20 Idaho $37,491 $34,530 92.1
21 Kentucky $37,491 $33,930 90.5
22 Utah $37,483 $34,860 93.0
23 North Dakota $37,223 $37,000 99.4
24 Oklahoma $36,917 $32,930 89.2
25 Mississippi $36,577 $31,420 85.9
26 Arizona $36,377 $35,650 98.0
27 Alabama $36,359 $33,160 91.2
28 New Mexico $36,227 $34,960 96.5
29 Nevada $36,069 $37,260 103.3
30 Connecticut $36,045 $46,030 127.7
31 Pennsylvania $35,966 $36,470 101.4
32 Arkansas $35,924 $31,290 87.1
33 Florida $35,391 $34,790 98.3
34 Louisiana $34,704 $32,900 94.8
35 South Carolina $34,102 $33,830 99.2
36 New Jersey $34,052 $41,510 121.9
37 Oregon $33,935 $39,230 115.6
38 Montana $33,789 $34,060 100.8
39 West Virginia $33,361 $31,160 93.4
40 New Hampshire $32,649 $38,200 117.0
41 Alaska $32,456 $42,550 131.1
42 Rhode Island $32,344 $39,040 120.7
43 Massachusetts $31,919 $42,580 133.4
44 New York $31,694 $41,520 131.0
45 Maine $31,471 $34,870 110.8
46 Maryland $30,645 $38,460 125.5
47 California $30,345 $41,240 135.9
48 Vermont $29,958 $36,280 121.1
49 South Dakota $28,678 $29,740 103.7
50 Hawaii $23,645 $39,700 167.9

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