These Are The 10 States With The Highest Receptionist Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay receptionists 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 receptionists 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 receptionists 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 receptionists 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 receptionists after this adjustment? That would be Receptionists And Information Clerks.

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

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

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 receptionists 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 $32080, so our index value would be:

$32,080 * (100 / 135.9) = $23,605

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

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

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Detailed List Of Receptionist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Michigan $31,674 $28,190 89.0
2 Iowa $31,285 $28,470 91.0
3 Georgia $31,258 $28,570 91.4
4 Illinois $31,141 $29,460 94.6
5 Wyoming $31,034 $28,490 91.8
6 Indiana $30,905 $27,660 89.5
7 Tennessee $30,536 $27,300 89.4
8 Washington $30,484 $32,070 105.2
9 Nebraska $29,967 $27,450 91.6
10 Colorado $29,903 $31,040 103.8
11 Mississippi $29,778 $25,580 85.9
12 Kansas $29,666 $26,670 89.9
13 Oklahoma $29,641 $26,440 89.2
14 Minnesota $29,583 $29,820 100.8
15 Virginia $29,315 $29,550 100.8
16 North Carolina $29,265 $27,480 93.9
17 Idaho $29,261 $26,950 92.1
18 North Dakota $29,144 $28,970 99.4
19 Texas $29,095 $26,390 90.7
20 Missouri $28,915 $26,140 90.4
21 Arizona $28,826 $28,250 98.0
22 Utah $28,752 $26,740 93.0
23 Kentucky $28,618 $25,900 90.5
24 Florida $28,616 $28,130 98.3
25 Wisconsin $28,522 $27,610 96.8
26 Arkansas $28,220 $24,580 87.1
27 Montana $27,946 $28,170 100.8
28 Alabama $27,576 $25,150 91.2
29 South Carolina $27,530 $27,310 99.2
30 New Mexico $27,347 $26,390 96.5
31 Ohio $27,302 $25,610 93.8
32 Nevada $27,173 $28,070 103.3
33 Pennsylvania $27,149 $27,530 101.4
34 West Virginia $26,755 $24,990 93.4
35 Rhode Island $26,644 $32,160 120.7
36 Maine $26,308 $29,150 110.8
37 Connecticut $26,186 $33,440 127.7
38 Oregon $26,141 $30,220 115.6
39 Vermont $25,904 $31,370 121.1
40 Delaware $25,867 $26,230 101.4
41 New Jersey $25,791 $31,440 121.9
42 New Hampshire $25,367 $29,680 117.0
43 Alaska $25,331 $33,210 131.1
44 New York $24,770 $32,450 131.0
45 Louisiana $24,757 $23,470 94.8
46 South Dakota $24,754 $25,670 103.7
47 Massachusetts $24,100 $32,150 133.4
48 California $23,605 $32,080 135.9
49 Maryland $22,382 $28,090 125.5
50 Hawaii $19,112 $32,090 167.9

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