The 10 States With The Highest Receptionist 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 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. Washington
  4. Illinois
  5. Indiana
  6. Oklahoma
  7. Wyoming
  8. Nebraska
  9. Idaho
  10. Tennessee

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 receptionists 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 $33190, so our index value would be:

$33,190 * (100 / 135.9) = $24,422

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.

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Receptionist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Michigan $33,359 $29,690 89.0
2 Iowa $32,318 $29,410 91.0
3 Washington $32,309 $33,990 105.2
4 Illinois $31,934 $30,210 94.6
5 Indiana $31,865 $28,520 89.5
6 Oklahoma $31,625 $28,210 89.2
7 Wyoming $31,590 $29,000 91.8
8 Nebraska $31,462 $28,820 91.6
9 Idaho $31,378 $28,900 92.1
10 Tennessee $31,308 $27,990 89.4
11 Arkansas $31,228 $27,200 87.1
12 Colorado $31,175 $32,360 103.8
13 Minnesota $30,902 $31,150 100.8
14 Mississippi $30,698 $26,370 85.9
15 Arizona $30,663 $30,050 98.0
16 Kansas $30,634 $27,540 89.9
17 Wisconsin $30,588 $29,610 96.8
18 Missouri $30,475 $27,550 90.4
19 Georgia $30,459 $27,840 91.4
20 Kentucky $30,265 $27,390 90.5
21 North Carolina $30,255 $28,410 93.9
22 Texas $30,209 $27,400 90.7
23 Utah $29,989 $27,890 93.0
24 Virginia $29,811 $30,050 100.8
25 Ohio $29,690 $27,850 93.8
26 North Dakota $29,657 $29,480 99.4
27 Florida $29,623 $29,120 98.3
28 Alabama $28,859 $26,320 91.2
29 New Mexico $28,694 $27,690 96.5
30 West Virginia $28,543 $26,660 93.4
31 Pennsylvania $28,303 $28,700 101.4
32 Rhode Island $27,895 $33,670 120.7
33 South Carolina $27,883 $27,660 99.2
34 Vermont $27,869 $33,750 121.1
35 Nevada $27,531 $28,440 103.3
36 Maine $27,418 $30,380 110.8
37 Oregon $27,396 $31,670 115.6
38 Connecticut $27,298 $34,860 127.7
39 Montana $27,232 $27,450 100.8
40 New Jersey $27,169 $33,120 121.9
41 Alaska $26,933 $35,310 131.1
42 Delaware $26,785 $27,160 101.4
43 New Hampshire $26,564 $31,080 117.0
44 Louisiana $26,360 $24,990 94.8
45 South Dakota $26,306 $27,280 103.7
46 New York $26,282 $34,430 131.0
47 Massachusetts $24,707 $32,960 133.4
48 Maryland $24,478 $30,720 125.5
49 California $24,422 $33,190 135.9
50 Hawaii $19,577 $32,870 167.9
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