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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 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 recruiters 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 recruiters 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 recruiters 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 recruiters after this adjustment? That would be Human Resources Specialists.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Virginia
  3. Michigan
  4. North Carolina
  5. Missouri
  6. Idaho
  7. Pennsylvania
  8. Georgia
  9. Utah
  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 recruiters 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 $75250, so our index value would be:

$75,250 * (100 / 135.9) = $55,371

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

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

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Detailed List Of Recruiter Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $72,326 $65,600 90.7
2 Virginia $71,369 $71,940 100.8
3 Michigan $68,370 $60,850 89.0
4 North Carolina $66,762 $62,690 93.9
5 Missouri $66,404 $60,030 90.4
6 Idaho $66,330 $61,090 92.1
7 Pennsylvania $65,818 $66,740 101.4
8 Georgia $65,623 $59,980 91.4
9 Utah $65,290 $60,720 93.0
10 Colorado $65,269 $67,750 103.8
11 Washington $64,591 $67,950 105.2
12 Illinois $64,281 $60,810 94.6
13 Kansas $63,737 $57,300 89.9
14 Nebraska $63,417 $58,090 91.6
15 Alabama $63,344 $57,770 91.2
16 Ohio $63,176 $59,260 93.8
17 Tennessee $62,684 $56,040 89.4
18 West Virginia $61,520 $57,460 93.4
19 Minnesota $61,438 $61,930 100.8
20 Delaware $60,907 $61,760 101.4
21 Indiana $60,849 $54,460 89.5
22 Arkansas $60,608 $52,790 87.1
23 New Mexico $60,549 $58,430 96.5
24 Wyoming $60,119 $55,190 91.8
25 Kentucky $59,966 $54,270 90.5
26 Oklahoma $59,641 $53,200 89.2
27 Mississippi $59,394 $51,020 85.9
28 Maryland $59,035 $74,090 125.5
29 New Jersey $58,958 $71,870 121.9
30 Wisconsin $58,832 $56,950 96.8
31 Florida $58,168 $57,180 98.3
32 Iowa $58,131 $52,900 91.0
33 New York $57,541 $75,380 131.0
34 Arizona $57,418 $56,270 98.0
35 Louisiana $57,341 $54,360 94.8
36 Rhode Island $56,429 $68,110 120.7
37 North Dakota $56,398 $56,060 99.4
38 Massachusetts $56,026 $74,740 133.4
39 South Carolina $55,745 $55,300 99.2
40 California $55,371 $75,250 135.9
41 Nevada $53,930 $55,710 103.3
42 Connecticut $52,623 $67,200 127.7
43 Montana $52,271 $52,690 100.8
44 Alaska $52,120 $68,330 131.1
45 Oregon $51,141 $59,120 115.6
46 Maine $50,731 $56,210 110.8
47 South Dakota $50,453 $52,320 103.7
48 New Hampshire $50,230 $58,770 117.0
49 Vermont $47,729 $57,800 121.1
50 Hawaii $36,319 $60,980 167.9