These Are The 10 States With The Highest Recycler 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 recyclers 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 recyclers 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 recyclers 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 recyclers after this adjustment? That would be Refuse And Recyclable Material Collectors.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Washington
  3. Michigan
  4. New York
  5. Arizona
  6. Delaware
  7. Wyoming
  8. Minnesota
  9. Oregon
  10. Ohio

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 recyclers 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 $48080, so our index value would be:

$48,080 * (100 / 135.9) = $35,378

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

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

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Detailed List Of Recycler Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $53,076 $50,210 94.6
2 Washington $44,049 $46,340 105.2
3 Michigan $42,820 $38,110 89.0
4 New York $41,908 $54,900 131.0
5 Arizona $41,142 $40,320 98.0
6 Delaware $40,887 $41,460 101.4
7 Wyoming $39,967 $36,690 91.8
8 Minnesota $39,930 $40,250 100.8
9 Oregon $38,105 $44,050 115.6
10 Ohio $38,091 $35,730 93.8
11 Montana $37,361 $37,660 100.8
12 Utah $37,139 $34,540 93.0
13 Rhode Island $37,009 $44,670 120.7
14 Texas $36,934 $33,500 90.7
15 Nevada $36,892 $38,110 103.3
16 Colorado $36,801 $38,200 103.8
17 Indiana $35,810 $32,050 89.5
18 Wisconsin $35,671 $34,530 96.8
19 Oklahoma $35,650 $31,800 89.2
20 California $35,378 $48,080 135.9
21 Idaho $34,885 $32,130 92.1
22 Florida $34,791 $34,200 98.3
23 Pennsylvania $34,615 $35,100 101.4
24 New Mexico $34,590 $33,380 96.5
25 Nebraska $33,842 $31,000 91.6
26 Missouri $33,838 $30,590 90.4
27 Alaska $33,531 $43,960 131.1
28 Kentucky $33,458 $30,280 90.5
29 Georgia $33,216 $30,360 91.4
30 Kansas $33,014 $29,680 89.9
31 Iowa $32,945 $29,980 91.0
32 Alabama $32,335 $29,490 91.2
33 Connecticut $32,012 $40,880 127.7
34 New Jersey $31,886 $38,870 121.9
35 North Dakota $31,810 $31,620 99.4
36 Arkansas $31,274 $27,240 87.1
37 Massachusetts $31,236 $41,670 133.4
38 Mississippi $31,175 $26,780 85.9
39 Tennessee $30,201 $27,000 89.4
40 North Carolina $29,488 $27,690 93.9
41 Louisiana $29,462 $27,930 94.8
42 New Hampshire $28,452 $33,290 117.0
43 Virginia $28,125 $28,350 100.8
44 Vermont $26,556 $32,160 121.1
45 West Virginia $25,653 $23,960 93.4
46 South Carolina $25,594 $25,390 99.2
47 Maine $25,153 $27,870 110.8
48 South Dakota $24,956 $25,880 103.7
49 Maryland $24,454 $30,690 125.5
50 Hawaii $22,501 $37,780 167.9

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