These Are The 10 States With The Highest Ride 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 ride 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 ride 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 ride 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 ride operators after this adjustment? That would be Amusement And Recreation Attendants.

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

  1. Arizona
  2. Michigan
  3. Wyoming
  4. Mississippi
  5. Utah
  6. Illinois
  7. Washington
  8. New Mexico
  9. Alaska
  10. Missouri

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 ride 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 $24160, so our index value would be:

$24,160 * (100 / 135.9) = $17,777

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

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

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Detailed List Of Ride Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Arizona $27,265 $26,720 98.0
2 Michigan $25,752 $22,920 89.0
3 Wyoming $25,348 $23,270 91.8
4 Mississippi $25,157 $21,610 85.9
5 Utah $24,860 $23,120 93.0
6 Illinois $24,112 $22,810 94.6
7 Washington $23,944 $25,190 105.2
8 New Mexico $23,398 $22,580 96.5
9 Alaska $22,852 $29,960 131.1
10 Missouri $22,643 $20,470 90.4
11 Texas $22,524 $20,430 90.7
12 Tennessee $22,472 $20,090 89.4
13 North Dakota $22,384 $22,250 99.4
14 Kansas $22,369 $20,110 89.9
15 Nebraska $22,314 $20,440 91.6
16 Minnesota $22,202 $22,380 100.8
17 Arkansas $22,158 $19,300 87.1
18 Idaho $22,149 $20,400 92.1
19 Ohio $22,110 $20,740 93.8
20 Florida $22,095 $21,720 98.3
21 Oklahoma $22,062 $19,680 89.2
22 Nevada $21,887 $22,610 103.3
23 Delaware $21,676 $21,980 101.4
24 Rhode Island $21,623 $26,100 120.7
25 West Virginia $21,563 $20,140 93.4
26 Louisiana $21,561 $20,440 94.8
27 Montana $21,537 $21,710 100.8
28 Oregon $21,531 $24,890 115.6
29 Alabama $21,381 $19,500 91.2
30 Colorado $21,233 $22,040 103.8
31 Georgia $21,225 $19,400 91.4
32 Wisconsin $21,084 $20,410 96.8
33 Indiana $21,016 $18,810 89.5
34 Pennsylvania $21,005 $21,300 101.4
35 Iowa $20,912 $19,030 91.0
36 Kentucky $20,729 $18,760 90.5
37 North Carolina $20,702 $19,440 93.9
38 South Carolina $20,655 $20,490 99.2
39 Vermont $20,305 $24,590 121.1
40 South Dakota $20,048 $20,790 103.7
41 Connecticut $19,921 $25,440 127.7
42 Virginia $19,444 $19,600 100.8
43 Massachusetts $18,778 $25,050 133.4
44 New York $18,183 $23,820 131.0
45 Maine $17,987 $19,930 110.8
46 California $17,777 $24,160 135.9
47 New Hampshire $17,529 $20,510 117.0
48 New Jersey $17,399 $21,210 121.9
49 Hawaii $16,569 $27,820 167.9
50 Maryland $16,517 $20,730 125.5

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