The 10 States With The Highest Ride Operator 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 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. Washington
  2. Michigan
  3. Arizona
  4. Wyoming
  5. Illinois
  6. North Dakota
  7. Minnesota
  8. Mississippi
  9. Colorado
  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 ride operators 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 $26660, so our index value would be:

$26,660 * (100 / 135.9) = $19,617

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 Washington $28,355 $29,830 105.2
2 Michigan $27,078 $24,100 89.0
3 Arizona $25,959 $25,440 98.0
4 Wyoming $25,882 $23,760 91.8
5 Illinois $25,623 $24,240 94.6
6 North Dakota $25,181 $25,030 99.4
7 Minnesota $24,821 $25,020 100.8
8 Mississippi $24,691 $21,210 85.9
9 Colorado $24,547 $25,480 103.8
10 Tennessee $24,284 $21,710 89.4
11 Missouri $23,805 $21,520 90.4
12 Texas $23,803 $21,590 90.7
13 Nebraska $23,504 $21,530 91.6
14 Alabama $23,410 $21,350 91.2
15 Utah $23,365 $21,730 93.0
16 Kansas $23,348 $20,990 89.9
17 New Mexico $23,336 $22,520 96.5
18 Louisiana $23,122 $21,920 94.8
19 Wisconsin $23,006 $22,270 96.8
20 Florida $23,001 $22,610 98.3
21 Iowa $22,945 $20,880 91.0
22 Arkansas $22,881 $19,930 87.1
23 Idaho $22,855 $21,050 92.1
24 Oklahoma $22,780 $20,320 89.2
25 Montana $22,678 $22,860 100.8
26 Kentucky $22,574 $20,430 90.5
27 West Virginia $22,505 $21,020 93.4
28 Oregon $22,482 $25,990 115.6
29 Nevada $22,429 $23,170 103.3
30 Ohio $22,409 $21,020 93.8
31 Georgia $22,155 $20,250 91.4
32 Indiana $22,145 $19,820 89.5
33 North Carolina $21,927 $20,590 93.9
34 Vermont $21,841 $26,450 121.1
35 Maine $21,507 $23,830 110.8
36 Rhode Island $21,391 $25,820 120.7
37 South Carolina $21,038 $20,870 99.2
38 South Dakota $20,896 $21,670 103.7
39 Massachusetts $20,884 $27,860 133.4
40 Delaware $20,848 $21,140 101.4
41 Pennsylvania $20,690 $20,980 101.4
42 Alaska $20,556 $26,950 131.1
43 Connecticut $20,430 $26,090 127.7
44 New York $20,122 $26,360 131.0
45 California $19,617 $26,660 135.9
46 New Jersey $19,155 $23,350 121.9
47 New Hampshire $19,094 $22,340 117.0
48 Maryland $18,135 $22,760 125.5
49 Hawaii $16,920 $28,410 167.9
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