These Are The 10 States With The Highest Sales Assistant 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 sales assistants 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 sales assistants 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 sales assistants 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 sales assistants after this adjustment? That would be Sales And Related Workers, All Other.

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

  1. Delaware
  2. Nebraska
  3. Mississippi
  4. Arkansas
  5. Idaho
  6. Pennsylvania
  7. Indiana
  8. Georgia
  9. Kansas
  10. Iowa

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 sales assistants 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 $44890, so our index value would be:

$44,890 * (100 / 135.9) = $33,031

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

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

Detailed List Of Sales Assistant Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Delaware $66,518 $67,450 101.4
2 Nebraska $65,152 $59,680 91.6
3 Mississippi $52,887 $45,430 85.9
4 Arkansas $50,918 $44,350 87.1
5 Idaho $50,770 $46,760 92.1
6 Pennsylvania $50,433 $51,140 101.4
7 Indiana $49,396 $44,210 89.5
8 Georgia $48,905 $44,700 91.4
9 Kansas $48,898 $43,960 89.9
10 Iowa $48,648 $44,270 91.0
11 Washington $47,252 $49,710 105.2
12 North Dakota $45,905 $45,630 99.4
13 Utah $45,709 $42,510 93.0
14 Oklahoma $45,627 $40,700 89.2
15 Alabama $45,559 $41,550 91.2
16 New Jersey $44,856 $54,680 121.9
17 Texas $44,057 $39,960 90.7
18 Massachusetts $44,002 $58,700 133.4
19 Arizona $43,969 $43,090 98.0
20 North Carolina $43,439 $40,790 93.9
21 Kentucky $42,762 $38,700 90.5
22 Illinois $42,579 $40,280 94.6
23 Florida $42,553 $41,830 98.3
24 Minnesota $42,301 $42,640 100.8
25 Tennessee $41,845 $37,410 89.4
26 Ohio $41,321 $38,760 93.8
27 South Carolina $41,209 $40,880 99.2
28 Wisconsin $40,929 $39,620 96.8
29 Virginia $40,416 $40,740 100.8
30 Wyoming $39,106 $35,900 91.8
31 South Dakota $38,958 $40,400 103.7
32 Maine $38,916 $43,120 110.8
33 New Mexico $38,321 $36,980 96.5
34 Montana $37,976 $38,280 100.8
35 Nevada $37,483 $38,720 103.3
36 New Hampshire $36,846 $43,110 117.0
37 Connecticut $36,828 $47,030 127.7
38 Alaska $36,483 $47,830 131.1
39 Maryland $36,231 $45,470 125.5
40 Michigan $35,101 $31,240 89.0
41 Oregon $34,697 $40,110 115.6
42 Rhode Island $33,380 $40,290 120.7
43 California $33,031 $44,890 135.9
44 Louisiana $28,955 $27,450 94.8
45 Hawaii $25,741 $43,220 167.9