The 10 States With The Highest Sales Assistant Salaries For 2022

By Chris Kolmar - Apr. 11, 2022

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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.

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 sales assistant salaries:

  1. New Jersey
  2. Georgia
  3. California
  4. Colorado
  5. Washington
  6. Texas
  7. Iowa
  8. North Dakota
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Delaware

To better understand how sales assistant 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.

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

How we determined sales assistant pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for sales assistants from the 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 $58490, so our index value would be:

$58,490 * (100 / 135.9) = $43,038

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 New Jersey $53,576 $65,310 121.9
2 Georgia $44,649 $40,810 91.4
3 California $43,038 $58,490 135.9
4 Colorado $40,761 $42,310 103.8
5 Washington $38,640 $40,650 105.2
6 Texas $38,081 $34,540 90.7
7 Iowa $36,857 $33,540 91.0
8 North Dakota $36,227 $36,010 99.4
9 Pennsylvania $35,374 $35,870 101.4
10 Delaware $35,138 $35,630 101.4
11 Minnesota $35,128 $35,410 100.8
12 Utah $34,827 $32,390 93.0
13 Massachusetts $34,797 $46,420 133.4
14 Michigan $34,685 $30,870 89.0
15 Tennessee $34,015 $30,410 89.4
16 Oregon $33,987 $39,290 115.6
17 Arizona $33,897 $33,220 98.0
18 Ohio $33,795 $31,700 93.8
19 Vermont $33,740 $40,860 121.1
20 Nevada $33,562 $34,670 103.3
21 Oklahoma $33,419 $29,810 89.2
22 Nebraska $33,384 $30,580 91.6
23 Kentucky $33,226 $30,070 90.5
24 Illinois $33,160 $31,370 94.6
25 Missouri $32,732 $29,590 90.4
26 North Carolina $32,715 $30,720 93.9
27 Virginia $32,698 $32,960 100.8
28 Arkansas $32,652 $28,440 87.1
29 New Hampshire $32,153 $37,620 117.0
30 Kansas $32,057 $28,820 89.9
31 Connecticut $32,012 $40,880 127.7
32 Wisconsin $31,962 $30,940 96.8
33 Louisiana $31,677 $30,030 94.8
34 Montana $31,378 $31,630 100.8
35 Florida $31,159 $30,630 98.3
36 West Virginia $29,999 $28,020 93.4
37 Maryland $29,896 $37,520 125.5
38 New York $28,961 $37,940 131.0
39 Maine $28,673 $31,770 110.8
40 South Carolina $28,518 $28,290 99.2
41 Alaska $26,254 $34,420 131.1
42 Hawaii $21,280 $35,730 167.9

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Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar is a co-founder of Zippia and the editor-in-chief of the Zippia career advice blog. He has hired over 50 people in his career, been hired five times, and wants to help you land your next job. His research has been featured on the New York Times, Thrillist, VOX, The Atlantic, and a host of local news. More recently, he's been quoted on USA Today, BusinessInsider, and CNBC.

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