The 10 States With The Highest Sales Assistant Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 4 days 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. New Jersey
  3. Tennessee
  4. North Dakota
  5. Wyoming
  6. Iowa
  7. Washington
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Colorado
  10. Nebraska

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 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 $49900, so our index value would be:

$49,900 * (100 / 135.9) = $36,718

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 $49,911 $50,610 101.4
2 New Jersey $45,217 $55,120 121.9
3 Tennessee $44,809 $40,060 89.4
4 North Dakota $44,778 $44,510 99.4
5 Wyoming $43,801 $40,210 91.8
6 Iowa $43,582 $39,660 91.0
7 Washington $43,422 $45,680 105.2
8 Wisconsin $41,735 $40,400 96.8
9 Colorado $40,664 $42,210 103.8
10 Nebraska $40,272 $36,890 91.6
11 Arizona $39,214 $38,430 98.0
12 Ohio $38,550 $36,160 93.8
13 Massachusetts $38,388 $51,210 133.4
14 Minnesota $37,460 $37,760 100.8
15 Florida $37,070 $36,440 98.3
16 Illinois $37,029 $35,030 94.6
17 Texas $36,813 $33,390 90.7
18 California $36,718 $49,900 135.9
19 New Mexico $36,155 $34,890 96.5
20 New Hampshire $35,666 $41,730 117.0
21 Indiana $35,050 $31,370 89.5
22 Utah $34,419 $32,010 93.0
23 Montana $34,126 $34,400 100.8
24 Kansas $33,937 $30,510 89.9
25 Kentucky $33,745 $30,540 90.5
26 North Carolina $33,269 $31,240 93.9
27 Nevada $33,165 $34,260 103.3
28 Pennsylvania $33,067 $33,530 101.4
29 Michigan $32,842 $29,230 89.0
30 Louisiana $32,088 $30,420 94.8
31 Maine $32,021 $35,480 110.8
32 Missouri $31,935 $28,870 90.4
33 Idaho $31,563 $29,070 92.1
34 South Dakota $29,768 $30,870 103.7
35 New York $29,648 $38,840 131.0
36 Maryland $29,083 $36,500 125.5
37 Connecticut $28,371 $36,230 127.7
38 Alaska $26,331 $34,520 131.1
39 Rhode Island $25,708 $31,030 120.7
40 Hawaii $23,895 $40,120 167.9
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