These Are The 10 Highest Sales Associate Salaries By State

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 associates 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 associates 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 associates 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 associates after this adjustment? That would be Retail Salespersons.

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

  1. North Dakota
  2. Wyoming
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Mississippi
  5. Idaho
  6. Texas
  7. Nebraska
  8. Alabama
  9. Missouri
  10. Washington

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 sales associates 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 $29810, so our index value would be:

$29,810 * (100 / 135.9) = $21,935

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

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

Detailed List Of Sales Associate Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $32,424 $32,230 99.4
2 Wyoming $31,045 $28,500 91.8
3 Oklahoma $30,896 $27,560 89.2
4 Mississippi $30,605 $26,290 85.9
5 Idaho $30,499 $28,090 92.1
6 Texas $30,165 $27,360 90.7
7 Nebraska $30,109 $27,580 91.6
8 Alabama $30,076 $27,430 91.2
9 Missouri $30,044 $27,160 90.4
10 Washington $29,762 $31,310 105.2
11 Illinois $29,545 $27,950 94.6
12 Kansas $29,543 $26,560 89.9
13 Tennessee $29,317 $26,210 89.4
14 Iowa $29,296 $26,660 91.0
15 Michigan $29,292 $26,070 89.0
16 Ohio $29,072 $27,270 93.8
17 Utah $28,784 $26,770 93.0
18 New Mexico $28,393 $27,400 96.5
19 Arkansas $28,289 $24,640 87.1
20 Indiana $28,022 $25,080 89.5
21 Colorado $27,976 $29,040 103.8
22 Montana $27,589 $27,810 100.8
23 North Carolina $27,305 $25,640 93.9
24 Kentucky $27,281 $24,690 90.5
25 South Dakota $27,222 $28,230 103.7
26 Georgia $27,221 $24,880 91.4
27 Rhode Island $26,553 $32,050 120.7
28 Wisconsin $26,487 $25,640 96.8
29 Nevada $26,437 $27,310 103.3
30 Pennsylvania $26,291 $26,660 101.4
31 Minnesota $26,269 $26,480 100.8
32 West Virginia $26,263 $24,530 93.4
33 Florida $26,215 $25,770 98.3
34 Louisiana $26,118 $24,760 94.8
35 Arizona $25,765 $25,250 98.0
36 Virginia $25,367 $25,570 100.8
37 South Carolina $25,131 $24,930 99.2
38 Oregon $24,991 $28,890 115.6
39 Vermont $24,971 $30,240 121.1
40 Delaware $24,694 $25,040 101.4
41 Maine $24,106 $26,710 110.8
42 New Hampshire $23,495 $27,490 117.0
43 Connecticut $23,226 $29,660 127.7
44 New Jersey $22,616 $27,570 121.9
45 Alaska $21,975 $28,810 131.1
46 California $21,935 $29,810 135.9
47 New York $21,198 $27,770 131.0
48 Maryland $21,043 $26,410 125.5
49 Massachusetts $21,041 $28,070 133.4
50 Hawaii $16,956 $28,470 167.9