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The 10 States With The Highest Sales Representative Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 week 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 representatives 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 representatives 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 representatives 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 representatives after this adjustment? That would be Sales Representatives, Services, All Other.

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

  1. Kansas
  2. Virginia
  3. Indiana
  4. Colorado
  5. Michigan
  6. Washington
  7. Georgia
  8. Ohio
  9. Texas
  10. Illinois

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 representatives 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 $67280, so our index value would be:

$67,280 * (100 / 135.9) = $49,506

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

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

Detailed List Of Sales Representative Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Kansas $77,241 $69,440 89.9
2 Virginia $75,525 $76,130 100.8
3 Indiana $74,424 $66,610 89.5
4 Colorado $69,836 $72,490 103.8
5 Michigan $69,775 $62,100 89.0
6 Washington $68,184 $71,730 105.2
7 Georgia $68,019 $62,170 91.4
8 Ohio $67,974 $63,760 93.8
9 Texas $67,320 $61,060 90.7
10 Illinois $67,061 $63,440 94.6
11 Iowa $66,989 $60,960 91.0
12 Delaware $66,360 $67,290 101.4
13 New Jersey $66,013 $80,470 121.9
14 Pennsylvania $65,877 $66,800 101.4
15 Minnesota $64,424 $64,940 100.8
16 North Carolina $64,419 $60,490 93.9
17 Tennessee $64,384 $57,560 89.4
18 Oklahoma $63,049 $56,240 89.2
19 Utah $62,989 $58,580 93.0
20 Kentucky $61,779 $55,910 90.5
21 Arkansas $61,584 $53,640 87.1
22 Missouri $60,752 $54,920 90.4
23 North Dakota $60,663 $60,300 99.4
24 Maryland $60,239 $75,600 125.5
25 Mississippi $59,650 $51,240 85.9
26 New Hampshire $59,358 $69,450 117.0
27 New York $59,297 $77,680 131.0
28 Wisconsin $58,502 $56,630 96.8
29 Alabama $57,905 $52,810 91.2
30 Nebraska $57,576 $52,740 91.6
31 Florida $57,527 $56,550 98.3
32 Nevada $57,357 $59,250 103.3
33 Wyoming $57,287 $52,590 91.8
34 Massachusetts $57,121 $76,200 133.4
35 Idaho $56,438 $51,980 92.1
36 Arizona $55,632 $54,520 98.0
37 Connecticut $55,285 $70,600 127.7
38 Louisiana $53,554 $50,770 94.8
39 Oregon $53,520 $61,870 115.6
40 New Mexico $53,398 $51,530 96.5
41 Maine $52,111 $57,740 110.8
42 West Virginia $52,077 $48,640 93.4
43 Rhode Island $51,847 $62,580 120.7
44 Montana $50,317 $50,720 100.8
45 South Carolina $50,070 $49,670 99.2
46 California $49,506 $67,280 135.9
47 Vermont $48,414 $58,630 121.1
48 South Dakota $47,309 $49,060 103.7
49 Alaska $45,095 $59,120 131.1
50 Hawaii $39,630 $66,540 167.9
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