These Are The 10 States With The Highest Sales Representative Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay sales representatives the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 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 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, Wholesale And Manufacturing, Technical And Scientific Products.

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

  1. Minnesota
  2. West Virginia
  3. Kansas
  4. Texas
  5. Kentucky
  6. Delaware
  7. Indiana
  8. North Carolina
  9. Michigan
  10. Virginia

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 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 $95090, so our index value would be:

$95,090 * (100 / 135.9) = $69,970

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.

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Detailed List Of Sales Representative Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Minnesota $116,349 $117,280 100.8
2 West Virginia $113,929 $106,410 93.4
3 Kansas $110,422 $99,270 89.9
4 Texas $109,988 $99,760 90.7
5 Kentucky $109,093 $98,730 90.5
6 Delaware $107,613 $109,120 101.4
7 Indiana $105,675 $94,580 89.5
8 North Carolina $105,495 $99,060 93.9
9 Michigan $102,775 $91,470 89.0
10 Virginia $101,815 $102,630 100.8
11 Colorado $98,872 $102,630 103.8
12 Utah $98,193 $91,320 93.0
13 Pennsylvania $98,145 $99,520 101.4
14 Louisiana $96,518 $91,500 94.8
15 Georgia $96,291 $88,010 91.4
16 Alabama $94,616 $86,290 91.2
17 New Jersey $94,208 $114,840 121.9
18 Wisconsin $89,669 $86,800 96.8
19 Tennessee $89,485 $80,000 89.4
20 Ohio $88,891 $83,380 93.8
21 New Hampshire $88,547 $103,600 117.0
22 Missouri $87,732 $79,310 90.4
23 Florida $87,527 $86,040 98.3
24 South Dakota $87,135 $90,360 103.7
25 Washington $87,053 $91,580 105.2
26 Iowa $85,186 $77,520 91.0
27 Nebraska $84,606 $77,500 91.6
28 Idaho $84,484 $77,810 92.1
29 Arizona $83,224 $81,560 98.0
30 Nevada $81,510 $84,200 103.3
31 Vermont $81,106 $98,220 121.1
32 Illinois $80,549 $76,200 94.6
33 Oklahoma $79,753 $71,140 89.2
34 Arkansas $77,738 $67,710 87.1
35 Connecticut $77,674 $99,190 127.7
36 New York $75,862 $99,380 131.0
37 Maine $75,577 $83,740 110.8
38 Massachusetts $75,449 $100,650 133.4
39 North Dakota $75,311 $74,860 99.4
40 Mississippi $74,610 $64,090 85.9
41 Oregon $73,788 $85,300 115.6
42 Rhode Island $73,380 $88,570 120.7
43 South Carolina $73,165 $72,580 99.2
44 California $69,970 $95,090 135.9
45 Montana $64,583 $65,100 100.8
46 Alaska $63,852 $83,710 131.1
47 New Mexico $63,512 $61,290 96.5
48 Hawaii $41,774 $70,140 167.9

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