These Are The 10 States With The Highest Scale Operator Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 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 scale operators 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 scale operators 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 scale operators 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 scale operators after this adjustment? That would be Weighers, Measurers, Checkers, And Samplers, Recordkeeping.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Oklahoma
  3. North Dakota
  4. Nebraska
  5. Tennessee
  6. Michigan
  7. Illinois
  8. New Mexico
  9. Kansas
  10. Vermont

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 scale operators 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 $30660, so our index value would be:

$30,660 * (100 / 135.9) = $22,560

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

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

Detailed List Of Scale Operator Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $42,298 $38,830 91.8
2 Oklahoma $40,919 $36,500 89.2
3 North Dakota $39,708 $39,470 99.4
4 Nebraska $39,028 $35,750 91.6
5 Tennessee $38,087 $34,050 89.4
6 Michigan $37,112 $33,030 89.0
7 Illinois $36,987 $34,990 94.6
8 New Mexico $36,476 $35,200 96.5
9 Kansas $36,262 $32,600 89.9
10 Vermont $35,499 $42,990 121.1
11 Minnesota $35,277 $35,560 100.8
12 Indiana $34,927 $31,260 89.5
13 New Hampshire $34,444 $40,300 117.0
14 Alaska $34,241 $44,890 131.1
15 Ohio $34,232 $32,110 93.8
16 Mississippi $34,132 $29,320 85.9
17 Kentucky $34,077 $30,840 90.5
18 Utah $33,483 $31,140 93.0
19 Washington $33,089 $34,810 105.2
20 Pennsylvania $32,948 $33,410 101.4
21 Missouri $32,743 $29,600 90.4
22 Iowa $32,681 $29,740 91.0
23 Louisiana $32,046 $30,380 94.8
24 Idaho $31,270 $28,800 92.1
25 Florida $31,261 $30,730 98.3
26 Texas $31,069 $28,180 90.7
27 Arkansas $30,723 $26,760 87.1
28 North Carolina $30,660 $28,790 93.9
29 Connecticut $30,626 $39,110 127.7
30 Virginia $30,615 $30,860 100.8
31 South Carolina $30,362 $30,120 99.2
32 Wisconsin $30,351 $29,380 96.8
33 New Jersey $30,237 $36,860 121.9
34 Alabama $30,230 $27,570 91.2
35 Georgia $30,087 $27,500 91.4
36 Massachusetts $29,827 $39,790 133.4
37 Montana $29,285 $29,520 100.8
38 Colorado $29,104 $30,210 103.8
39 South Dakota $29,074 $30,150 103.7
40 Maryland $29,059 $36,470 125.5
41 Arizona $28,734 $28,160 98.0
42 West Virginia $27,301 $25,500 93.4
43 Delaware $26,873 $27,250 101.4
44 Oregon $26,358 $30,470 115.6
45 Nevada $26,176 $27,040 103.3
46 New York $23,847 $31,240 131.0
47 Rhode Island $23,703 $28,610 120.7
48 California $22,560 $30,660 135.9
49 Maine $21,353 $23,660 110.8
50 Hawaii $14,443 $24,250 167.9