These Are The 10 States With The Highest Senior Caregiver Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 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 senior caregivers 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 senior caregivers 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 senior caregivers 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 senior caregivers after this adjustment? That would be Personal Care Aides.

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

  1. North Dakota
  2. Nebraska
  3. Kentucky
  4. Iowa
  5. Michigan
  6. Wyoming
  7. Washington
  8. Utah
  9. Minnesota
  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 senior caregivers 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 $25150, so our index value would be:

$25,150 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,506

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

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

Detailed List Of Senior Caregiver Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 North Dakota $32,082 $31,890 99.4
2 Nebraska $26,735 $24,490 91.6
3 Kentucky $26,055 $23,580 90.5
4 Iowa $26,043 $23,700 91.0
5 Michigan $25,258 $22,480 89.0
6 Wyoming $25,152 $23,090 91.8
7 Washington $24,629 $25,910 105.2
8 Utah $24,591 $22,870 93.0
9 Minnesota $24,414 $24,610 100.8
10 Illinois $24,143 $22,840 94.6
11 Alaska $24,103 $31,600 131.1
12 Ohio $23,773 $22,300 93.8
13 Idaho $23,637 $21,770 92.1
14 New Jersey $23,519 $28,670 121.9
15 Vermont $23,220 $28,120 121.1
16 Mississippi $23,143 $19,880 85.9
17 Wisconsin $23,140 $22,400 96.8
18 Kansas $23,047 $20,720 89.9
19 Delaware $23,047 $23,370 101.4
20 Missouri $23,019 $20,810 90.4
21 Indiana $22,994 $20,580 89.5
22 Colorado $22,967 $23,840 103.8
23 Florida $22,848 $22,460 98.3
24 Arkansas $22,640 $19,720 87.1
25 Montana $22,549 $22,730 100.8
26 Pennsylvania $22,495 $22,810 101.4
27 Arizona $22,285 $21,840 98.0
28 North Carolina $22,172 $20,820 93.9
29 Georgia $22,122 $20,220 91.4
30 Oklahoma $22,006 $19,630 89.2
31 Nevada $21,878 $22,600 103.3
32 Tennessee $21,856 $19,540 89.4
33 Connecticut $21,307 $27,210 127.7
34 New Hampshire $21,282 $24,900 117.0
35 West Virginia $21,241 $19,840 93.4
36 South Dakota $21,224 $22,010 103.7
37 Massachusetts $21,184 $28,260 133.4
38 Oregon $20,873 $24,130 115.6
39 New Mexico $20,746 $20,020 96.5
40 Texas $20,529 $18,620 90.7
41 Rhode Island $20,521 $24,770 120.7
42 Maine $20,496 $22,710 110.8
43 Alabama $20,164 $18,390 91.2
44 South Carolina $19,979 $19,820 99.2
45 Maryland $19,840 $24,900 125.5
46 Virginia $19,771 $19,930 100.8
47 Louisiana $19,599 $18,580 94.8
48 New York $19,473 $25,510 131.0
49 California $18,506 $25,150 135.9
50 Hawaii $14,836 $24,910 167.9