These Are The 10 States With The Highest Systems Engineer Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay systems engineers 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 systems engineers 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 systems engineers 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 systems engineers 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 systems engineers after this adjustment? That would be Software Developers, Systems Software.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Colorado
  3. Virginia
  4. North Carolina
  5. Kansas
  6. Illinois
  7. Alabama
  8. Missouri
  9. Utah
  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 systems engineers 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 $128800, so our index value would be:

$128,800 * (100 / 135.9) = $94,775

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

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

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Detailed List Of Systems Engineer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $117,177 $106,280 90.7
2 Colorado $116,435 $120,860 103.8
3 Virginia $116,398 $117,330 100.8
4 North Carolina $115,324 $108,290 93.9
5 Kansas $110,400 $99,250 89.9
6 Illinois $110,264 $104,310 94.6
7 Alabama $109,835 $100,170 91.2
8 Missouri $109,634 $99,110 90.4
9 Utah $109,559 $101,890 93.0
10 Washington $108,669 $114,320 105.2
11 New Mexico $107,398 $103,640 96.5
12 Georgia $106,564 $97,400 91.4
13 Minnesota $106,279 $107,130 100.8
14 Idaho $104,136 $95,910 92.1
15 Ohio $101,524 $95,230 93.8
16 Florida $101,180 $99,460 98.3
17 Arizona $100,448 $98,440 98.0
18 Mississippi $99,406 $85,390 85.9
19 New Hampshire $99,401 $116,300 117.0
20 Iowa $98,087 $89,260 91.0
21 Tennessee $97,673 $87,320 89.4
22 Michigan $97,494 $86,770 89.0
23 Pennsylvania $96,538 $97,890 101.4
24 New Jersey $94,872 $115,650 121.9
25 Kentucky $94,839 $85,830 90.5
26 California $94,775 $128,800 135.9
27 Maryland $94,095 $118,090 125.5
28 Nebraska $93,100 $85,280 91.6
29 Indiana $90,603 $81,090 89.5
30 Rhode Island $90,157 $108,820 120.7
31 Oklahoma $89,147 $79,520 89.2
32 Vermont $89,042 $107,830 121.1
33 Wisconsin $88,770 $85,930 96.8
34 Nevada $87,947 $90,850 103.3
35 Oregon $87,854 $101,560 115.6
36 South Dakota $87,184 $90,410 103.7
37 Massachusetts $85,704 $114,330 133.4
38 New York $85,282 $111,720 131.0
39 Montana $83,075 $83,740 100.8
40 Arkansas $82,537 $71,890 87.1
41 West Virginia $81,456 $76,080 93.4
42 South Carolina $81,048 $80,400 99.2
43 Connecticut $80,908 $103,320 127.7
44 Maine $79,837 $88,460 110.8
45 Louisiana $76,234 $72,270 94.8
46 North Dakota $65,764 $65,370 99.4
47 Hawaii $55,390 $93,000 167.9

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