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These Are The 10 States With The Highest Trainer 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 trainers 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 trainers 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 trainers 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 trainers after this adjustment? That would be Training And Development Specialists.

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

  1. Texas
  2. Wyoming
  3. North Carolina
  4. Virginia
  5. Tennessee
  6. Michigan
  7. Delaware
  8. Georgia
  9. Kansas
  10. Colorado

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for trainers 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 $72220, so our index value would be:

$72,220 * (100 / 135.9) = $53,142

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

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

For more reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Trainer Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $72,811 $66,040 90.7
2 Wyoming $71,633 $65,760 91.8
3 North Carolina $69,925 $65,660 93.9
4 Virginia $69,017 $69,570 100.8
5 Tennessee $67,214 $60,090 89.4
6 Michigan $67,146 $59,760 89.0
7 Delaware $66,893 $67,830 101.4
8 Georgia $66,838 $61,090 91.4
9 Kansas $65,995 $59,330 89.9
10 Colorado $65,973 $68,480 103.8
11 Washington $65,836 $69,260 105.2
12 Missouri $64,303 $58,130 90.4
13 Rhode Island $62,742 $75,730 120.7
14 Pennsylvania $62,712 $63,590 101.4
15 Alabama $62,686 $57,170 91.2
16 Minnesota $62,648 $63,150 100.8
17 Illinois $62,473 $59,100 94.6
18 Oklahoma $62,410 $55,670 89.2
19 Mississippi $62,176 $53,410 85.9
20 New Jersey $61,517 $74,990 121.9
21 Indiana $61,363 $54,920 89.5
22 Kentucky $60,950 $55,160 90.5
23 Arizona $60,724 $59,510 98.0
24 Idaho $60,499 $55,720 92.1
25 Ohio $60,469 $56,720 93.8
26 Nebraska $60,447 $55,370 91.6
27 Arkansas $59,655 $51,960 87.1
28 Florida $58,870 $57,870 98.3
29 North Dakota $58,752 $58,400 99.4
30 Utah $58,516 $54,420 93.0
31 Iowa $58,274 $53,030 91.0
32 New Hampshire $57,940 $67,790 117.0
33 Montana $56,994 $57,450 100.8
34 Connecticut $56,671 $72,370 127.7
35 South Carolina $56,320 $55,870 99.2
36 Massachusetts $55,967 $74,660 133.4
37 New Mexico $55,761 $53,810 96.5
38 Louisiana $55,094 $52,230 94.8
39 Wisconsin $54,834 $53,080 96.8
40 Oregon $53,416 $61,750 115.6
41 California $53,142 $72,220 135.9
42 West Virginia $52,516 $49,050 93.4
43 Maryland $51,378 $64,480 125.5
44 New York $51,175 $67,040 131.0
45 Nevada $49,806 $51,450 103.3
46 Maine $48,212 $53,420 110.8
47 South Dakota $47,386 $49,140 103.7
48 Vermont $46,746 $56,610 121.1
49 Hawaii $38,284 $64,280 167.9