These Are The 10 States With The Highest Valet Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 6 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 valets 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 valets 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 valets 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 valets after this adjustment? That would be Parking Lot Attendants.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Nebraska
  3. Wyoming
  4. West Virginia
  5. Washington
  6. Utah
  7. Texas
  8. Maine
  9. Michigan
  10. Iowa

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 valets 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 $25580, so our index value would be:

$25,580 * (100 / 135.9) = $18,822

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

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

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Detailed List Of Valet Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $26,754 $25,310 94.6
2 Nebraska $26,211 $24,010 91.6
3 Wyoming $26,023 $23,890 91.8
4 West Virginia $25,910 $24,200 93.4
5 Washington $24,933 $26,230 105.2
6 Utah $24,408 $22,700 93.0
7 Texas $24,399 $22,130 90.7
8 Maine $24,359 $26,990 110.8
9 Michigan $24,269 $21,600 89.0
10 Iowa $24,065 $21,900 91.0
11 Alabama $23,991 $21,880 91.2
12 Minnesota $23,888 $24,080 100.8
13 North Carolina $23,812 $22,360 93.9
14 Colorado $23,622 $24,520 103.8
15 Missouri $23,429 $21,180 90.4
16 Ohio $23,272 $21,830 93.8
17 Tennessee $23,221 $20,760 89.4
18 Arkansas $23,008 $20,040 87.1
19 South Carolina $22,983 $22,800 99.2
20 North Dakota $22,957 $22,820 99.4
21 Oklahoma $22,903 $20,430 89.2
22 New Mexico $22,829 $22,030 96.5
23 Kentucky $22,806 $20,640 90.5
24 Mississippi $22,805 $19,590 85.9
25 Georgia $22,658 $20,710 91.4
26 Wisconsin $22,654 $21,930 96.8
27 Nevada $22,633 $23,380 103.3
28 Arizona $22,571 $22,120 98.0
29 South Dakota $22,430 $23,260 103.7
30 Idaho $22,204 $20,450 92.1
31 Pennsylvania $22,011 $22,320 101.4
32 New Hampshire $21,991 $25,730 117.0
33 Virginia $21,964 $22,140 100.8
34 Indiana $21,731 $19,450 89.5
35 Delaware $21,656 $21,960 101.4
36 Louisiana $21,023 $19,930 94.8
37 Montana $21,021 $21,190 100.8
38 Florida $20,701 $20,350 98.3
39 Vermont $20,685 $25,050 121.1
40 Oregon $20,449 $23,640 115.6
41 Rhode Island $20,190 $24,370 120.7
42 New Jersey $19,360 $23,600 121.9
43 Connecticut $18,856 $24,080 127.7
44 California $18,822 $25,580 135.9
45 Alaska $18,611 $24,400 131.1
46 New York $17,938 $23,500 131.0
47 Maryland $17,235 $21,630 125.5
48 Hawaii $13,793 $23,160 167.9

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