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We decided to bring you a list of the best states for jobs for project managers, considering how big the profession is in the United States. Project manager positions are available in every area, but not all places are the same -- they do not offer the same wages, benefits, time off, etc. Our research found that Massachusetts is the best state for project managers, while California and Massachusetts are ranked highest in terms of median salary. Massachusetts has a median salary of $99,738 and California has the highest median salary among all 50 states for project managers.
In order to get you the best states for project managers, we looked at our data on jobs and wages -- specifically the average annual wage and the number of available jobs per capita. Some of the companies that are hiring for project managers include Infosys Public Services and Wipro.

Here Are the Best States for Project Managers In 2022:

1. Massachusetts

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,794
Average Annual Salary:$99,738
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$72,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$137,000
Location Quotient:
1.16

2. Rhode Island

Total Project Manager Jobs:
211
Average Annual Salary:$97,987
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$71,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$134,000
Location Quotient:
1.03

3. New Jersey

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,366
Average Annual Salary:$98,945
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$71,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$136,000
Location Quotient:
1.03

4. California

Total Project Manager Jobs:
5,898
Average Annual Salary:$101,635
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$69,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$147,000
Location Quotient:
1.2

5. New Hampshire

Total Project Manager Jobs:
277
Average Annual Salary:$96,456
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$70,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$132,000
Location Quotient:
0.94

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6. Connecticut

Total Project Manager Jobs:
470
Average Annual Salary:$98,736
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$71,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$136,000
Location Quotient:
0.85

7. Washington

Total Project Manager Jobs:
2,012
Average Annual Salary:$91,396
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$64,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$129,000
Location Quotient:
1.64

8. New York

Total Project Manager Jobs:
2,245
Average Annual Salary:$95,094
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$68,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$131,000
Location Quotient:
1.04

9. Pennsylvania

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,691
Average Annual Salary:$93,570
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$67,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$129,000
Location Quotient:
0.87

10. Vermont

Total Project Manager Jobs:
116
Average Annual Salary:$93,166
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$67,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$128,000
Location Quotient:
0.9

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11. Virginia

Total Project Manager Jobs:
2,110
Average Annual Salary:$91,100
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$66,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$125,000
Location Quotient:
1.33

12. Texas

Total Project Manager Jobs:
3,887
Average Annual Salary:$86,018
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$60,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$122,000
Location Quotient:
1.14

13. District of Columbia

Total Project Manager Jobs:
639
Average Annual Salary:$95,094
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$68,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$131,000
Location Quotient:
2.27

14. North Carolina

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,585
Average Annual Salary:$87,011
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$63,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$119,000
Location Quotient:
0.98

15. Delaware

Total Project Manager Jobs:
183
Average Annual Salary:$93,202
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$67,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$128,000
Location Quotient:
0.87

16. Nevada

Total Project Manager Jobs:
337
Average Annual Salary:$86,874
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$59,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$126,000
Location Quotient:
0.96

17. Maryland

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,255
Average Annual Salary:$92,295
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$66,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$127,000
Location Quotient:
1.18

18. Ohio

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,717
Average Annual Salary:$81,394
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$59,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$112,000
Location Quotient:
1

19. Arizona

Total Project Manager Jobs:
853
Average Annual Salary:$88,366
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$61,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$126,000
Location Quotient:
0.87

20. Michigan

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,191
Average Annual Salary:$83,110
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$60,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$114,000
Location Quotient:
0.92

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21. Maine

Total Project Manager Jobs:
177
Average Annual Salary:$88,274
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$64,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$121,000
Location Quotient:
0.8

22. New Mexico

Total Project Manager Jobs:
329
Average Annual Salary:$83,718
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$58,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$119,000
Location Quotient:
1

23. Oregon

Total Project Manager Jobs:
902
Average Annual Salary:$84,210
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$59,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$119,000
Location Quotient:
1.3

24. Georgia

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,754
Average Annual Salary:$82,855
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$59,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$114,000
Location Quotient:
1.01

25. Minnesota

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,159
Average Annual Salary:$81,802
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$59,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$111,000
Location Quotient:
1.04

26. West Virginia

Total Project Manager Jobs:
136
Average Annual Salary:$83,728
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$60,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$115,000
Location Quotient:
0.53

27. Hawaii

Total Project Manager Jobs:
141
Average Annual Salary:$87,699
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$69,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$110,000
Location Quotient:
1

28. Wisconsin

Total Project Manager Jobs:
933
Average Annual Salary:$78,423
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$57,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$107,000
Location Quotient:
1.01

29. Utah

Total Project Manager Jobs:
577
Average Annual Salary:$77,999
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$54,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$111,000
Location Quotient:
1.08

30. Iowa

Total Project Manager Jobs:
454
Average Annual Salary:$79,068
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$57,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$108,000
Location Quotient:
0.75

31. Tennessee

Total Project Manager Jobs:
919
Average Annual Salary:$76,102
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$55,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$105,000
Location Quotient:
0.93

32. Indiana

Total Project Manager Jobs:
837
Average Annual Salary:$78,333
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$57,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$107,000
Location Quotient:
0.76

33. Kentucky

Total Project Manager Jobs:
424
Average Annual Salary:$78,446
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$57,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$107,000
Location Quotient:
0.69

34. Kansas

Total Project Manager Jobs:
420
Average Annual Salary:$78,236
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$56,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$108,000
Location Quotient:
0.83

35. North Dakota

Total Project Manager Jobs:
150
Average Annual Salary:$75,017
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$54,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$102,000
Location Quotient:
0.96

36. Illinois

Total Project Manager Jobs:
1,803
Average Annual Salary:$78,128
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$56,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$107,000
Location Quotient:
0.9

37. Louisiana

Total Project Manager Jobs:
304
Average Annual Salary:$79,292
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$55,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$113,000
Location Quotient:
0.57

38. Alaska

Total Project Manager Jobs:
122
Average Annual Salary:$78,827
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$60,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$102,000
Location Quotient:
0.87

39. South Carolina

Total Project Manager Jobs:
559
Average Annual Salary:$77,751
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$56,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$107,000
Location Quotient:
0.74

40. Alabama

Total Project Manager Jobs:
462
Average Annual Salary:$76,769
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$55,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$107,000
Location Quotient:
0.62

41. Missouri

Total Project Manager Jobs:
849
Average Annual Salary:$77,452
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$56,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$106,000
Location Quotient:
0.86

42. Nebraska

Total Project Manager Jobs:
340
Average Annual Salary:$75,486
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$54,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$104,000
Location Quotient:
0.91

43. Florida

Total Project Manager Jobs:
2,112
Average Annual Salary:$77,627
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$54,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$110,000
Location Quotient:
0.81

44. Colorado

Total Project Manager Jobs:
802
Average Annual Salary:$77,891
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$55,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$109,000
Location Quotient:
0.8

45. Idaho

Total Project Manager Jobs:
259
Average Annual Salary:$73,707
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$51,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$104,000
Location Quotient:
0.94

46. Oklahoma

Total Project Manager Jobs:
311
Average Annual Salary:$75,061
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$53,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$104,000
Location Quotient:
0.6

47. Wyoming

Total Project Manager Jobs:
82
Average Annual Salary:$72,090
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$51,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$100,000
Location Quotient:
0.82

48. South Dakota

Total Project Manager Jobs:
108
Average Annual Salary:$71,946
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$52,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$99,000
Location Quotient:
0.6

49. Arkansas

Total Project Manager Jobs:
313
Average Annual Salary:$70,864
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$51,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$98,000
Location Quotient:
0.71

50. Montana

Total Project Manager Jobs:
166
Average Annual Salary:$68,280
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$48,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$95,000
Location Quotient:
0.86

51. Mississippi

Total Project Manager Jobs:
173
Average Annual Salary:$72,571
Lowest 10 Percent Earn:$51,000
Highest 10 Percent Earn:$101,000
Location Quotient:
0.49

The 10 Best States In The US For Project Managers in 2022

We found that Massachusetts is the best state for project managers, and Massachusetts is also high in terms of median salary. Our calculations are based on higher annual income for project manager jobs, and having plenty of job openings as well. Finally, here is the list of all states from best to worst for project manager jobs. We also have the current list of job openings for project managers available below.

How We Determined The Best States To Be A Project Manager

You can read about how the best state rankings are calculated here.

Detailed List Of The Best States For A Project Manager

RankStateAverage SalaryLowest 10% EarnPopulationJob Count
1Massachusetts$99,738$72,0006,859,8191,794
2Rhode Island$97,987$71,0001,059,639211
3New Jersey$98,945$71,0009,005,6441,366
4California$101,635$69,00039,536,6535,898
5New Hampshire$96,456$70,0001,342,795277
6Connecticut$98,736$71,0003,588,184470
7Washington$91,396$64,0007,405,7432,012
8New York$95,094$68,00019,849,3992,245
9Pennsylvania$93,570$67,00012,805,5371,691
10Vermont$93,166$67,000623,657116
11Virginia$91,100$66,0008,470,0202,110
12Texas$86,018$60,00028,304,5963,887
13District of Columbia$95,094$68,000693,972639
14North Carolina$87,011$63,00010,273,4191,585
15Delaware$93,202$67,000961,939183
16Nevada$86,874$59,0002,998,039337
17Maryland$92,295$66,0006,052,1771,255
18Ohio$81,394$59,00011,658,6091,717
19Arizona$88,366$61,0007,016,270853
20Michigan$83,110$60,0009,962,3111,191
21Maine$88,274$64,0001,335,907177
22New Mexico$83,718$58,0002,088,070329
23Oregon$84,210$59,0004,142,776902
24Georgia$82,855$59,00010,429,3791,754
25Minnesota$81,802$59,0005,576,6061,159
26West Virginia$83,728$60,0001,815,857136
27Hawaii$87,699$69,0001,427,538141
28Wisconsin$78,423$57,0005,795,483933
29Utah$77,999$54,0003,101,833577
30Iowa$79,068$57,0003,145,711454
31Tennessee$76,102$55,0006,715,984919
32Indiana$78,333$57,0006,666,818837
33Kentucky$78,446$57,0004,454,189424
34Kansas$78,236$56,0002,913,123420
35North Dakota$75,017$54,000755,393150
36Illinois$78,128$56,00012,802,0231,803
37Louisiana$79,292$55,0004,684,333304
38Alaska$78,827$60,000739,795122
39South Carolina$77,751$56,0005,024,369559
40Alabama$76,769$55,0004,874,747462
41Missouri$77,452$56,0006,113,532849
42Nebraska$75,486$54,0001,920,076340
43Florida$77,627$54,00020,984,4002,112
44Colorado$77,891$55,0005,607,154802
45Idaho$73,707$51,0001,716,943259
46Oklahoma$75,061$53,0003,930,864311
47Wyoming$72,090$51,000579,31582
48South Dakota$71,946$52,000869,666108
49Arkansas$70,864$51,0003,004,279313
50Montana$68,280$48,0001,050,493166
51Mississippi$72,571$51,0002,984,100173

Highest paying states for Project Managers

RankStateAvg. Project Manager Salary
1Massachusetts$99,738
2Rhode Island$97,987
3New Jersey$98,945
4California$101,635
5New Hampshire$96,456
6Connecticut$98,736
7Washington$91,396
8New York$95,094
9Pennsylvania$93,570
10Vermont$93,166
11Virginia$91,100
12Texas$86,018
13District of Columbia$95,094
14North Carolina$87,011
15Delaware$93,202
16Nevada$86,874
17Maryland$92,295
18Ohio$81,394
19Arizona$88,366
20Michigan$83,110
21Maine$88,274
22New Mexico$83,718
23Oregon$84,210
24Georgia$82,855
25Minnesota$81,802
26West Virginia$83,728
27Hawaii$87,699
28Wisconsin$78,423
29Utah$77,999
30Iowa$79,068
31Tennessee$76,102
32Indiana$78,333
33Kentucky$78,446
34Kansas$78,236
35North Dakota$75,017
36Illinois$78,128
37Louisiana$79,292
38Alaska$78,827
39South Carolina$77,751
40Alabama$76,769
41Missouri$77,452
42Nebraska$75,486
43Florida$77,627
44Colorado$77,891
45Idaho$73,707
46Oklahoma$75,061
47Wyoming$72,090
48South Dakota$71,946
49Arkansas$70,864
50Montana$68,280
51Mississippi$72,571
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