These Are The 10 Best States For Business Analysts

We used the most recent data to determine the best states for Business Analysts.
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Business Analysts are one of the best jobs in America for recent college graduates. Additionally, a significant number of people out of college work as business analysts in every state in the union -- it's not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since Business Analysts are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where business analysts have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around, and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.

To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for business analysts. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America's Business Analysts:

  1. Virginia
  2. Georgia
  3. Washington
  4. Texas
  5. Illinois
  6. Michigan
  7. North Carolina
  8. Alabama
  9. Colorado
  10. Kansas

So there you have it -- Virginia is the best of the best when it comes to being a business analysts.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for business analysts and for more on the top ten states.

How we determined the best states to be a business analyst

Business Analysts Salaries By State Map

Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

So in order to find out the best states for business analysts in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well business analysts get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics's Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given state.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.
  • Average annual salary for experienced professionals.

To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state's cost of living.

Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for business analysts in California is $96,550 and the average salary in Oregon is $83,780, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life's essentials.

In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.

We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for business analysts in America.

So without further ado, let's get into just what made each state so great for business analysts.

1. Virginia

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 45,960 Average Annual Salary: $102,810 Average Entry Level Salary: $55,110 Average Experienced Salary: $159,020 Location Quotient: 2.8

2. Georgia

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 24,750 Average Annual Salary: $92,790 Average Entry Level Salary: $43,770 Average Experienced Salary: $152,190 Location Quotient: 1.35

3. Washington

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 16,040 Average Annual Salary: $102,000 Average Entry Level Salary: $53,380 Average Experienced Salary: $161,250 Location Quotient: 1.21

4. Texas

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 36,090 Average Annual Salary: $96,030 Average Entry Level Salary: $48,420 Average Experienced Salary: $155,260 Location Quotient: 0.7

5. Illinois

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 28,510 Average Annual Salary: $91,380 Average Entry Level Salary: $44,450 Average Experienced Salary: $150,880 Location Quotient: 1.09

6. Michigan

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 13,970 Average Annual Salary: $86,780 Average Entry Level Salary: $47,510 Average Experienced Salary: $136,780 Location Quotient: 0.76

7. North Carolina

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 14,430 Average Annual Salary: $88,880 Average Entry Level Salary: $43,420 Average Experienced Salary: $146,860 Location Quotient: 0.79

8. Alabama

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 4,380 Average Annual Salary: $91,020 Average Entry Level Salary: $44,590 Average Experienced Salary: $146,270 Location Quotient: 0.52

9. Colorado

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 8,430 Average Annual Salary: $92,070 Average Entry Level Salary: $48,420 Average Experienced Salary: $156,280 Location Quotient: 0.77

10. Kansas

Best States For Business Analysts
Source: Wikipedia
Total Jobs: 3,580 Average Annual Salary: $83,680 Average Entry Level Salary: $44,120 Average Experienced Salary: $137,420 Location Quotient: 0.59

There You Have It

If you're looking to start out your career as a business analyst these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You'll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement. If you're curious, here are the worst states to be a business analyst in America:
  1. Maine
  2. North Dakota
  3. Hawaii

Detailed List Of The Best States For Business Analysts

RankStateAverage SalaryEntry Level Salary# Of People
1Virginia$102,810$55,11045,960
2Georgia$92,790$43,77024,750
3Washington$102,000$53,38016,040
4Texas$96,030$48,42036,090
5Illinois$91,380$44,45028,510
6Michigan$86,780$47,51013,970
7North Carolina$88,880$43,42014,430
8Alabama$91,020$44,5904,380
9Colorado$92,070$48,4208,430
10Kansas$83,680$44,1203,580
11Minnesota$84,250$50,53012,200
12Delaware$83,360$49,1602,000
13Indiana$76,400$41,00010,030
14Florida$82,440$39,46041,560
15Tennessee$81,840$41,1806,920
16Pennsylvania$85,680$43,67021,230
17Montana$92,350$46,640560
18Ohio$81,280$41,07016,700
19Nebraska$79,080$47,9602,410
20Iowa$79,410$42,0803,560
21Idaho$80,960$33,2301,810
22Utah$77,810$36,0905,740
23New York$106,760$50,49040,520
24Missouri$77,800$43,2105,670
25Wisconsin$78,490$45,3108,500
26New Jersey$98,690$53,49012,490
27New Hampshire$96,850$46,4302,020
28Maryland$96,490$54,87018,330
29Rhode Island$90,940$54,2103,210
30Connecticut$98,550$53,6808,230
31Arizona$76,420$41,07011,030
32Kentucky$76,810$39,2803,460
33Wyoming$105,730$42,570390
34Oklahoma$70,810$41,4704,730
35Massachusetts$101,950$51,46022,490
36South Dakota$76,190$42,8202,370
37Nevada$81,600$43,4803,110
38Mississippi$71,150$38,8801,460
39California$96,550$51,44094,660
40Oregon$83,780$51,0305,420
41New Mexico$72,570$39,5702,330
42Vermont$92,040$46,550740
43South Carolina$72,580$37,2708,170
44Louisiana$72,690$38,3803,550
45Arkansas$58,040$23,7103,860
46Alaska$91,500$55,130640
47West Virginia$68,210$30,1901,810
48Hawaii$74,290$44,4101,960
49North Dakota$69,750$38,680600
50Maine$65,330$38,7301,040

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