October 15, 2015

Get Paid WAY Higher Wages When You Live In The Right Place

Do you want to make 30% more money than you already do for the exact same job? How about 66% more? Or 120% more?! Of course you would opt to make more money to do the same thing. So why don’t you?

Let’s say that two health educators meet at professional development convention. They discuss their wages. One makes the national average, $55,260 per year. The other one, from Maryland, makes $86,540 per year. That’s 57% more money! All because she lives in a state where the average pay for that job is much higher. They both do the same job. One just makes more money because she lives in the “right” place.

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When it comes to work, where you live matters. In some states you get paid way higher wages compared to other states to do the exact same job. This eye-opening post from Business Insider titled, “Here’s The Most Disproportionately High-Paying Job In Every State” proves it.

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Business Insider used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics program. This program looks at employment and wage information at national, state, and local levels. BI then narrowed down the data to highlight “the occupation in each state with the biggest percent difference between the state average salary and the national average salary.” 

The following information is taken directly from BI. It is based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and calculations from Business Insider.  For each state, you will find the featured jobs full title, the average state wage, and the percentage increase compared to the national average. Let’s take a look:

  1. Alabama – Extruding, Forming, Pressing, and Compacting Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders – $39,370 – 18%
  2. Alaska – Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers – $71,910 – 80%
  3. Arizona – Lodging Managers – $79,990 – 40%
  4. ArkansasCoaches and Scouts – $49,610 – 27%
  5. CaliforniaJudges, Magistrate Judges, Magistrates – $172,660 – 62%
  6. Colorado – Legislators – $60,650 – 50%
  7. Connecticut – Cargo and Freight Agents – $65,100 – 48%
  8. Delaware – Natural Sciences Managers – $183,840 – 35%
  9. District Of Columbia – Printing Press Operators – $80,690 – 120%
  10. FloridaCoaches and Scouts – $52,500 – 34%
  11. Georgia – Health Educators – $76,170 – 38%
  12. HawaiiLifeguards, Ski Patrol, and Other Recreational Protective Service Workers – $36,280 – 73%
  13. IdahoLogging Equipment Operators – $49,810 – 39%
  14. Illinois – Insulation Workers, Mechanical – $78,420 – 56%
  15. Indiana – Insulation Workers, Mechanical – $83,140 – 66%
  16. Iowa – Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse – $26,170 – 26%
  17. KansasGaming Dealers – $28,960 – 38%
  18. Kentucky – Motor Vehicle Operators, All Other – $44,710 – 34%
  19. Louisiana – Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders – $63,350 – 29%
  20. Maine – Coating, Painting, and Spraying Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders – $51,350 – 56%
  21. Maryland – Health Educators – $86,540 – 57%
  22. Massachusetts – Tile and Marble Setters – $75,050 – 70%
  23. Michigan – Tax Examiners and Collectors, and Revenue Agents – $71,520 – 26%
  24. Minnesota – Insulation Workers, Mechanical – $69,810 – 39%
  25. MississippiCoaches and Scouts – $52,580 – 34%
  26. Missouri – Helpers-Brickmasons, Blockmasons, Stonemasons, and Tile and Marble Setters – $42,950 – 37%
  27. Montana – Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing – $35,460 – 24%
  28. Nebraska – Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse – $25,510 – 23%
  29. NevadaPhysical Therapists – $127,900 – 52%
  30. New Hampshire – Education, Training, and Library Workers, All Other – $52,380 – 24%
  31. New JerseyFirst Line Supervisors of Correctional Officers – $105,220 – 70%
  32. New Mexico – Life, Physical, and Social Science Technicians, All Other – $67,850 – 42%
  33. New YorkJudicial Law Clerks – $111,130 – 104%
  34. North Carolina – Separating, Filtering, Clarifying, Precipitating, ad Still Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders – $54,990 – 34%
  35. North Dakota – Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers, and Weighers – $62,010 – 61%
  36. OhioDentists, All Other Specialists – $219,480 – 30%
  37. OklahomaOptometrists – $146,330 – 29%
  38. OregonSkincare Specialists – $50790 – 50%
  39. Pennsylvania – Athletes and Sports Competitors – $130,250 – 66%
  40. Rhode IslandTeachers and Instructors, All Other, Except Substitute Teachers – $74,160 – 55%
  41. South Carolina – Extruding and Drawing Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic – $44,030 – 30%
  42. South Dakota – Home Health Aides – $25,440 – 14%
  43. TennesseeCoaches and Scouts – $48,480 – 24%
  44. Texas – Mining and Geological Engineers, Including Mining Safety Engineers – $143,370 – 42%
  45. Utah – Postsecondary Teachers, All Other – $102,110 – 38%
  46. Vermont – Waiters and Waitresses – $29,900 – 38%
  47. Virginia – Legal Support Workers, All Other – $100,030 – 58%
  48. WashingtonEmergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics – $57,850 – 65%
  49. West Virginia – Conveyor Operators and Tenders – $49,960 – 47%
  50. WisconsinNurse Anesthetists – $214,150 – 35%
  51. Wyoming – Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators – $61,740 – 40%

Please visit the Business Insider post to see the national average salary of each of these jobs. Plus, that post features a cool map highlighting all of the above jobs based on location!

If you have one of these jobs, why wouldn’t you want to move to a new location where you get paid significantly more? Is it time to relocate?

Use this information to help you focus your job search on different jobs and on different locations. Take the time to do your research. It will pay off in the long run.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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