The average salary in every single state


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The average salary in the U.S. is $60,575, according to the latest data from the Social Security Administration. How your salary compares will depend on your industry and skilI set, as you’d expect. What you might not realize is that your salary is also greatly influenced by where you live, since salaries go hand in hand with the cost of living.

Let’s take a closer look at the average salary in the U.S. and how income varies from state to state.

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What Is the Average US Salary (2022)

The national average salary is $60,575. That is the sum of all incomes divided by the number of workers. Where someone lives, their industry, education level, and current demand for that job all contribute to how much a worker earns per year.

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Average Salary vs Median Salary: What’s the Difference?

The Bureau of Labor Statistics provides data on median pay. As of Q4 2022, the median weekly earnings of full-time workers was $1,085, or $56,420 per year. The median is the midpoint in the data set, with 50% of incomes falling above that figure, and 50% below.

Why are the average and median income figures different? With averages, unusually high or low numbers can skew the results. For instance, billionaires might drive the average higher than what the typical worker actually makes. The median is less affected by outliers.

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Average: $44,930

Median: $52,138

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Average: $59,290

Median: $67,010

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Average: $50,930

Median: $58,462

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Average: $42,690

Median: $48,882

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Average: $61,290

Median: $65,895

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Average: $57,690

Median: $70,952

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Average: $62,350

Median: $72,497

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Average: $54,370

Median: $65,072

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District of Columbia

Average: $89,900

Median: $74,266

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Average: $47,750

Median: $55,681

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Average: $49,620

Median: $55,600

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Average: $54,930

Median: $54,942

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Average: $44,890

Median: $61,456

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Average: $55,130

Median: $54,155

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Average: $47,330

Median: $55,069

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Average: $46,520

Median: $51,978

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Average: $44,020

Median: $49,719

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Average: $44,170

Median: $57,955

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Average: $48,470

Median: $75,214

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Average: $60,230

Median: $75,077

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Average: $65,680

Median: $56,343

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Average: $50,780

Median: $65,514

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Average: $55,890

Median: $47,446

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Average: $40,090

Median: $53,547

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Average: $47,820

Median: $57,448

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Average: $45, 370

Median: $53,892

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Average: $48,250

Median: $56,949

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Average: $47,210

Median: $75,432

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New Hampshire

Average: $53,950

Median: $75,321

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New Jersey

Average: $59,980

Median: $49,757

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New Mexico

Average: $47,040

Median: $63,548

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New York

Average: $63,970

Median: $53,687

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North Carolina

Average: $48,550

Median: $58,318

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North Dakota

Average: $50,430

Median: $54,877

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Average: $49,430

Median: $51,435

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Average: $45,620

Median: $64,975

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Average: $53,890

Median: $60,640

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Average: $51,340

Median: $67,541

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Rhode Island

Average: $57,220

Median: $54,821

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South Carolina

Average: $44,380

Median: $53,188

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South Dakota

Average: $49,920

Median: $55,441

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Average: $45,650

Median: $70,425

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Average: $50,490

Median: $74,266

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Average: $49,420

Median: $67,918

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Average: $51,120

Median: $74,398

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Average: $56,740

Median: $57,934

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Average: $62,020

Median: $60,510

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West Virginia

Average: $43,420

Median: $53,244

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Average: $48,850

Median: $57,934

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Average: $49,760

Median: $60,510

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Why Do States Have Different Average Salaries?

The chart shows that the average salary in some states is quite different from the average salary nationwide. That’s partly because the cost of living, which affects how much a company pays its employees, varies significantly by state. (Also, inflation impacts states to varying degrees.)

In addition, industries with a concentrated presence in certain states — such as banking or automobile manufacturing — can affect the overall quality of job opportunities in that area.

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Which Regions Pay the Most?

Salaries tend to be higher in some areas of the country. Cities on the West Coast and in the Northeast have some of the highest average salaries:

  • Massachusettes
  • New York
  • Washington
  • California
  • New Jersey
  • Connecticut
  • Maryland

Remember, while these states have higher incomes, they may also have a much higher cost of living and higher housing prices.

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Which Regions Pay the Least?

The South is home to states that tend to pay the least:

  • South Carolina
  • Kentucky
  • South Dakota
  • Arkansas
  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi

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Should You Move to Make More Money?

When deciding where to live, it’s important to remember that just because a state has a higher average salary, doesn’t mean it’s more profitable for workers to live there. Higher salaries tend to correlate with a higher cost of living.

Before making a major move, first try living below your means. One reason that people who make more money still have trouble paying their bills is the phenomenon of lifestyle creep. This is when your so-called needs expand to consume your current salary.

One of the most effective ways to counteract lifestyle creep is to downsize your home. Reducing your housing expenses to less than 30% of your gross income can help you pay down debt, increase savings, and become more conscious of how lifestyle choices affect spending.

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The Takeaway

The average annual average salary in the U.S. is $60,575. The median annual salary, which is often less skewed by outlying numbers, is $56,420. It’s worth noting that average and median salaries vary quite a bit by state. States in the Northeast and on the West Coast tend to pay higher salaries, while those in the South pay less. What’s stopping people from moving to a higher paying state? Often, it’s housing prices, which rise along with the cost of living in “richer” states.

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