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You Could Make More Money Just by Moving

Date:
July 19, 2019
Author:
Global Knowledge

Your Guide to 2019 IT Salaries by State

If you’re worn out by daily road rage—how many middle fingers can you see in one day—or irked at the prospect of being taxed to death, maybe it’s time for a change. Future job opportunity, salary, cost of living and quality of life are a balancing act. We can’t tell you what to do, but we can let you know where IT professionals are making the highest average salaries in the U.S.

Whether you’re considering moving from Louisiana to Colorado to be closer to the ski slopes or maybe from Oregon to New Hampshire to be closer to family, we’ve compiled data from 5,944 U.S. respondents in the 2019 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report and calculated the average IT salary in each state. This gives you a sense of national trends if you’re thinking about moving for personal, professional or financial reasons.

But before you pack your bags and hire the movers, you can’t overlook differences in cost of living in each state or region ranging from housing values, state and local taxes and differences in food prices or commute costs among other things. Don’t forget that since we’re looking at averages, your individual results may vary.

Without further ado, here is your list of states (with the District of Columbia thrown in for good measure) and their average IT salaries for 2019:

 

Start Packing: States 1–10

These top 10 states (and yes, D.C., we know it’s a pain point you’re not a state) are the cream of the crop for both IT staff and decision-makers. These states represent the highest-reported average salaries from our pool of U.S. respondents. Aside from California and Washington, there’s a strong East Coast presence in this list, but this is a trend for top money-making states that’s continued over the years.  

 

 2019 Rankings
1 California $134,531
2 Massachusetts $131,773
3 New Jersey $131,640
4 Virginia $129,143
5 District of Columbia $127,302
6 Washington $125,883
7 Connecticut $125,337
8 Maryland $124,952
9 New York $121,569
10 Rhode Island $118,300

 

Still Impressive: States 11-20

The next 10 didn’t make the top money-making states but still consistent with the average salary reported by respondents. Texas, No. 14 on the list, is the first state below the average U.S. IT salary of $113,639.

These states represent a diverse variety in geography spread throughout the country. So if you’re thinking of relocating in the hopes of a higher paycheck, the next state you move to might be closer than you think.

 

 2019 Rankings
11 Arizona $117,814
12 Colorado $116,995
13 Oregon $114,689
14 Texas $112,191
15 Illinois $111,847
16 Georgia $109,403
17 West Virginia $109,279
18 New Hampshire $108,928
19 Minnesota $108,397
20 Delaware $108,316

 

Middle of the Pack: States 21-40

These states didn’t rank the highest in terms of average salary, but they didn’t rank the lowest. If you’re thinking of relocating or staying in one of these states, your earnings could be below average for 2019 and possibly beyond. However, there are always extenuating circumstances to consider. Florida, Alaska and Nevada, for examples, have no personal income tax. 

 

 2019 Rankings
21 Idaho $107,548
22 Pennsylvania $104,599
23 Ohio $103,814
24 Florida $102,347
25 North Carolina $102,042
26 Wisconsin $101,768
27 South Carolina $101,224
28 Missouri $100,695
29 Michigan $100,391
30 Utah $100,050
31 Alaska $99,993
32 Indiana $99,283
33 Nebraska $98,711
34 Nevada $98,239
35 Louisiana $96,583
36 Kentucky $95,914
37 Kansas $95,127
38 Iowa $95,120
39 Hawaii $94,917
40 Alabama $94,810

 

Back of the Pack: States 41-51

Although these states came in with the lowest average salary among respondents in 2019, it’s worth remembering the cost of living is lower in some of these areas. In that case, you’re likely to spend less of your hard-earned dollars on monthly bills, so you’ll have more cash to build savings or spend on something fun or frivolous if the spirit moves you. It’s also worth noting that South Dakota and Wyoming don’t collect income taxes.

 

 2019 Rankings
41 Oklahoma $94,734
42 Arkansas $93,033
43 South Dakota $92,627
44 Tennessee $92,512
45 Mississippi $91,955
46 New Mexico $88,527
47 Vermont $86,775
48 Maine $84,916
49 Montana $84,570
50 North Dakota $80,808
51 Wyoming $66,500

 

Although we can spot trends at this high level, it’s hard to judge what your potential earnings could be based on the state alone until you accept a position. If you’re considering locating to one of these states, find an online forum for professionals in your field and ask about state (or even city) average earnings.

 

Want to learn more?

To see additional data on demographics, job functions and other factors that impact salary, download the complete 12th annual IT Skills and Salary Report.