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What Is the Average Entry Level Salary by State

State Annual Salary Monthly Pay Weekly Pay Hourly Wage
Washington $35,793 $2,983 $688 $17.21
Maryland $35,187 $2,932 $677 $16.92
Nebraska $34,468 $2,872 $663 $16.57
New York $34,285 $2,857 $659 $16.48
Virginia $34,016 $2,835 $654 $16.35
Colorado $33,480 $2,790 $644 $16.10
South Carolina $33,388 $2,782 $642 $16.05
New Hampshire $33,159 $2,763 $638 $15.94
Delaware $32,935 $2,745 $633 $15.83
California $32,086 $2,674 $617 $15.43
Oklahoma $32,035 $2,670 $616 $15.40
Massachusetts $31,954 $2,663 $615 $15.36
Michigan $31,372 $2,614 $603 $15.08
Vermont $31,258 $2,605 $601 $15.03
Hawaii $30,912 $2,576 $594 $14.86
Wyoming $30,682 $2,557 $590 $14.75
Missouri $30,483 $2,540 $586 $14.66
Idaho $30,145 $2,512 $580 $14.49
Connecticut $30,039 $2,503 $578 $14.44
West Virginia $29,797 $2,483 $573 $14.33
Maine $29,779 $2,482 $573 $14.32
Pennsylvania $29,653 $2,471 $570 $14.26
Rhode Island $29,625 $2,469 $570 $14.24
Alaska $29,462 $2,455 $567 $14.16
Nevada $29,231 $2,436 $562 $14.05
North Dakota $29,213 $2,434 $562 $14.04
Texas $29,193 $2,433 $561 $14.04
New Jersey $29,185 $2,432 $561 $14.03
Montana $29,113 $2,426 $560 $14.00
Arizona $28,813 $2,401 $554 $13.85
Indiana $28,628 $2,386 $551 $13.76
Minnesota $28,468 $2,372 $547 $13.69
North Carolina $28,452 $2,371 $547 $13.68
Tennessee $28,435 $2,370 $547 $13.67
South Dakota $28,360 $2,363 $545 $13.63
Wisconsin $28,297 $2,358 $544 $13.60
Ohio $28,229 $2,352 $543 $13.57
Kentucky $28,171 $2,348 $542 $13.54
Oregon $27,917 $2,326 $537 $13.42
Utah $27,873 $2,323 $536 $13.40
Georgia $27,795 $2,316 $535 $13.36
Louisiana $27,608 $2,301 $531 $13.27
Kansas $27,494 $2,291 $529 $13.22
Iowa $27,195 $2,266 $523 $13.07
Alabama $27,145 $2,262 $522 $13.05
New Mexico $26,885 $2,240 $517 $12.93
Florida $26,197 $2,183 $504 $12.59
Arkansas $25,853 $2,154 $497 $12.43
Mississippi $25,756 $2,146 $495 $12.38
Illinois $25,712 $2,143 $494 $12.36

Top 50 Highest Paying States for Entry Level Jobs in the U.S.

We’ve identified nine states where the typical salary for an Entry Level job is above the national average. Topping the list is Washington, with Maryland and Nebraska close behind in second and third. Nebraska beats the national average by 5.8%, and Washington furthers that trend with another $3,200 (9.8%) above the $32,592.

Significantly, Washington has a very active Entry Level job market as there are several companies currently hiring for this type of role.

With these nine states paying on average above the national average, the opportunities for economic advancement by changing locations as an Entry Level appears to be exceedingly fruitful.

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ZipRecruiter salary estimates, histograms, trends and comparisons are derived from both employer job postings and third party data sources.
Data used to develop this report includes ADP data. ADP is an exclusive provider of employee payroll data for ZipRecruiter.
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