In the United States, geography and average personal income go hand in hand. If you live in the United States of America, the particular state in which you reside plays a key role in your annual income. This is mostly due to the fact that the minimum wage differs across the nation, and jobs that pay their employees a set salary every month also offer different levels of pay on a state-by-state basis.

The cost of living and the various industries that thrive in a state impact how much money employees are offered, too. Minimum wage and salaried positions are not determined by the federal government, so the local state governments have full control over these rates, among others.

MONEY magazine categorized the fifty states into three groups based on how much money the average person is likely to receive from their job each year. The individual states that make up the United States of America were divided up based on whether they are considered a highest, average, or lowest paying place to live.

The highest paying states are…

The states where people make a decent annual salary are…

The lowest paying states are…

Categorizing the United States into Average Income in the Year 2017

Approximately $75,000 US dollars

  • Alaska $76,114
  • Maryland $78,916
  • New Jersey $76,475

Approximately $70,000 US dollars

  • Connecticut $73,781
  • Hawaii $74,923
  • Massachusetts $74,167
  • New Hampshire $71,305

Approximately $65,000 US dollars

  • California $67,169
  • Colorado $65,458
  • Minnesota $65,699
  • Utah $65,325
  • Virginia $68,766
  • Washington $66,174

Approximately $60,000 US dollars

  • Delaware $63,036
  • Illinois $61,229
  • New York $62,765
  • North Dakota $61,285
  • Rhode Island $61,043
  • Wyoming $60,938

Approximately $55,000 US dollars

  • Iowa $56,570
  • Kansas $55,477
  • Nebraska $56,675
  • Nevada $55,434
  • Oregon $56,119
  • Pennsylvania $56,951
  • Texas $57,051
  • Vermont $57,808
  • Wisconsin $56,759

Approximately $50,000 US dollars

  • Arizona $53,510
  • Florida $50,883
  • Georgia $52,977
  • Idaho $50,985
  • Indiana $52,182
  • Maine $53,024
  • Michigan $52,668
  • Missouri $51,542
  • Montana $50,801
  • North Carolina $50,320
  • Ohio $52,407
  • South Dakota $54,126

Approximately $45,000 US dollars

  • Alabama $46,472
  • Kentucky $46,535
  • Louisiana $46,710
  • New Mexico $46,718
  • Oklahoma $49,767
  • South Carolina $48,781
  • Tennessee $48,708

Approximately $40,000 US dollars

  • Arkansas $43,813
  • Mississippi $42,009
  • West Virginia $44,061

Average 2017 Income by State in Alphabetical Order

  • Alabama $46,472
  • Alaska $76,114
  • Arizona $53,510
  • Arkansas $43,813
  • California $67,169
  • Colorado $65,458
  • Connecticut $73,781
  • Delaware $63,036
  • Florida $50,883
  • Georgia $52,977
  • Hawaii $74,923
  • Idaho $50,985
  • Illinois $61,229
  • Indiana $52,182
  • Iowa $56,570
  • Kansas $55,477
  • Kentucky $46,535
  • Louisiana $46,710
  • Maine $53,024
  • Maryland $78,916
  • Massachusetts $74,167
  • Michigan $52,668
  • Minnesota $65,699
  • Mississippi $42,009
  • Missouri $51,542
  • Montana $50,801
  • Nebraska $56,675
  • Nevada $55,434
  • New Jersey $76,475
  • New Hampshire $71,305
  • New Mexico $46,718
  • New York $62,765
  • North Carolina $50,320
  • North Dakota $61,285
  • Ohio $52,407
  • Oklahoma $49,767
  • Oregon $56,119
  • Pennsylvania $56,951
  • Rhode Island $61,043
  • South Carolina $48,781
  • South Dakota $54,126
  • Tennessee $48,708
  • Texas $57,051
  • Utah $65,325
  • Vermont $57,808
  • Virginia $68,766
  • Washington $66,174
  • West Virginia $44,061
  • Wisconsin $56,759
  • Wyoming $60,938

Fifty United States in Order of Average Income in 2017

  • Alabama $46,472
  • Alaska $76,114
  • Arizona $53,510
  • Arkansas $43,813
  • California $67,169
  • Colorado $65,458
  • Connecticut $73,781
  • Delaware $63,036
  • Florida $50,883
  • Georgia $52,977
  • Hawaii $74,923
  • Idaho $50,985
  • Illinois $61,229
  • Indiana $52,182
  • Iowa $56,570
  • Kansas $55,477
  • Kentucky $46,535
  • Louisiana $46,710
  • Maine $53,024
  • Maryland $78,916
  • Massachusetts $74,167
  • Michigan $52,668
  • Minnesota $65,699
  • Mississippi $42,009
  • Missouri $51,542
  • Montana $50,801
  • Nebraska $56,675
  • Nevada $55,434
  • New Jersey $76,475
  • New Hampshire $71,305
  • New Mexico $46,718
  • New York $62,765
  • North Carolina $50,320
  • North Dakota $61,285
  • Ohio $52,407
  • Oklahoma $49,767
  • Oregon $56,119
  • Pennsylvania $56,951
  • Rhode Island $61,043
  • South Carolina $48,781
  • South Dakota $54,126
  • Tennessee $48,708
  • Texas $57,051
  • Utah $65,325
  • Vermont $57,808
  • Virginia $68,766
  • Washington $66,174
  • West Virginia $44,061
  • Wisconsin $56,759
  • Wyoming $60,938

In 2018, the personal income of people in New England added up to approximately $989,116 million in total. The Great Lakes Region of America accounted for about $2,283,656 million, and the Plains Region of the nation came to a total of $1,047,115 million.

In 2018, the personal income rates of the remaining regions of the country were...

  • Mideastern Region $3,016,365 million
  • Southeast Region $3,783,717
  • Southwest Region $1,992,276 million
  • Rocky Mountain Region $593,926 million
  • West Coast Region $3,248,359 million

The percent of change between the average personal income rates in 2017 and the average income rates in 2018 are…

  • New England 3.9%
  • Great Lakes Region 3.9%
  • Plains Region 3.9%
  • Mideastern Region 4.1%
  • Southeast Region 4.5%
  • Southwest Region 5.1%
  • Rocky Mountain Region 5.7%
  • West Coast Region 5.0%

These values indicate that the average income of every state increased by at least 3.9% between 2017 and 2018. There is a difference of just under 2% between the region that experienced the greatest increase in average income and the region with the lowest percent of change.

Rank State 2019 Population Mean Household Income
1District of Columbia672,391$116,090
2Connecticut3,594,478$105,998
3New Jersey8,960,161$105,917
4Maryland5,996,079$103,845
5Massachusetts6,789,319$101,858
6California38,982,847$96,104
7Hawaii1,421,658$95,569
8Alaska738,565$94,469
9Virginia8,365,952$94,229
10New York19,798,228$93,443
11New Hampshire1,331,848$91,605
12Washington7,169,967$88,563
13Colorado5,436,519$88,388
14Minnesota5,490,726$86,796
15Illinois12,854,526$85,262
16Delaware943,732$84,146
17Utah2,993,941$83,147
18Rhode Island1,056,138$82,407
19North Dakota745,475$81,334
20Texas27,419,612$80,879
21Pennsylvania12,790,505$78,192
22Wyoming583,200$76,731
23Oregon4,025,127$75,851
24Vermont624,636$75,621
25Georgia10,201,635$74,763
26Kansas2,903,820$74,633
27Wisconsin5,763,217$74,372
28Nebraska1,893,921$74,309
29Nevada2,887,725$73,862
30Arizona6,809,946$73,735
31Iowa3,118,102$73,510
32Florida20,278,447$72,993
33Michigan9,925,568$72,091
34Ohio11,609,756$71,119
35South Dakota855,444$71,085
36North Carolina10,052,564$70,523
37Maine1,330,158$70,210
38Missouri6,075,300$70,144
39Indiana6,614,418$69,197
40Montana1,029,862$68,622
41Tennessee6,597,381$68,386
42Oklahoma3,896,251$67,682
43Idaho1,657,375$67,338
44Louisiana4,663,461$66,861
45South Carolina4,893,444$66,759
46New Mexico2,084,828$64,625
47Alabama4,850,771$64,476
48Kentucky4,424,376$64,436
49Arkansas2,977,944$61,330
50West Virginia1,836,843$59,634
51Mississippi2,986,220$58,371