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Average Income By State 2021

In the United States, average personal income varies significantly. Many factors affect average personal income levels: job market, the ratio of costs to profits, and the state of the economy.

A state's educationonal attainment levels have a significant impact on average income. Higher educational attainment, such as getting a graduate or professional degree, leads to higher-paying jobs, increasing the average personal income. The states with the highest education attainment are D.C. and Massachusetts, which have the country's two highest average incomes at $88,702 and $81,123. The states with the highest educational attainment levels are Maryland, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire, and New York, which are also among the ten states with the highest average incomes.

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

Average Income by State

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median household income for 2019 was $65,712. Median household income is different from per capita personal income, which was $60,320 at the end of Q3 of 2020. This is $2,801 higher than Q1 of 2020 and $3,728 higher than Q3 2019. Average incomes by state range from $41,776 in Mississippi to $88,702 in the District of Columbia.

States with the Highest Average Incomes

The ten states with the highest average incomes are:

  1. District of Columbia - $88,702
  2. Massachusetts - $81,123
  3. Connecticut - $80,530
  4. New Jersey - $76,727
  5. New York - $76,450
  6. California - $72,430
  7. Washington - $69,204
  8. Maryland - $60,067
  9. Alaska - $66,830
  10. New Hampshire - $66,565

As previously mentioned, several of these states have the highest educational attainment levels in the United States. Coupled with high incomes are high costs of living. D.C., California, and New York are among the top five most expensive states to live in.

States with the Lowest Average Incomes

The ten states with the lowest average incomes are:

  1. Mississippi - $41,776
  2. West Virginia - $44,947
  3. Kentucky - $45,966
  4. New Mexico - $46,325
  5. Alabama - $46,957
  6. Arkansas - $47,274
  7. South Carolina - $47,458
  8. Idaho - $48,591
  9. Oklahoma - $49,078
  10. Arizona - $49,823

In contrast with the highest paying states, these states have lower educational attainment levels, with particularly lower rates of Bachelor degree holders and graduate or professional degree holders. While average incomes are significantly lower in these states, the livable wages are too because of overall lower costs of living. Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Arkansas have the lowest costs of living in the U.S. Unfortunately, the states above also have very high poverty rates, with Mississippi's 19.6% being the highest.

Incomes in the table below are provided by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and are the figures for Q3 of 2020.

Here are the 10 states with the highest average incomes:

  1. New Jersey ($114,691)
  2. Connecticut ($113,031)
  3. Massachusetts ($111,498)
  4. Maryland ($111,417)
  5. California ($106,916)
  6. Hawaii ($103,780)
  7. New York ($101,945)
  8. Virginia ($101,746)
  9. New Hampshire ($99,165)
  10. Washington ($98,983)

Average Income By State 2021

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Average Income By State 2021

State Mean Household Income
New Jersey$114,691
Connecticut$113,031
Massachusetts$111,498
Maryland$111,417
California$106,916
Hawaii$103,780
New York$101,945
Virginia$101,746
New Hampshire$99,165
Washington$98,983
Alaska$98,606
Colorado$96,970
Minnesota$93,925
Illinois$92,395
Utah$91,292
Delaware$90,092
Rhode Island$89,093
Texas$87,260
North Dakota$85,476
Pennsylvania$84,849
Oregon$84,258
Georgia$82,406
Wyoming$81,880
Nevada$81,496
Vermont$81,233
Arizona$80,779
Wisconsin$80,674
Florida$80,286
Nebraska$80,208
Kansas$80,009
Iowa$78,411
Michigan$78,400
Ohio$76,958
North Carolina$76,940
South Dakota$76,240
Maine$76,227
Missouri$76,060
Indiana$75,025
Tennessee$74,750
Montana$74,190
Idaho$73,810
South Carolina$73,520
Oklahoma$72,695
Louisiana$71,001
Kentucky$70,144
Alabama$69,842
New Mexico$69,077
Arkansas$66,557
West Virginia$63,680
Mississippi$62,835

Average Income By State 2021