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Gas Taxes By State 2021

All states have taxes. Some states have significantly higher taxes than other states. Types of taxes include:

A gas tax, or fuel tax, is an excise tax imposed on the sale of fuel. Gas tax is different for gasoline, diesel, aviation fuel, and jet fuel. In the United States, the federal motor fuel tax rates are:

  • Gasoline tax: $0.184/gallon
  • Diesel tax: $0.244/gallon
  • Aviation fuel tax: $0.194/gallon
  • Jet fuel tax: $0.219/gallon

This article focuses on gasoline and diesel taxes.

Gas Taxes by State

The average gas tax by the state is 29.15 cents per gallon. Twenty-three states have gas taxes higher than that average, and 27 states have gas taxes lower than that average. This means that the gas tax is relatively well distributed throughout the U.S.—it skewed only slightly toward states with lower taxes.

The Gas Tax by state ranges from $0.0895 in Alaska to $0.586 in Pennsylvania.

The five states with the highest gas taxes are:

  1. Pennsylvania - $0.586
  2. California - $0.533
  3. Washington - $0.519952
  4. New Jersey - $0.414
  5. New York - $0.4045

The average gas tax by state is $0.2885 per gallon. Twenty-three states have gas taxes higher than average, and 27 states and D.C. have gas taxes lower than average. This means that the gas tax is relatively well distributed throughout the U.S. and it is only slightly skewed toward states with lower taxes.

The five states with the lowest gas taxes are:

  1. Alaska - $0.0895
  2. Hawaii - $0.16
  3. Virginia - $162
  4. Missouri - $0.1742
  5. Mississippi - $0.184

Diesel Tax by State

Alaska also has the lowest diesel tax at $0.0895, and Pennsylvania also has the highest diesel tax at $0.741.

The five states with the highest diesel tax are:

  1. Pennsylvania - $0.741
  2. California - $0.68
  3. Washington - $0.519952
  4. Indiana - $0.49
  5. New Jersey - $0.485

The average diesel tax by state is $0.3119, higher than the average gas tax. Twenty-two states have diesel taxes higher than the average, and 28 states and D.C. have diesel taxes lower than the average.

Here are the 10 states with the highest gas taxes:

  1. Pennsylvania (0.586 cents)
  2. California (0.533 cents)
  3. Washington (0.519952 cents)
  4. New Jersey (0.414 cents)
  5. New York (0.4045 cents)
  6. Illinois (0.391 cents)
  7. Ohio (0.385 cents)
  8. Maryland (0.368905 cents)
  9. North Carolina (0.3635 cents)
  10. Oregon (0.36 cents)

Gas Taxes By State 2021

State Gasoline State Tax (US cents per gallon) Diesel State Tax (US cents per gallon)
Alaska0.08950.0895
Hawaii0.160.16
Virginia0.1620.202
Missouri0.17420.1742
Mississippi0.1840.184
New Mexico0.188750.22875
Arizona0.190.27
Oklahoma0.20.2
Texas0.20.2
Louisiana0.201250.20125
South Carolina0.22750.2275
Delaware0.230.22
North Dakota0.230250.23025
Colorado0.23250.20625
Nevada0.238050.2775
New Hampshire0.238250.23825
Alabama0.240.2575
Massachusetts0.240.24
Wyoming0.240.24
Kansas0.24030.2603
Arkansas0.2480.288
Connecticut0.250.465
Kentucky0.260.23
Michigan0.2630.263
Tennessee0.2740.284
Georgia0.2790.313
Minnesota0.2860.286
Indiana0.30.49
South Dakota0.30.3
Iowa0.3050.325
Nebraska0.3060.296
Vermont0.30730.32
Maine0.314040.3187
Utah0.31750.3175
Montana0.32750.302
Wisconsin0.3290.329
Idaho0.330.33
Florida0.343960.35271
Rhode Island0.35120.3512
West Virginia0.3570.357
Oregon0.360.36
North Carolina0.36350.3635
Maryland0.3689050.376405
Ohio0.3850.47
Illinois0.3910.466
New York0.40450.3865
New Jersey0.4140.485
Washington0.5199520.519952
California0.5330.68
Pennsylvania0.5860.741

Gas Taxes By State 2021