The Average American’s Salary in Every US State

When it comes to your income, are you average? You might be surprised to find that you’re earning more — or less — than most people.

The national median household income is $52,482, based on 2014 Census Bureau figures. But you might want to know how your salary stacks up with others where you live. To give you an idea of where you stand, GOBankingRates.com compiled data on the median household incomes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Our study also looked at the median incomes of women and men in each state to see how much of a wage gap there is. Knowing how much people in your state and across the nation are earning can help you gauge how you’re doing financially.

“We conducted this study to give our readers an idea of what people make in every state — helpful information to use when interviewing for jobs or considering a move,” said Kristen Bonner, research lead for GOBankingRates.

See the Slideshow: Here’s How Much the Average American Makes in Every State

StateMedian Household IncomePer Capita Personal IncomeMedian Male EarningsMedian Female Earnings
Alabama$43,511$38,965$44,245$32,136
Alaska$71,829$55,940$57,318$46,288
Arizona$49,928$39,060$43,945$36,916
Arkansas$41,264$39,107$39,916$31,161
California$61,489$52,651$50,539$42,486
Colorado$59,448$50,410$50,898$41,690
Connecticut$69,899$66,972$61,385$50,706
Delaware$60,231$47,662$50,976$41,278
District of Columbia$69,235$71,496$68,932$61,718
Florida$47,212$44,101$40,971$34,768
Georgia$49,342$40,551$44,623$36,468
Hawaii$68,201$47,753$46,786$40,162
Idaho$47,334$37,509$42,624$31,019
Illinois$57,166$49,471$51,652$40,898
Indiana$48,737$40,998$46,273$34,846
Iowa$52,716$44,971$47,202$36,522
Kansas$51,872$45,876$46,951$36,162
Kentucky$43,342$38,989$42,203$33,704
Louisiana$44,991$43,252$48,382$31,586
Maine$48,804$42,077$45,784$36,137
Maryland$74,149$56,127$59,085$50,481
Massachusetts$67,846$61,032$61,611$50,459
Michigan$49,087$42,427$50,157$37,419
Minnesota$60,828$50,541$51,625$42,066
Mississippi$39,464$35,444$40,850$31,465
Missouri$47,764$42,752$45,611$35,311
Montana$46,766$41,280$42,679$31,696
Nebraska$52,400$48,006$44,533$35,101
Nevada$52,205$42,185$42,294$35,993
New Hampshire$65,986$54,817$55,617$42,052
New Jersey$72,062$59,782$60,870$48,943
New Mexico$44,968$38,457$41,561$32,473
New York$58,687$57,705$51,580$44,781
North Carolina$46,693$40,656$41,857$35,481
North Dakota$55,579$54,376$50,624$36,087
Ohio$48,849$43,478$47,737$37,140
Oklahoma$46,235$44,272$43,803$32,186
Oregon$50,521$42,974$47,194$38,801
Pennsylvania$53,115$49,180$50,412$39,905
Rhode Island$56,423$50,080$50,765$41,469
South Carolina$45,033$38,041$41,991$33,719
South Dakota$50,338$45,002$42,034$32,048
Tennessee$44,621$42,069$41,661$34,009
Texas$52,576$46,745$46,235$36,428
Utah$59,846$39,045$50,937$34,351
Vermont$54,447$47,864$46,911$39,322
Virginia$64,792$52,136$52,864$42,445
Washington$60,294$51,146$54,358$41,926
West Virginia$41,576$37,047$45,272$31,712
Wisconsin$52,738$45,617$47,518$37,481
Wyoming$58,252$55,303$51,926$35,652

Where Americans Earn the Least and Most

Our study found that nine of the 10 states with the lowest median household incomes are in the South. Mississippi ranks at the bottom of the nation, with a median household income of just $39,464.

Wages are highest in Maryland, which has a median household income of $74,149. The District of Columbia and four other East Coast states — New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachusetts and New Jersey — also are among the top 10 states with the highest incomes.

The Wage Gap Between Women and Men

The District of Columbia also boasts the highest median income for women. Yet, there’s still a $7,214 wage gap between women and men. In fact, there’s not a single state where the median income of women is higher — or even on par — with the median income of men.

The state where women earn the least? Idaho. The median income of women there is just $31,019 — $22,463 less than the national median household income. And the difference in income between men and women is most pronounced in Louisiana, where the wage gap is $16,796.

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Methodology: GOBankingRates used 2014 U.S. Census Bureau figures for median household income. The per capita income is total income in a state divided by the number of working adults and is based on state population figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis and 2014 income figures from Census Bureau. The median incomes of women and men in each state are based on data from the American Association of University Women.