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How Do You Stack Up To the Average Income in Your State?

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Understanding what the average income is in your state can help you get a sense of where your own salary falls. Averages are typically measured in two ways: mean and median. Mean or “average” income takes the total amount of earnings across a sample and divides it by the number of participants. Median income, on the other hand, is the midway point of a sample, with half the people sampled earning above the median and half earning less.

The difference can be significant. High earners can skew the average income much higher than the median income. To use a simple example, if two earners make $20,000, one makes $40,000 and two make $120,000, the median income is $40,000. However, the average is $64,000. Thus, depending on how you measure “average” income, the figures can be highly variable. This differential can be seen in terms of the U.S. as a whole, where the average family household income is $88,607 but the median is just $62,843.

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Regional differences can also play a huge role in average income. States with higher costs typically also have higher average wages. However, some states have higher wages overall regardless of typical expenses. For example, California is regarded as a high-cost state, and average salaries top $111,000. However, Minnesota is not generally considered an expensive place to live, yet average salaries top $96,000 in the state, above the national average income of $91,547.

To help get the black-and-white figures for worker income in every U.S. state, GOBankingRates conducted a study using five-year estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2020 American Community Survey. Both mean and median state income figures were tallied. Results are presented in alphabetical order, from Alabama to Wyoming.

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Alabama

  • Average household income: $71,964
  • Median household income: $52,035
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Alaska

  • Average household income: $98,811
  • Median household income: $77,790
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Arizona

  • Average household income:$84,380
  • Median household income: $61,529
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Arkansas

  • Average household income: $69,357
  • Median household income: $49,475

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California

  • Average household income: $111,622
  • Median household income: $78,672
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Colorado

  • Average household income: $100,933
  • Median household income: $75,231
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Connecticut

  • Average household income: $115,337
  • Median household income: $79,855
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Delaware

  • Average household income: $92,308
  • Median household income: $69,110
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Florida

  • Average household income: $83,104
  • Median household income: $57,703
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Georgia

  • Average household income: $85,691
  • Median household income: $61,224
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Hawaii

  • Average household income: $107,348
  • Median household income: $83,173
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Idaho

  • Average household income: $77,399
  • Median household income: $58,915
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Illinois

  • Average household income: $95,115
  • Median household income: $68,428
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Indiana

  • Average household income: $76,984
  • Median household income: $58,235
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Iowa

  • Average household income: $80,316
  • Median household income: $61,836

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Kansas

  • Average household income: $82,103
  • Median household income: $61,091
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Kentucky

  • Average household income: $72,318
  • Median household income: $52,238
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Louisiana

  • Average household income: $73,759
  • Median household income: $50,800
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Maine

  • Average household income: $78,301
  • Median household income: $59,489
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Maryland

  • Average household income: $114,236
  • Median household income: $87,063
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Massachusetts

  • Average household income: $115,964
  • Median household income: $84,385
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Michigan

  • Average household income: $80,803
  • Median household income: $59,234
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Minnesota

  • Average household income: $96,814
  • Median household income: $73,382
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Mississippi

  • Average household income: $65,156
  • Median household income: $46,511
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Missouri

  • Average household income: $78,194
  • Median household income: $57,290
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Montana

  • Average household income: $76,834
  • Median household income: $56,539
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Nebraska

  • Average household income: $82,306
  • Median household income: $63,015
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Nevada

  • Average household income: $84,350
  • Median household income: $62,043
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New Hampshire

  • Average household income: $101,292
  • Median household income: $77,923
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New Jersey

  • Average household income: $117,868
  • Median household income: $85,245
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New Mexico

  • Average household income: $70,241
  • Median household income: $51,243

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New York

  • Average household income: $105,304
  • Median household income: $71,117
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North Carolina

  • Average household income: $79,620
  • Median household income: $56,642
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North Dakota

  • Average household income: $85,506
  • Median household income: $65,315
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Ohio

  • Average household income: $78,797
  • Median household income: $58,116
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Oklahoma

  • Average household income: $74,195
  • Median household income: $53,840
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Oregon

  • Average household income: $88,137
  • Median household income: $65,667
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Pennsylvania

  • Average household income: $87,262
  • Median household income: $63,627
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Rhode Island

  • Average household income: $92,427
  • Median household income: $70,305
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South Carolina

  • Average household income: $76,390
  • Median household income: $54,864
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South Dakota

  • Average household income: $77,932
  • Median household income: $59,896
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Tennessee

  • Average household income: $76,937
  • Median household income: $54,833
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Texas

  • Average household income: $89,506
  • Median household income: $63,826
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Utah

  • Average household income: $94,452
  • Median household income: $74,197
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Vermont

  • Average household income: $83,767
  • Median household income: $63,477
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Virginia

  • Average household income: $106,023
  • Median household income: $76,398
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Washington

  • Average household income: $103,669
  • Median household income: $77,006

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West Virginia

  • Average household income: $65,332
  • Median household income: $48,037
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Wisconsin

  • Average household income: $82,757
  • Median household income: $63,293
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Wyoming

  • Average household income: $83,583
  • Median household income: $65,304

Jordan Rosenfeld and John Csiszar contributed to the reporting for this article.

Methodology: In order to determine each state’s average income (i.e., mean income), GOBankingRates used the five-year estimates from the 2020 American Community Survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. The same information was used to find each state’s median household income. All data were collected and are up to date as of June 22, 2022.