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2019 IT Salaries by States
You might be tired of daily road rage (how many middle fingers can one person see in a single day) or annoyed at the prospect that you will be taxed to death. The balance between future job opportunities, salary, quality of life, and cost of living is a difficult task.
We’ve compiled data on 5,944 respondents from the United States in the 2019 Global Knowledge IT Skills and Salary Report and calculated an average IT salary for each state. If you are considering moving for financial, professional, or personal reasons, this will give you an idea of the national trends.
Before you pack your bags and hire movers, remember that there are differences in the cost of living in each region. This includes differences in housing values, taxes, food prices, commute costs, and other factors. Remember that these are averages and your individual results could vary. Salary can also be affected by your experience, where you are in your career, and how many certifications you have.
Here’s a list of states, with the District of Columbia added for good measure, and their average IT salaries in 2019.

Start packing: States 1-10
These top 10 states (and D.C., because we know it’s a problem you’re not a country) are the best for IT staff and decision-makers. These states have the highest average salaries reported by our U.S. respondents. This list includes Washington and California, but there is a strong East Coast presence. However, this is a trend that has continued over the years for top money-making states.

2019 Rankings1California$134,5312Massachusetts$131,7733New Jersey$131,6404Virginia$129,1435District of Columbia$127,3026Washington$125,8837Connecticut$125,3378Maryland$124,9529New York$121,56910Rhode Island$118,300
Still Impressive: States 11-20
The 10 next states were not the most lucrative, but they were still comparable to the average salary reported by respondents. Texas, No. The 14th state on the list is the lowest below the U.S. average IT salary. IT salaries of $113,639.
These states are representative of a wide range of geography across the country. If you are thinking about moving to a new state in search of a better salary, it might be closer than what you think.

2019 Rankings11Arizona$117,81412Colorado$116,99513Oregon$114,68914Texas$112,19115Illinois$111,84716Georgia$109,40317West Virginia$109,27918New Hampshire$108,92819Minnesota$108,39720Delaware$108,316
States 21-40 are in the middle of the pack
These states weren’t ranked the highest in terms average salary, but they were not the lowest. These states could have lower earnings than the average for 2019, and possibly beyond, if you are thinking about moving to or staying in these states. There are always exceptions to the rule. For example, Florida, Alaska, and Nevada do not have a personal income tax.

2019 Rankings21Idaho$107,54822Pennsylvania$104,59923Ohio$103,81424Florida$102,34725North Carolina$102,04226Wisconsin$101,76827South Carolina$101,22428Missouri$100,69529Michigan$100,39130Utah$100,05031Alaska$99,99332Indiana$99,28333Nebraska$98,71134Nevada$98,23935Louisiana$96,58336Kentucky$95,91437Kansas$95,12738Iowa$95,12039Hawaii$94,91740Alabama$94,810
Back of the Pack: States 41 – 51
These states had the lowest average salaries among respondents in 2019, but it’s worth noting that the cost of living in these areas is lower. This means that you will likely spend less on your monthly bills. You’ll also have more money to save or spend on things you enjoy. It is also worth noting that South Dakota, Wyoming and Wyoming do not collect income taxes.

2019 Rankings41Oklahoma$94,73442Arkansas$93,03343South Dakota$92,62744Tennessee$92,51245Mississippi$91