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How Salary Survey Midpoints Can Be Misleading, and What You Can Do About It

By BalancedComp

How Salary Survey Midpoints Can Be Misleading, and What You Can Do About It

The midpoints in surveys reflect the national averages and medians for each position. To customize the survey data for your local market, you have to multiply the local variances – listed below and technically called geographic wage differentials if you want to impress your boss – by the national salary midpoint for a specific non exempt, exempt or executive position to determine the correct midpoint in your market. The maximum of the range is typically 120% of the midpoint. The minimum of the range is typically 80% of the midpoint.

2014 Local Variances for 125 U.S. Cities

AlabamaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Birmingham92.092.0100.0
Montgomery89.093.099.0
Mobile89.089.097.0
AlaskaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Anchorage116.5113.0105.5
Fairbanks119.4112.5104.5
ArizonaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Phoenix98.098.0102.0
Tuscon99.097.099.5
Chandler99.099.099.5
ArkansasNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Little Rock89.090.095.0
Fort Smith85.085.094.0
Fayetteville88.090.096.0
CaliforniaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Los Angeles108.0113.0114.0
San Diego106.0109.0109.5
San Francisco124.5125.0125.0
ColoradoNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Denver105.0105.0105.0
Colorado Springs98.098.5101.5
ConnecticutNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Bridgeport115.0118.0118.0
Hartford100.0106.0106.0
DelawareNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Wilmington105.0107.0108.5
Dover97.599.0101.5
FloridaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Jacksonville98.098.0104.0
Miami96.099.0105.0
Orlando94.094.5102.0
GeorgiaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Atlanta97.0100.0104.0
Augusta90.093.598.5
HawaiiNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Honolulu109.0109.0104.0
Pearl City107.5107.5103.0
IdahoNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Boise94.094.097.0
Nampa93.093.094.5
IllinoisNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Chicago107.5110.5110.5
Rockford101.0101.0101.3
IndianaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Indianapolis98.098.098.5
Fort Wayne94.094.096.0
IowaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Des Moines97.097.097.0
Cedar Rapids95.095.098.5
KansasNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Wichita93.094.096.0
Overland Park98.098.099.0
Topeaka91.591.594.0
KentuckyNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Louisville90.090.097.0
Lexington92.592.594.5
LouisianaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
New Orleans100.5101.5102.0
Baton Rouge90.093.096.0
Shreveport88.591.095.5
MaineNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Portland98.595.097.5
Lewiston93.091.095.0
MarylandNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Baltimore103.5103.5104.5
Frederick107.0111.0109.5
MassachusettsNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Boston117.0117.5114.5
Worcester109.0106.5104.5
Springfield104.5102.0102.0
MichiganNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Detroit106.5107.0104.5
Grand Rapids100.5100.599.5
MinnesotaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Minneapolis107.5106.5106.5
St. Paul107.0107.0107.0
Rochester101.5102.0103.5
MississippiNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Jackson88.088.592.5
Gulfport86.388.293.0
Southaven94.597.5103.0
MissouriNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Kansas City99.3100.0101.5
St. Louis100.5100.5100.0
Springfield88.588.595.0
MontanaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Billings90.093.093.0
Missoula89.088.091.0
NebraskaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Omaha95.095.097.5
Lincoln90.591.095.0
Bellevue94.094.096.5
NevadaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Las Vegas100.0100.0107.5
Henderson106.0106.0106.0
Reno103.0104.5104.5
New HampshireNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Manchester102.0102.0102.0
Nashua110.5111.5110.5
New JerseyNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Newark112.0115.5116.0
Jersey City113.0119.5119.5
Paterson114.0119.0119.0
New MexicoNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Albuquerque95.096.0100.0
Las Cruces85.088.095.5
New YorkNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
New York City116.0122.0122.0
Buffalo99.099.0101.0
Rochester99.0100.5105.0
North CarolinaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Charlotte96.599.0106.0
Raleigh99.099.0105.0
Greensboro93.595.5101.0
North DakotaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Fargo94.094.094.0
Bismarck94.094.094.0
OhioNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Columbus100.0100.0101.0
Cleveland100.0100.5101.0
Cincinnati99.099.0101.0
OklahomaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Oklahoma City89.089.092.5
Tulsa92.595.598.5
Norman89.089.093.0
OregonNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Portland106.5104.5102.5
Eugene102.098.0100.0
Salem100.597.097.0
PennsylvaniaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Philadelphia107.5107.5107.5
Pittsburgh97.597.599.0
Allentown99.5100.0101.0
Rhode IslandNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Providence104.0104.5104.5
Warwick105.5105.5105.5
South CarolinaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Columbia91.592.595.0
Charleston93.093.595.5
South DakotaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Sioux Falls89.089.098.0
Rapid City86.086.596.0
TennesseeNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Memphis94.095.099.0
Nashville94.594.595.0
Knoxville90.591.597.0
TexasNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Houston97.0105.0110.0
San Antonio93.093.0101.0
Dallas97.0102.0108.5
UtahNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Salt Lake City95.595.598.5
West Valley City96.096.098.5
VermontNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Burlington100.098.0102.0
Essex99.097.5101.5
VirginiaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Virginia Beach93.596.5100.0
Norfolk94.097.0100.5
Chesapeake93.095.599.5
WashingtonNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Seattle114.5112.5112.5
Spokane100.0100.0103.5
Tacoma110.0108.0106.0
West VirginiaNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Charleston88.589.594.5
Huntington85.087.594.0
WisconsinNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Milwaukee102.5102.5104.0
Madison100.598.598.5
WyomingNon-ExemptExemptExecutive
Cheyenne91.091.092.0
Casper89.589.593.5

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