What is the average salary in Arizona?

2 mins readLast updated November 28, 2023by Kate Morgan

This article will take you through the main things you need to know about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Arizona.


  • The state of Arizona boasts a diverse landscape, from deserts to canyons to forests, and its economy is equally varied.

  • There is no one definitive ‘good’ salary in Arizona. Depending on your lifestyle, location, and profession, your earnings potential can vary greatly.

  • According to a 2021 report by CNBC, Arizona is one of the most affordable states in the country.

  • Speak to a financial advisor about getting and staying on top of your finances.

What is a good salary in Arizona? 

The median household income in Arizona is $65,599, and higher salaries may be required to live comfortably in certain areas of the state, particularly in major cities like Phoenix and Tucson.

It's important to consider individual circumstances and needs when determining what constitutes a 'good' salary in Arizona.  

What is the average salary in Arizona by age? 

Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Arizona are also dependent on age, since more senior workers will be paid more. Then, when they retire, their income will dip again as they will rely on pensions and other forms of set income.  

The Census Bureau data finds that householders under 25 have a median household income of $41,571; householders aged 24 to 44 years old have a median income of $68,566; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $73,234; and those 65 and older have a median income of $46,856.  

What is the average salary in Arizona by hour? 

If Americans work an average of 1,801 hours per year — at 37.5 hours a week — then the average hourly salary in Arizona is $24.84.  

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What is the average salary by city in Arizona?

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Arizona’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; cities like Queen Creek and Gilbert command more than $80,000, while Tucson’s average sits below $40,000.  

Average earnings by city—or any other geographical metric—is just one way of calculating wealth, and certainly shouldn’t be the only way you look at your own earning potential in a given place. It doesn’t take into account the type of jobs that people do to earn above or below this average bracket, and omits any consideration for the number of people living in a household. However, it’s certainly one way of establishing which place offers good earning opportunities.  

The US Census Bureau’s latest American Community Survey has calculated the average earnings for the 20 largest cities in Arizona, which you can find ranked below.   

CityAverage earnings
Queen Creek $83,809
Gilbert $81,485
Scottsdale $72,455
Chandler $72,072
Goodyear $70,293
Maricopa $65,214
Peoria $63,025
San Tan Valley $59,874
Surprise $59,094
Buckeye $58,703
Avondale $57,170
Casas Adobes $56,164
Mesa $48,259
Tempe $48,183
Flagstaff $48,120
Phoenix $46,881
Glendale $46,855
Yuma $44,166
Lake Havasu City $42,718
Tucson $37,149

You can also check out the cost of living in Arizona here.

What is the average salary by country in Arizona?

Reviewing average salaries in Arizona by city is not necessarily an adequate metric for average salaries across the state, since it’s entirely urban focused. A good idea is to weigh these figures up against the average salary in Arizona by county, as this will take areas outside the main cities into account and offer a broader idea of salary ranges.  

The same survey from the US Census Bureau gives further insight this way, with the average household income calculated for the largest counties.    

County Average household income
Maricopa County $61,606
Greenlee County $60,962
Coconino County $57,616
Pinal County $55,550
Graham County $51,352
Pima County $51,037
Yavapai County $50,180
Cochise County $48,649
Yuma County $44,058
Mohave County $43,266
Gila County $42,092
Santa Cruz County $40,467
Navajo County $40,054
La Paz County $33,333
Apache County $32,963

What are the highest paying jobs in Arizona?

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Arizona: your job type. Average salaries for various sectors and job roles can vary massively across the state, so it’s absolutely something to consider when looking at salaries by location.  

Zippia has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by job title. You can also find the top 10 highest-paying titles in Arizona below.  

Occupation Average Salary
Chief Medical Officer $208,587
Primary Care Pediatrician $198,997
Finance Services Director $191,456
Vice President, Products & Marketing $186,826
Pain Management Physician $186,115
Vice President, Product Management $185,379
Vice President, Corporate Development $183,596
Vice President, Information Systems $179,327
Vice President, Field Operations $178,204
Acute Care Physician $178,124

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Kate Morgan

Kate has written for leading publications and blue chip companies over the last 20 years.