Average salary in Idaho

1 min readLast updated October 5, 2023by Charlie Barton

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Idaho

Idaho, also known as the "Gem State," is located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States. With a lower cost of living than many other states and a high concentration of jobs in the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry, Idaho can offer an attractive financial landscape.  

It's important to note that while the cost of living in Idaho may be lower than some other states, it can still vary greatly within the state. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries? 

Average salary in Idaho by city 

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Idaho’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; cities like Eagle and Meridian head well towards six figures, while Rexburg’s average sits below $45,000.  

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 Idaho, which you can find ranked below.

CityAverage household income
Eagle $92,807
Meridian $71,389
Kuna $68,017
Ammon $67,545
Boise City $60,035
Chubbuck $59,459
Hayden $56,930
Lewiston $56,479
Jerome $54,535
Post Falls $54,021
Idaho Falls $53,148
Pocatello $51,293
Coeur d’Alene $51,073
Twin Falls $50,739
Mountain Home $49,404
Moscow $49,251
Caldwell $49,046
Nampa $48,846
Blackfoot $48,750
Rexburg $44,034

Average salary in Idaho by county 

Reviewing average salaries in Idaho 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 Idaho 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 each county.

Ada County $80,871
Adams County $47,500
Bannock County $53,711
Bear Lake County $45,962
Benewah County $42,011
Bingham County $55,797
Blaine County $94,784
Boise County $62,823
Bonner County $56,890
Bonneville County $61,401
Boundary County $42,203
Butte County $56,319
Camas County $51,964
Canyon County $57,171
Caribou County $58,347
Cassia County $47,977
Clark County $45,667
Clearwater County $47,625
Custer County $56,077
Elmore County $57,082
Franklin County $49,988
Fremont County $52,692
Gem County $51,934
Gooding County $50,771
Idaho County $49,200
Jefferson County $58,706
Jerome County $52,854
Kootenai County $70,141
Latah County $46,759
Lemhi County $43,820
Lewis County $43,469
Lincoln County $48,955
Madison County $51,817
Minidoka County $45,546
Nez Perce County $50,682
Oneida County $43,713
Owyhee County $52,239
Payette County $45,433
Power County $47,704
Shoshone County $46,478
Teton County $77,878
Twin Falls County $54,041
Valley County $59,157
Washington County $45,160

Highest paying jobs in Idaho 

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Idaho: 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.  

SoFi Learn has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.

OccupationAnnual mean wage
Management $138,148
Business & Financial Operations $84,198
Computer & Mathematical $119,872
Architecture & Engineering $105,770
Life, Physical, & Social Science $91,100
Community & Social Service $58,272
Legal $117,935
Education, Training, & Library $64,168
Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media $69,625
Healthcare Practitioners & Technical $105,245
Healthcare Support $33,159
Protective Service $52,280
Food Preparation & Serving Related $31,993
Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance $37,461
Personal Care & Service $34,047
Sales & Related $38,049
Office & Administrative Support $46,994
Farming, Fishing, & Forestry $31,169
Construction & Extraction $62,681
Installation, Maintenance, & Repair $58,497
Production $40,168
Transportation & Material Moving $37,578

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Idaho 

What is the average salary in Idaho by age? 
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Idaho 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 the median household income for householders under 25 in Idaho is $38,417, while householders aged 25 to 44 years old have a median income of $62,431. Those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $71,711, and those 65 and older have a median income of $47,672.  

What is a ‘good’ salary in Idaho? 
The median income in Idaho is $58,728. However, the definition of a 'good' salary in Idaho will depend on various factors such as location, occupation, and personal circumstances. Generally, a good salary in Idaho would be one that allows individuals or households to live comfortably, pay for necessary expenses, and save for their future. 

What is the average salary in Idaho 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 Idaho is $23.47.  

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Charlie Barton

Charlie Barton is a writer at Unbiased. He has been writing about personal finance and investing since 2017, with extensive knowledge of platforms and products. Charlie has a first-class degree from the London School of Economics.