Average salary in Maryland

1 min readLast updated October 5, 2023by Charlie Barton

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Maryland

The state of Maryland is located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States and has a population of approximately 6 million people. The average salary in Maryland varies by county and profession, but overall the state has a higher average salary than the national average. The highest paying occupations in the state include healthcare practitioners, technical, management, computer and mathematical occupations. 

It is worth noting that the cost of living in Maryland can be higher than the national average, particularly in certain areas such as the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. However, the higher average salaries in certain counties can help offset these costs and make living in Maryland more affordable. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries? 

Average salary in Maryland by city 

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Maryland’s own cities can vary massively in average salary; 40% of the state’s largest cities command well into six figures, while Baltimore’s average sits at $51,000.  

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 Maryland, which you can find ranked below.  

CityAverage household income
Potomac $238,609
Bethesda $167,210
Ellicott City $149,704
North Bethesda $138,147
Bowie $113,211
Bel Air South $112,994
Rockville $110,954
Columbia $106,026
Waldorf $98,279
Germantown $93,773
Gaithersburg $93,433
Aspen Hill $93,258
Severn $91,212
Silver Spring $86,239
Glen Burnie $78,105
Towson $75,696
Wheaton $72,847
Frederick $72,520
Dundalk $60,131
Baltimore $51,000

Average salary in Maryland by county 

Reviewing average salaries in Maryland 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 Maryland 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.  

CountyAverage household income
Allegany County $50,197
Anne Arundel County $106,406
Baltimore County $89,774
Calvert County $112,240
Caroline County $68,380
Carroll County $102,076
Cecil County $79,026
Charles County $106,000
Dorchester County $55,086
Frederick County $95,333
Garrett County $57,323
Harford County $93,344
Howard County $123,787
Kent County $76,587
Montgomery County $121,017
Prince George’s County $89,039
Queen Anne’s County $93,927
St Mary’s County $103,181
Somerset County $45,567
Talbot County $86,698
Washington County $62,561
Wicomico County $56,297
Worcester County $64,563

Highest paying jobs in Maryland 

There’s another weighty factor that will influence how much you earn if you live in Maryland: 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 occupation area, which you can also find below.

Job TitleSalary
Finance Services Director $228,031
Chief Medical Officer $185,879
President & Chief Operating Officer $185,659
Vice President, Products & Marketing $182,567
Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist $179,568
Executive Vice President Of Operations $177,479
Chief Administrative Officer $176,841
Executive Vice President $176,087
Vice President, Product Management $172,345
Executive Vice President Of Sales $171,103
Executive Director, Information Technology $170,484
Medical Consultant $170,176
Executive Vice President Marketing $169,755
Vice President, Marketing & Development $165,306
Health Teacher $164,144
Chief Operating Officer, Chief Technology Officer $160,579
Vice President Of Marketing & Communications $160,285
Chief Executive Officer $157,500
Public Health Physician $156,895
Nurse Anesthetist $154,697

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Maryland

What is the average salary in Maryland by age?
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Maryland 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 years old have a median household income of $43,093; householders aged 25 to 44 years old have a median income of $87,767; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $97,817; and those 65 and older have a median income of $57,691.

What is a ‘good’ salary in Maryland?
The median income in Maryland is $86,738. Defining what is a 'good' salary depends on various factors such as personal circumstances, location, and industry. For instance, $120,000 a year could be a good salary for someone living in a smaller city, while it may not be enough for someone living in a more expensive area like Bethesda or Chevy Chase.

What is the average salary in Maryland 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 Maryland is $49.05.

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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.