Average salary in Rhode Island

1 min readLast updated May 19, 2023by Charlie Barton

Learn about the average salaries and highest paying counties in Rhode Island

Rhode Island may be small in size, but it still offers a range of earning potentials for its residents. The Ocean State is known for its beautiful beaches and historic cities, but it is also important to consider the financial landscape when thinking about living in Rhode Island.

The average salary in Rhode Island varies depending on the industry and location. It's always recommended to research the specific salary range for your chosen profession and location within Rhode Island to get a more accurate picture of what to expect. But which cities and counties offer the highest average salaries?

Average salary in Rhode Island by city

City living is often more expensive than living in more rural areas, but it’s also where the money is. Rhode Island’s own cities can vary in average salary; Cumberland commands well into six figures, while Pawtucket’s average sits just above $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 10 largest cities in Rhode Island, which you can find ranked below.

  1. Cumberland, $104,487

  2. Coventry, $81,935

  3. Warwick, $76,972

  4. Cranston, $70,930

  5. North Providence, $63,307

  6. East Providence, $61,006

  7. West Warwick, $52,679

  8. Providence, $46,007

  9. Woonsocket, $44,460

  10. Pawtucket, $41,518

Average salary in Rhode Island by county

Reviewing average salaries in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island 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.

  1. Bristol County, $92,496

  2. Newport County, $90,865

  3. Washington County, $85,622

  4. Kent County, $80,093

  5. Providence County, $68,578

Highest paying jobs in Rhode Island

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

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has calculated a comprehensive list of annual salaries by occupation area, which you can also find below.

  1. Psychiatrists - $206,800

  2. Judges, Magistrate Judges, and Magistrates - $189,730

  3. General Internal Medicine Physicians - $186,740

  4. General Pediatricians - $186,320

  5. Family Medicine Physicians - $170,090

  6. General Dentists - $163,600

  7. Architectural and Engineering Managers - $162,150

  8. Compensation and Benefits Managers - $162,110

  9. Financial Managers - $159,970

  10. Computer and Information Systems Managers - $155,400

  11. All Other Physicians - $154,490

  12. Marketing Managers - $152,350

  13. Public Relations Managers - $151,300

  14. Lawyers - $151,300

  15. Sales Managers - $150,890

  16. Human Resources Managers - $150,890

  17. Postsecondary Economics Teachers - $148,520

  18. Physicists - $131,750

  19. Administrative Services Managers - $131,130

  20. All Other Managers - $131,130

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Rhode Island

What is the average salary in Rhode Island by age?
Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Rhode Island 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 income of $30,906, householders aged 25 to 44 years old have a median income of $68,739, those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $83,828, and those 65 and older have a median income of $54,914.

What is a ‘good’ salary in Rhode Island?
Defining a 'good' salary in Rhode Island can depend on various factors, such as location and occupation. The median income in Rhode Island is $65,628. However, what is considered a 'good' salary can differ depending on personal circumstances and financial obligations.

What is the average salary in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island is $34.64.

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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.