Average salary in Utah

4 mins readLast updated April 19, 2023by Kate Morgan

The state of Utah may not be as large as others in the US, but it still has its own unique financial landscape. Whether you are a resident of Utah or considering moving to the state, understanding the earning potential in different regions can be helpful.

Utah is known for its relatively low cost of living compared to other states in the country. According to a study by CNBC, Utah ranks as the sixth most affordable state to live in. However, the average salaries in Utah can still vary greatly by location. 

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 largest cities in Utah, which you can find ranked below.  

CityAverage earnings
Draper $94,852
South Jordan $91,228
Riverton $84,718
Sandy $78,048
Lehi $74,200
West Jordan $69,404
Layton $66,665
Bountiful $64,630
Pleasant Grove $62,660
Roy $60,100
Taylorsville $57,779
Millcreek $57,429
Orem $54,048
Murray $53,797
West Valley City $52,814
Saint George $48,188
Salt Lake City $45,833
Ogden $40,937
Provo $40,359
Logan $35,770

Average salary in Utah by county

Reviewing average salaries in Utah 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 Utah 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.  

County Average household income
Summit County $65,646
Salt Lake County $57,044
Tooele County $53,662
Utah County $51,039
Davis County $49,678
Morgan County $48,488
Wasatch County $47,390
Weber County $44,318
Cache County $43,247
Box Elder County $42,563
Washington County $42,494
Duchesne County $41,777
Sanpete County $39,595
Iron County $39,464
Uintah Count $38,335
Grand County $38,216
Kane County $37,562
Sevier County $36,640
Carbon County $35,561
Emery County $35,350
Beaver County $34,696
Garfield County $34,029
Millard County $32,952
Piute County $30,956
Wayne County $28,861

Highest paying jobs in Utah

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

Occupation Average salary
Vice President, Product Management $172,962
Software Testing Manager $157,789
Business Solutions Manager $149,113
Director Of Engineering, Quality & Program Management $148,363
Senior Software Engineer Manager $136,058
Director Of Account Management $135,707
Software Development Engineer Lead $131,181
Senior Manager, Product Management $130,821
Senior Staff Systems Engineer $129,146
Vice President, Software Development $128,443

Frequently asked questions about salaries in Utah

What is the average salary in Utah by age? 

Alongside location and occupation, salaries in Utah 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 $34,365; householders aged 24 to 44 years old have a median income of $71,237; those aged 45 to 64 years old have a median income of $75,788; and those 65 and older have a median income of $42,784.  

What is a ‘good’ salary in Utah? 

The median income in Utah is $74,667. Defining ‘good’ relies on all sorts of variable factors and these should be taken into account. A higher salary than the median can be considered good, but this also depends on the specific circumstances. 

What is the average salary in Utah 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 Utah is $28.89.  

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Kate Morgan

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