This Is the Salary You Need To Afford the Average Home in Your State

CollegeUnified By CollegeUnified 6 Min Read

Shopping for a home can be one of the most exciting and daunting milestones in your life. Before you shop for a home, it’s important to find out just how much you can afford to pay for your monthly mortgage payment, which is based on how much income you make.

Visiting a lender to get prequalified for a home loan is one of the first things you should do to learn the amount you might be eligible to borrow and the amount you owe each month. Depending upon what state you live in, that salary amount can vary quite widely. For example, you only need to earn about $60,500 in Arkansas to buy an average home, whereas you’d have to earn almost $176,000 to afford one in Hawaii.

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For you to own a home, and live comfortably, some financial experts recommend your housing costs — primarily your mortgage payments — shouldn’t consume more than 30% of your monthly income. With this rule of thumb in mind, GOBankingRates looked at home prices and mortgage rates in every state and estimated the minimum salary needed to afford the average home. Keep reading to find out what the cost of housing looks like in your home state.

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Alabama: $64,163

  • 2023 average home value: $201,212
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,058.61
  • Annual mortgage payments: $12,703

Alaska: $106,279

  • 2023 average home value: $357,035
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,065.86
  • Annual mortgage payments: $24,790

Arizona: $96,344

  • 2023 average home value: $420,605
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,304.00
  • Annual mortgage payments: $27,648

Arkansas: $60,487

  • 2023 average home value: $176,107
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $963.21
  • Annual mortgage payments: $11,559

California: $148,908

  • 2023 average home value: $748,161
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $4,148.16
  • Annual mortgage payments: $49,778

Colorado: $111,199

  • 2023 average home value: $552,779
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,977.35
  • Annual mortgage payments: $35,728

Connecticut: $103,999

  • 2023 average home value: $379,101
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,427.31
  • Annual mortgage payments: $29,128

Delaware: $89,773

  • 2023 average home value: $355,120
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,927.53
  • Annual mortgage payments: $23,130

Florida: $95,979

  • 2023 average home value: $398,861
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,271.31
  • Annual mortgage payments: $27,256

Georgia: $80,105

  • 2023 average home value: $307,375
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,750.34
  • Annual mortgage payments: $21,004

Hawaii: $176,010

  • 2023 average home value: $971,526
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $5,046.57
  • Annual mortgage payments: $60,559

Idaho: $97,916

  • 2023 average home value: $438,088
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,418.02
  • Annual mortgage payments: $29,016

Illinois: $79,065

  • 2023 average home value: $239,065
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,588.47
  • Annual mortgage payments: $19,062

Indiana: $69,677

  • 2023 average home value: $221,357
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,247.60
  • Annual mortgage payments: $14,971

Iowa: $70,093

  • 2023 average home value: $201,546
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,246.79
  • Annual mortgage payments: $14,961

Kansas: $70,204

  • 2023 average home value: $208,883
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,260.85
  • Annual mortgage payments: $15,130

Kentucky: $64,790

  • 2023 average home value: $188,438
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,058.92
  • Annual mortgage payments: $12,707

Louisiana: $63,119

  • 2023 average home value: $182,124
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $980.95
  • Annual mortgage payments: $11,771

Maine: $93,928

  • 2023 average home value: $347,071
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,074.73
  • Annual mortgage payments: $24,897

Maryland: $97,091

  • 2023 average home value: $395,518
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,295.12
  • Annual mortgage payments: $27,541

Massachusetts: $131,536

  • 2023 average home value: $576,102
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $3,391.02
  • Annual mortgage payments: $40,692

Michigan: $70,928

  • 2023 average home value: $212,868
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,295.55
  • Annual mortgage payments: $15,547

Minnesota: $87,301

  • 2023 average home value: $320,005
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,872.93
  • Annual mortgage payments: $22,475

Mississippi: $59,413

  • 2023 average home value: $160,346
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $878.35
  • Annual mortgage payments: $10,540

Missouri: $69,920

  • 2023 average home value: $226,968
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,307.60
  • Annual mortgage payments: $15,691

Montana: $97,477

  • 2023 average home value: $427,218
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,375.82
  • Annual mortgage payments: $28,510

Nebraska: $76,661

  • 2023 average home value: $242,560
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,522.75
  • Annual mortgage payments: $18,273

Nevada: $98,623

  • 2023 average home value: $429,767
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,336.28
  • Annual mortgage payments: $28,035

New Hampshire: $116,962

  • 2023 average home value: $442,930
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,909.82
  • Annual mortgage payments: $34,918

New Jersey: $117,735

  • 2023 average home value: $460,761
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $3,122.95
  • Annual mortgage payments: $37,475

New Mexico: $77,014

  • 2023 average home value: $280,010
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,536.17
  • Annual mortgage payments: $18,434

New York: $101,804

  • 2023 average home value: $396,058
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,410.47
  • Annual mortgage payments: $28,926

North Carolina: $82,358

  • 2023 average home value: $309,902
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,741.49
  • Annual mortgage payments: $20,898

North Dakota: $76,476

  • 2023 average home value: $245,226
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,404.61
  • Annual mortgage payments: $16,855

Ohio: $70,976

  • 2023 average home value: $206,508
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,291.26
  • Annual mortgage payments: $15,495

Oklahoma: $63,890

  • 2023 average home value: $189,085
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,072.01
  • Annual mortgage payments: $12,864

Oregon: $114,269

  • 2023 average home value: $491,744
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,812.52
  • Annual mortgage payments: $33,750

Pennsylvania: $78,695

  • 2023 average home value: $243,386
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,503.60
  • Annual mortgage payments: $18,043

Rhode Island: $106,613

  • 2023 average home value: $421,742
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,584.36
  • Annual mortgage payments: $31,012

South Carolina: $75,950

  • 2023 average home value: $272,103
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,470.12
  • Annual mortgage payments: $17,641

South Dakota: $79,649

  • 2023 average home value: $283,596
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,678.74
  • Annual mortgage payments: $20,145

Tennessee: $75,947

  • 2023 average home value: $287,793
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,583.67
  • Annual mortgage payments: $19,004

Texas: $83,946

  • 2023 average home value: $296,285
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,872.37
  • Annual mortgage payments: $22,468

Utah: $107,797

  • 2023 average home value: $515,621
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,798.69
  • Annual mortgage payments: $33,584

Vermont: $97,731

  • 2023 average home value: $327,908
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,115.93
  • Annual mortgage payments: $25,391

Virginia: $90,084

  • 2023 average home value: $363,186
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $2,056.05
  • Annual mortgage payments: $24,673

Washington: $123,625

  • 2023 average home value: $577,876
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $3,276.26
  • Annual mortgage payments: $39,315

West Virginia: $60,980

  • 2023 average home value: $145,893
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $787.02
  • Annual mortgage payments: $9,444

Wisconsin: $82,208

  • 2023 average home value: $262,566
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,652.71
  • Annual mortgage payments: $19,833

Wyoming: $81,223

  • 2023 average home value: $322,509
  • Monthly mortgage payment: $1,742.46
  • Annual mortgage payments: $20,910