Here’s How Much Salary Each US State Spends On An Engagement Ring

How much should you spend on an engagement ring?  IS it one month’s salary, or maybe three? Donald Trump splashed out $2,000,000 on Melania’s engagement ring, dwarfed only by Jay Z’s romantic gift of $5,000,000 to his wife, Beyonce!

To help you understand whether you’re spending too much or too little, Venuswithlove have looked at how much men in each US state spend on an engagement ring and how many month’s salary that equates to.

 

Nevada men are the nation’s highest spenders, splashing out an average of $9,523 for an engagement ring, closely followed by guys from Washington and Minnesota.

The top spending states are:

State Cost
Nevada $       9,523
Washington $       9,478
Minnesota $       9,173
Indiana $       8,853
Montana $       8,763

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Now, the states whose men came out at the bottom of the list.  The less said about that the better…

State Cost
Maine  $       4,105
Nebraska  $       3,835
Arkansas  $       3,176
Vermont  $       2,665
South Dakota  $       1,251

 

But this is only half of the story, seeing as men in different states earn different income.  So we took the average salary per state, divided it by 12 to work out how many month’s salary each state spends on an engagement ring.

how much salary each state spends on engagement rings

On average we saw that the US will spend 1.34 times their monthly salary, meaning a guy on a $24,000 salary will spend $2,680.

The most generous states were:

State Month’s salary
Montana 2.22
Nevada 2.19
Alabama 2.17
Indiana 2.02
Kentucky 1.89

 

States who came out at the bottom of the list:

State Month’s salary
Alaska 0.86
Utah 0.82
Nebraska 0.76
Vermont 0.54
South Dakota 0.27

 

To put that in to context, if your job pays $24,000 in South Dakota then spending more than $540 will put you above the state average!

 

The full lists are below.

Average ring cost by state:

State Average spend
Montana  $        9,523
Nevada  $        9,478
Washington  $        9,173
Minnesota  $        8,853
Indiana  $        8,763
North Dakota  $        8,616
Massachusetts  $        8,574
New Hampshire  $        8,556
New Jersey  $        8,427
Alabama  $        8,062
California  $        7,991
New York  $        7,789
Illinois  $        7,753
Maryland  $        7,331
Texas  $        7,233
Florida  $        7,128
Connecticut  $        6,971
Colorado  $        6,938
Missouri  $        6,908
Hawaii  $        6,896
Idaho  $        6,794
North Carolina  $        6,762
Kentucky  $        6,677
Wisconsin  $        6,395
Wyoming  $        6,355
Arizona  $        6,347
Georgia  $        6,099
Mississippi  $        6,065
Iowa  $        6,056
Virginia  $        6,024
Kansas  $        5,955
Louisiana  $        5,754
Pennsylvania  $        5,726
Michigan  $        5,605
Ohio  $        5,546
Oregon  $        5,525
Alaska  $        5,353
West Virginia  $        5,196
New Mexico  $        5,131
South Carolina  $        4,868
Oklahoma  $        4,835
Rhode Island  $        4,821
Delaware  $        4,684
Utah  $        4,537
Tennessee  $        4,535
Maine  $        4,105
Nebraska  $        3,835
Arkansas  $        3,176
Vermont  $        2,665
South Dakota  $        1,251

 

Followed by how many month’s salary men in each state spend:

State Month’s salary
Montana 2.22
Nevada 2.19
Alabama 2.17
Indiana 2.02
Kentucky 1.89
Mississippi 1.82
North Dakota 1.80
Florida 1.75
Washington 1.64
New York 1.61
North Carolina 1.60
Idaho 1.58
Minnesota 1.55
Illinois 1.54
Texas 1.54
Massachusetts 1.52
California 1.51
Louisiana 1.50
New Jersey 1.48
Arizona 1.46
West Virginia 1.46
Georgia 1.44
Missouri 1.40
Wisconsin 1.38
New Mexico 1.36
New Hampshire 1.36
Kansas 1.30
Hawaii 1.28
South Carolina 1.26
Wyoming 1.25
Colorado 1.25
Ohio 1.25
Michigan 1.24
Oklahoma 1.23
Maryland 1.20
Iowa 1.19
Virginia 1.18
Tennessee 1.15
Connecticut 1.15
Pennsylvania 1.14
Oregon 1.09
Rhode Island 1.04
Delaware 0.97
Maine 0.97
Arkansas 0.89
Alaska 0.86
Utah 0.82
Nebraska 0.76
Vermont 0.54
South Dakota 0.27

Do any of these surprise you?

I guess it matters only to you how much to spend on an engagement ring.

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