The 10 States With The Highest Aircraft Mechanic Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 week ago

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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do aircraft mechanics get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for aircraft mechanics by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for aircraft mechanics by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for aircraft mechanics after this adjustment? That would be Aircraft Mechanics And Service Technicians.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Georgia
  3. Nevada
  4. Colorado
  5. Texas
  6. Missouri
  7. Illinois
  8. Virginia
  9. Pennsylvania
  10. Michigan

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for aircraft mechanics from the 2018 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $70750, so our index value would be:

$70,750 * (100 / 135.9) = $52,060

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for aircraft mechanics.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Aircraft Mechanic Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Kentucky $87,944 $79,590 90.5
2 Georgia $83,490 $76,310 91.4
3 Nevada $75,876 $78,380 103.3
4 Colorado $70,452 $73,130 103.8
5 Texas $70,407 $63,860 90.7
6 Missouri $69,126 $62,490 90.4
7 Illinois $67,484 $63,840 94.6
8 Virginia $66,468 $67,000 100.8
9 Pennsylvania $65,907 $66,830 101.4
10 Michigan $65,561 $58,350 89.0
11 Utah $65,344 $60,770 93.0
12 Tennessee $65,067 $58,170 89.4
13 Washington $64,771 $68,140 105.2
14 North Carolina $64,771 $60,820 93.9
15 New Mexico $64,393 $62,140 96.5
16 Florida $64,130 $63,040 98.3
17 Louisiana $63,649 $60,340 94.8
18 Wyoming $63,605 $58,390 91.8
19 Arizona $63,551 $62,280 98.0
20 Ohio $63,422 $59,490 93.8
21 Kansas $63,225 $56,840 89.9
22 South Carolina $62,620 $62,120 99.2
23 Minnesota $61,557 $62,050 100.8
24 Iowa $61,472 $55,940 91.0
25 Delaware $61,390 $62,250 101.4
26 Connecticut $61,268 $78,240 127.7
27 Idaho $59,674 $54,960 92.1
28 Arkansas $58,725 $51,150 87.1
29 West Virginia $58,051 $54,220 93.4
30 Maryland $57,888 $72,650 125.5
31 North Dakota $57,706 $57,360 99.4
32 New Jersey $56,677 $69,090 121.9
33 Montana $55,456 $55,900 100.8
34 Wisconsin $55,123 $53,360 96.8
35 Indiana $54,849 $49,090 89.5
36 Oregon $52,846 $61,090 115.6
37 California $52,060 $70,750 135.9
38 South Dakota $51,812 $53,730 103.7
39 New York $51,786 $67,840 131.0
40 Alaska $51,411 $67,400 131.1
41 Massachusetts $50,539 $67,420 133.4
42 Nebraska $50,414 $46,180 91.6
43 Vermont $49,777 $60,280 121.1
44 New Hampshire $48,948 $57,270 117.0
45 Maine $46,543 $51,570 110.8
46 Rhode Island $42,808 $51,670 120.7
47 Hawaii $38,868 $65,260 167.9
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