These Are The 10 States With The Highest Auto Body Technician Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay auto body technicians the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 months 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 auto body technicians 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 auto body technicians 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 auto body technicians 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 auto body technicians after this adjustment? That would be Automotive Body And Related Repairers.

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

  1. Michigan
  2. Georgia
  3. North Carolina
  4. Wyoming
  5. Illinois
  6. North Dakota
  7. Indiana
  8. Washington
  9. Texas
  10. Arizona

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 auto body technicians from the 2016 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 $47150, so our index value would be:

$47,150 * (100 / 135.9) = $34,694

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for auto body technicians.

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

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Detailed List Of Auto Body Technician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Michigan $58,101 $51,710 89.0
2 Georgia $55,547 $50,770 91.4
3 North Carolina $54,046 $50,750 93.9
4 Wyoming $53,235 $48,870 91.8
5 Illinois $50,856 $48,110 94.6
6 North Dakota $50,020 $49,720 99.4
7 Indiana $49,597 $44,390 89.5
8 Washington $48,754 $51,290 105.2
9 Texas $48,599 $44,080 90.7
10 Arizona $48,255 $47,290 98.0
11 Virginia $48,214 $48,600 100.8
12 Idaho $47,828 $44,050 92.1
13 Kansas $47,719 $42,900 89.9
14 Minnesota $47,579 $47,960 100.8
15 Missouri $47,411 $42,860 90.4
16 Utah $47,290 $43,980 93.0
17 Kentucky $47,082 $42,610 90.5
18 Nebraska $46,823 $42,890 91.6
19 Colorado $46,801 $48,580 103.8
20 Maryland $46,470 $58,320 125.5
21 Alabama $45,361 $41,370 91.2
22 Ohio $44,989 $42,200 93.8
23 Delaware $44,940 $45,570 101.4
24 New Mexico $44,870 $43,300 96.5
25 Oklahoma $44,293 $39,510 89.2
26 Louisiana $44,008 $41,720 94.8
27 Arkansas $43,892 $38,230 87.1
28 Iowa $43,648 $39,720 91.0
29 Mississippi $43,550 $37,410 85.9
30 Tennessee $43,344 $38,750 89.4
31 Nevada $43,252 $44,680 103.3
32 Pennsylvania $42,061 $42,650 101.4
33 Florida $41,881 $41,170 98.3
34 Montana $41,746 $42,080 100.8
35 Wisconsin $40,909 $39,600 96.8
36 Alaska $40,839 $53,540 131.1
37 West Virginia $40,695 $38,010 93.4
38 New Jersey $40,574 $49,460 121.9
39 South Carolina $39,173 $38,860 99.2
40 Rhode Island $38,342 $46,280 120.7
41 Connecticut $38,167 $48,740 127.7
42 South Dakota $37,897 $39,300 103.7
43 Oregon $36,591 $42,300 115.6
44 Maine $36,110 $40,010 110.8
45 New Hampshire $35,957 $42,070 117.0
46 Vermont $35,367 $42,830 121.1
47 Massachusetts $35,344 $47,150 133.4
48 California $34,694 $47,150 135.9
49 New York $32,450 $42,510 131.0
50 Hawaii $30,208 $50,720 167.9

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