Whether you’re just starting out your career, or looking to make a move, it can be important to know what part of the country offers the best chance for your long term career prospects. And for a very common profession like Project Engineers, the regional differences can have a big impact on your salary and career options.
To help you make the best decision possible, we at Zippia wanted to look at the cities that offer project engineers the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where project engineers get paid well, relative to the cost of living, and jobs are plentiful.
So we did what we do best and dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which cities have the best opportunities for project engineers.The result is this list of the best cities project engineers:
So there you have it — Anchorage is the best city when it comes to being a project engineer.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a project engineer? That would be Hagerstown.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for project engineers and for more on the top ten cities.
Here at Zippia, we talk to a lot of people of all different backgrounds looking for jobs. Our research has concluded that there are two common things people want in a job:
So in order to find out the best cities for project engineers in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well project engineers get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2015:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across cities, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
This left us with enough data for 360 metro areas across the country. We then took the primary area of the metro and labeled that the ‘city’ for this analysis. So, for example, “Boston-Cambridge-Newton, MA NECTA Division” became simply Boston.
In order to develop an overall ranking, we ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 360 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a city into a Job Score with the city having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best city for project engineers in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for project engineers.
Total Jobs: 760
Average Annual Salary: $113,970
Average Entry Level Salary: $71,000
Location Quotient: 2.15
Total Jobs: 960
Average Annual Salary: $96,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $60,330
Location Quotient: 2.26
Total Jobs: 320
Average Annual Salary: $89,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,500
Location Quotient: 2.7
Total Jobs: 520
Average Annual Salary: $98,940
Average Entry Level Salary: $63,370
Location Quotient: 1.54
Total Jobs: 170
Average Annual Salary: $93,740
Average Entry Level Salary: $59,470
Location Quotient: 1.41
Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $102,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $74,870
Location Quotient: 2.2
Total Jobs: 150
Average Annual Salary: $98,150
Average Entry Level Salary: $70,370
Location Quotient: 1.99
Total Jobs: 11,030
Average Annual Salary: $110,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $56,230
Location Quotient: 1.89
Total Jobs: 230
Average Annual Salary: $100,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $82,780
Location Quotient: 2.95
Total Jobs: 4,160
Average Annual Salary: $107,010
Average Entry Level Salary: $69,530
Location Quotient: 1.98
If you’re looking to start out your career as a project engineer these are the cities that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
If you’re curious, here are the worst cities to be a project engineer in America:
|5||Idaho Falls, ID||$93,740|
|9||Yuba City, CA||$100,070|
|13||Baton Rouge, LA||$96,470|
|14||Santa Maria, CA||$111,790|
|15||San Francisco, CA||$107,540|
|16||Santa Rosa, CA||$101,970|
|19||New Orleans, LA||$94,660|
|25||Sioux Falls, SD||$83,600|
|29||San Jose, CA||$107,000|
|38||San Rafael, CA||$103,450|
|42||Kansas City, MO||$81,310|
|50||Santa Cruz, CA||$97,040|
|59||San Diego, CA||$91,190|
|60||West Palm Beach, FL||$91,960|
|64||Rapid City, SD||$68,820|
|69||St. Louis, MO||$79,080|
|74||Lake Charles, LA||$91,700|
|75||Salt Lake City, UT||$79,180|
|76||College Station, TX||$90,440|
|78||Las Cruces, NM||$82,760|
|81||Fort Worth, TX||$87,210|
|83||Los Angeles, CA||$100,780|
|84||Bay City, MI||$82,270|
|86||Warner Robins, GA||$93,950|
|87||Montgomery County, PA||$84,920|
|88||State College, PA||$80,660|
|95||Fort Collins, CO||$101,520|