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 Logging Equipment Operators, 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 lumberjacks the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where lumberjacks 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 lumberjacks. The result is this list of the best cities for lumberjacks:
So there you have it — Longview is the best city when it comes to being a lumberjack.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a lumberjack? That would be Tampa.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for lumberjacks 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 lumberjacks in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well lumberjacks 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 56 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 56 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 lumberjacks in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for lumberjacks.
Total Jobs: 250
Average Annual Salary: $52,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,440
Location Quotient: 35.26
Total Jobs: 130
Average Annual Salary: $48,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,970
Location Quotient: 15.67
Total Jobs: 110
Average Annual Salary: $59,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,650
Location Quotient: 5.44
Total Jobs: 100
Average Annual Salary: $45,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,230
Location Quotient: 14.12
Total Jobs: 50
Average Annual Salary: $47,120
Average Entry Level Salary: $40,780
Location Quotient: 5.05
Total Jobs: 80
Average Annual Salary: $46,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,200
Location Quotient: 5.17
Total Jobs: 260
Average Annual Salary: $43,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,960
Location Quotient: 8.3
Total Jobs: 280
Average Annual Salary: $42,670
Average Entry Level Salary: $33,480
Location Quotient: 9.68
Total Jobs: 100
Average Annual Salary: $43,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,720
Location Quotient: 4.94
Total Jobs: 220
Average Annual Salary: $44,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,400
Location Quotient: 5.02
If you’re looking to start out your career as a lumberjacks 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 lumberjack in America:
|5||Mount Vernon, WA||$47,120|
|12||Coeur d’Alene, ID||$37,180|
|15||Little Rock, AR||$41,240|
|23||Panama City, FL||$43,340|
|27||Pine Bluff, AR||$32,160|
|28||Eau Claire, WI||$38,280|
|32||Baton Rouge, LA||$37,670|
|41||Santa Rosa, CA||$44,720|