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 Service Technicians, 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 service technicians the most for their career. These are the cities across the US where service technicians 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 service technicians.The result is this list of the best cities service technicians:
So there you have it — Fairbanks is the best city when it comes to being a service technician.
And where should you consider avoiding if you’re a service technician? That would be Brownsville.
Read on to see how we completed our research on the best cities for service technicians 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 service technicians in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well service technicians 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 410 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 410 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 service technicians in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each city so great for service technicians.
Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $56,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,920
Location Quotient: 1.37
Total Jobs: 570
Average Annual Salary: $50,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,370
Location Quotient: 1.41
Total Jobs: 1,740
Average Annual Salary: $45,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,540
Location Quotient: 1.35
Total Jobs: 7,520
Average Annual Salary: $43,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,930
Location Quotient: 1.23
Total Jobs: 1,380
Average Annual Salary: $47,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,740
Location Quotient: 1.27
Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $50,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,380
Location Quotient: 1.22
Total Jobs: 1,100
Average Annual Salary: $49,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,390
Location Quotient: 1.26
Total Jobs: 6,330
Average Annual Salary: $42,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,460
Location Quotient: 1.36
Total Jobs: 440
Average Annual Salary: $38,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,470
Location Quotient: 1.86
Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $41,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,420
Location Quotient: 1.19
If you’re looking to start out your career as a service technician 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 service technician in America:
|4||St. Louis, MO||$43,570|
|7||Santa Rosa, CA||$49,030|
|8||Montgomery County, PA||$42,930|
|16||Des Moines, IA||$43,710|
|17||Coeur d’Alene, ID||$42,090|
|19||Hilton Head Island, SC||$39,180|
|23||Dutchess County, NY||$48,590|
|25||Ocean City, NJ||$44,110|
|26||Ann Arbor, MI||$53,990|
|33||Colorado Springs, CO||$45,330|
|36||Grand Junction, CO||$50,890|
|41||St. Joseph, MO||$41,410|
|45||Idaho Falls, ID||$42,210|
|46||Fort Wayne, IN||$39,270|
|49||Silver Spring, MD||$49,470|
|53||Fort Collins, CO||$47,590|
|55||South Bend, IN||$39,270|
|60||Fort Lauderdale, FL||$42,950|
|65||Santa Fe, NM||$39,020|
|67||Boise City, ID||$39,760|
|73||Rapid City, SD||$36,440|
|76||Fort Worth, TX||$42,370|
|77||Lake County, IL||$46,870|
|79||Grand Rapids, MI||$40,540|
|81||Carson City, NV||$41,070|
|82||Grand Forks, ND||$37,750|
|83||Santa Cruz, CA||$50,950|
|85||Sioux Falls, SD||$38,980|
|87||San Jose, CA||$53,230|
|94||Baton Rouge, LA||$44,960|
|97||North Port, FL||$39,090|
|99||Johnson City, TN||$38,970|