These Are The 10 Best Cities For Mechanics

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Fairbanks, AK
  2. Portsmouth, NH
  3. Tacoma, WA
  4. St. Louis, MO
  5. Ogden, UT
  6. Anchorage, AK
  7. Santa Rosa, CA
  8. Montgomery County, PA
  9. Farmington, NM
  10. Auburn, AL

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.

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How we determined the best cities to be a service technicians?




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:

  • Availability of jobs
  • Pay

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:

  • Location quotient. A measure of how common a job is a given city.
  • Average annual salary.
  • Average annual salary for entry level work.

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.

1. Fairbanks, AK

Best States For Service Technicians

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 240
Average Annual Salary: $56,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,920
Location Quotient: 1.37

2. Portsmouth, NH

Best States For Service Technicians

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 570
Average Annual Salary: $50,680
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,370
Location Quotient: 1.41

3. Tacoma, WA

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,740
Average Annual Salary: $45,760
Average Entry Level Salary: $27,540
Location Quotient: 1.35

4. St. Louis, MO

Best States For Service Technicians

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,520
Average Annual Salary: $43,570
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,930
Location Quotient: 1.23

5. Ogden, UT

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,380
Average Annual Salary: $47,780
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,740
Location Quotient: 1.27

6. Anchorage, AK

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,000
Average Annual Salary: $50,610
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,380
Location Quotient: 1.22

7. Santa Rosa, CA

Best States For Service Technicians

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,100
Average Annual Salary: $49,030
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,390
Location Quotient: 1.26

8. Montgomery County, PA

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Total Jobs: 6,330
Average Annual Salary: $42,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,460
Location Quotient: 1.36

9. Farmington, NM

Best States For Service Technicians

Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 440
Average Annual Salary: $38,270
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,470
Location Quotient: 1.86

10. Auburn, AL

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Source: wikipedia

Total Jobs: 290
Average Annual Salary: $41,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,420
Location Quotient: 1.19

And that’s our list of the best cities for service technicians

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:

  1. Brownsville, TX
  2. Bloomsburg, PA
  3. Hanford, CA

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Service Technicians

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Fairbanks, AK $56,060 $30,920 240
2 Portsmouth, NH $50,680 $31,370 570
3 Tacoma, WA $45,760 $27,540 1,740
4 St. Louis, MO $43,570 $25,930 7,520
5 Ogden, UT $47,780 $24,740 1,380
6 Anchorage, AK $50,610 $30,380 1,000
7 Santa Rosa, CA $49,030 $34,390 1,100
8 Montgomery County, PA $42,930 $25,460 6,330
9 Farmington, NM $38,270 $25,470 440
10 Auburn, AL $41,060 $25,420 290
11 Casper, WY $43,560 $27,360 230
12 Mansfield, OH $37,980 $25,040 300
13 Dover, NH $45,390 $26,280 350
14 Cheyenne, WY $42,610 $22,640 270
15 Savannah, GA $44,000 $21,480 1,010
16 Des Moines, IA $43,710 $25,540 1,800
17 Coeur d’Alene, ID $42,090 $24,800 280
18 Charlotte, NC $44,480 $22,130 7,070
19 Hilton Head Island, SC $39,180 $23,980 400
20 Lubbock, TX $41,220 $23,810 780
21 Nashville, TN $45,370 $26,360 4,160
22 Bremerton, WA $46,860 $28,070 400
23 Dutchess County, NY $48,590 $27,540 940
24 Redding, CA $44,300 $28,940 460
25 Ocean City, NJ $44,110 $27,560 280
26 Ann Arbor, MI $53,990 $28,090 960
27 Beaumont, TX $45,920 $22,030 920
28 Ames, IA $40,690 $26,260 240
29 Nashua, NH $44,900 $27,640 780
30 Fargo, ND $41,030 $22,830 740
31 Charleston, SC $41,450 $23,210 1,670
32 Daphne, AL $38,850 $24,040 350
33 Colorado Springs, CO $45,330 $25,180 1,580
34 Clarksville, TN $42,870 $21,390 460
35 Elizabethtown, KY $35,080 $19,840 390
36 Grand Junction, CO $50,890 $22,880 370
37 Chambersburg, PA $38,370 $25,920 390
38 Pittsfield, MA $51,440 $26,340 260
39 Richmond, VA $44,700 $26,030 3,660
40 Columbia, MO $36,370 $23,420 570
41 St. Joseph, MO $41,410 $20,240 330
42 Dothan, AL $37,070 $22,850 330
43 Camden, NJ $47,260 $28,100 2,730
44 Birmingham, AL $43,780 $25,170 2,240
45 Idaho Falls, ID $42,210 $21,430 310
46 Fort Wayne, IN $39,270 $24,250 1,080
47 Kankakee, IL $43,300 $22,840 320
48 Allentown, PA $41,550 $23,600 1,980
49 Silver Spring, MD $49,470 $27,320 3,130
50 Indianapolis, IN $46,280 $25,270 4,200
51 Dubuque, IA $39,590 $26,850 300
52 Portland, ME $42,150 $24,040 1,140
53 Fort Collins, CO $47,590 $24,650 780
54 Billings, MT $40,880 $18,980 620
55 South Bend, IN $39,270 $20,620 800
56 Bismarck, ND $41,680 $23,640 350
57 Mankato, MN $45,310 $31,590 220
58 Dover, DE $40,630 $25,340 430
59 Jacksonville, NC $45,470 $18,850 380
60 Fort Lauderdale, FL $42,950 $26,240 4,060
61 Reno, NV $41,060 $25,010 1,280
62 Abilene, TX $43,390 $21,000 360
63 Montgomery, AL $43,280 $26,250 620
64 Evansville, IN $40,710 $22,120 760
65 Santa Fe, NM $39,020 $22,110 350
66 Springfield, MO $35,300 $20,930 1,620
67 Boise City, ID $39,760 $23,130 1,330
68 Spokane, WA $45,270 $28,390 920
69 Gary, IN $43,670 $22,470 1,190
70 Waterbury, CT $45,920 $26,680 510
71 Framingham, MA $46,450 $28,990 990
72 Joplin, MO $36,370 $20,390 530
73 Rapid City, SD $36,440 $24,250 320
74 Boulder, CO $50,260 $28,180 670
75 Tyler, TX $41,550 $23,060 470
76 Fort Worth, TX $42,370 $23,330 4,480
77 Lake County, IL $46,870 $23,540 1,950
78 Anniston, AL $40,180 $25,700 170
79 Grand Rapids, MI $40,540 $22,560 2,780
80 Columbia, SC $38,770 $24,990 1,650
81 Carson City, NV $41,070 $22,180 250
82 Grand Forks, ND $37,750 $22,780 260
83 Santa Cruz, CA $50,950 $28,890 380
84 Greeley, CO $43,240 $23,670 600
85 Sioux Falls, SD $38,980 $26,470 570
86 Ocala, FL $38,070 $24,090 740
87 San Jose, CA $53,230 $32,380 3,010
88 Tuscaloosa, AL $41,010 $27,580 340
89 Brunswick, GA $37,450 $21,360 240
90 Midland, TX $49,890 $22,510 380
91 Cleveland, TN $39,840 $22,330 210
92 Springfield, OH $35,540 $20,490 300
93 Lancaster, PA $40,000 $20,720 1,610
94 Baton Rouge, LA $44,960 $24,220 1,440
95 Albuquerque, NM $40,140 $21,780 1,910
96 Lebanon, PA $37,490 $21,790 400
97 North Port, FL $39,090 $24,860 1,660
98 Sheboygan, WI $39,240 $24,960 320
99 Johnson City, TN $38,970 $23,750 340
100 Kennewick, WA $45,210 $23,860 470

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