Aircraft Mechanics are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as aircraft mechanics in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since aircraft mechanics are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where aircraft mechanics have it the best: where there are plenty of jobs to go around and people get paid what they deserve during every phase of their career.
To that end, we dove into the numbers from the BLS to figure out which states have the best opportunities for aircraft mechanics.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s aircraft mechanics:
So there you have it — Aircraft Mechanics And Service Technicians is the best of the best when it comes to being an aircraft mechanic.
How did Aircraft Mechanics And Service Technicians end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for aircraft mechanics and for more on the top ten states.
If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:
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 states for aircraft mechanics in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well aircraft mechanics get paid. This led to the following criteria taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s Occupational Employment Statistics for 2016:
To make all the salary numbers more apples to apples across states, we compared the salary data relative to the state’s cost of living.
Applying this standardization allows us to account for that fact that it costs more to live in certain in states. For example, the average salary for aircraft mechanics in California is $62,570 and the average salary in Illinois is $61,680, but the Illinois salary actually goes further in paying for life’s essentials.
In order to develop and overall ranking, we ranked each state for each criteria from 1 to 50 where 1 was the best.
We then averaged all the rankings for a state into a Job Score with the state having the lowest overall Job Score earning the distinction of being the best state for aircraft mechanics in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for aircraft mechanics.
Total Jobs: 8,680
Average Annual Salary: $69,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $43,400
Average Experienced Salary: $97,530
Location Quotient: 2.25
Total Jobs: 1,610
Average Annual Salary: $88,230
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,740
Average Experienced Salary: $125,180
Location Quotient: 0.94
Total Jobs: 4,890
Average Annual Salary: $72,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,220
Average Experienced Salary: $100,450
Location Quotient: 1.74
Total Jobs: 2,730
Average Annual Salary: $67,090
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,890
Average Experienced Salary: $81,080
Location Quotient: 1.56
Total Jobs: 1,740
Average Annual Salary: $64,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,790
Average Experienced Salary: $83,630
Location Quotient: 1.38
Total Jobs: 1,780
Average Annual Salary: $70,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $52,790
Average Experienced Salary: $91,870
Location Quotient: 1.53
Total Jobs: 16,800
Average Annual Salary: $60,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,430
Average Experienced Salary: $89,210
Location Quotient: 1.56
Total Jobs: 6,270
Average Annual Salary: $58,040
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,730
Average Experienced Salary: $76,410
Location Quotient: 4.31
Total Jobs: 1,760
Average Annual Salary: $63,920
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,990
Average Experienced Salary: $91,360
Location Quotient: 0.7
Total Jobs: 1,760
Average Annual Salary: $59,710
Average Entry Level Salary: $38,690
Average Experienced Salary: $81,530
Location Quotient: 1.0
If you’re looking to start out your career as an aircraft mechanic these are the states that should be at the top of your list. You’ll find high pay, available jobs, and chances for career advancement.
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