The 10 Best States For Aircraft Mechanics In 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Kentucky
  2. Georgia
  3. Nevada
  4. Texas
  5. Utah
  6. Colorado
  7. Missouri
  8. North Carolina
  9. Washington
  10. Kansas

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:

How we determined the best states to be an aircraft mechanic

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
  • Higher Pay

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 2018:

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

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 $70,750 and the average salary in Illinois is $63,840, 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.

1. Kentucky

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,930
Average Annual Salary: $79,590
Average Entry Level Salary: $44,980
Average Experienced Salary: $127,820
Location Quotient: 1.71

2. Georgia

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,800
Average Annual Salary: $76,310
Average Entry Level Salary: $45,220
Average Experienced Salary: $106,650
Location Quotient: 2.2

3. Nevada

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,730
Average Annual Salary: $78,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $55,220
Average Experienced Salary: $113,390
Location Quotient: 1.41

4. Texas

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 17,160
Average Annual Salary: $63,860
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,580
Average Experienced Salary: $96,380
Location Quotient: 1.56

5. Utah

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,220
Average Annual Salary: $60,770
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,430
Average Experienced Salary: $82,120
Location Quotient: 1.68

6. Colorado

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,890
Average Annual Salary: $73,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $42,170
Average Experienced Salary: $103,500
Location Quotient: 0.79

7. Missouri

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,860
Average Annual Salary: $62,490
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,210
Average Experienced Salary: $93,920
Location Quotient: 0.73

8. North Carolina

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 4,150
Average Annual Salary: $60,820
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,400
Average Experienced Salary: $93,940
Location Quotient: 1.04

9. Washington

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 5,320
Average Annual Salary: $68,140
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,520
Average Experienced Salary: $101,210
Location Quotient: 1.8

10. Kansas

Best States For Aircraft Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,460
Average Annual Salary: $56,840
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,370
Average Experienced Salary: $75,190
Location Quotient: 1.17

There You Have It – The Best States To Be An Aircraft Mechanic

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.

If you’re curious, here are the worst states to be an aircraft mechanic in America:

  1. Rhode Island
  2. Maine
  3. Nebraska

Detailed List Of The Best States For aircraft mechanics

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Kentucky $79,590 $44,980 2,930
2 Georgia $76,310 $45,220 8,800
3 Nevada $78,380 $55,220 1,730
4 Texas $63,860 $36,580 17,160
5 Utah $60,770 $42,430 2,220
6 Colorado $73,130 $42,170 1,890
7 Missouri $62,490 $37,210 1,860
8 North Carolina $60,820 $36,400 4,150
9 Washington $68,140 $37,520 5,320
10 Kansas $56,840 $39,370 1,460
11 Florida $63,040 $32,750 13,100
12 Louisiana $60,340 $37,300 1,730
13 Illinois $63,840 $31,010 4,590
14 Ohio $59,490 $38,600 4,330
15 Michigan $58,350 $29,310 3,260
16 Arizona $62,280 $32,290 5,140
17 Wyoming $58,390 $44,920 210
18 Virginia $67,000 $35,200 2,370
19 Pennsylvania $66,830 $39,380 2,720
20 Idaho $54,960 $34,530 710
21 Tennessee $58,170 $31,550 1,350
22 Delaware $62,250 $37,470 400
23 South Carolina $62,120 $43,390 1,140
24 Maryland $72,650 $55,640 2,090
25 Minnesota $62,050 $36,250 1,360
26 New Mexico $62,140 $32,840 430
27 North Dakota $57,360 $39,570 150
28 Connecticut $78,240 $42,840 1,410
29 Iowa $55,940 $33,160 350
30 Montana $55,900 $34,040 570
31 Alaska $67,400 $44,320 1,610
32 New Jersey $69,090 $44,690 2,370
33 Arkansas $51,150 $27,080 670
34 West Virginia $54,220 $30,010 500
35 Oregon $61,090 $39,210 1,310
36 Wisconsin $53,360 $33,020 750
37 South Dakota $53,730 $35,740 240
38 California $70,750 $42,390 12,920
39 Indiana $49,090 $27,360 1,550
40 Hawaii $65,260 $41,010 1,440
41 Vermont $60,280 $43,040 150
42 New York $67,840 $38,010 3,070
43 Massachusetts $67,420 $37,380 1,450
44 New Hampshire $57,270 $34,950 270
45 Nebraska $46,180 $23,460 350
46 Maine $51,570 $33,980 130
47 Rhode Island $51,670 $28,170 130
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