These Are The 10 Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

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Logging Equipment Operators are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as logging equipment operators in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.

Since logging equipment operators are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where logging equipment operators 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 logging equipment operators. After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s logging equipment operators:

  1. Idaho
  2. Washington
  3. Mississippi
  4. Arkansas
  5. Montana
  6. Wyoming
  7. Louisiana
  8. Georgia
  9. Oregon
  10. North Carolina

So there you have it — Idaho is the best of the best when it comes to being a logging equipment operators.

How did it end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for logging equipment operators and for more on the top ten states.

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How we determined the best states to be a logging equipment operator

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 states for logging equipment operators in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well logging equipment operators 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 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 logging equipment operators in California is $41,970 and the average salary in Oregon is $43,530, 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 logging equipment operators in America.

So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for logging equipment operators.

1. Idaho

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 640
Average Annual Salary: $49,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,310
Average Experienced Salary: $75,280
Location Quotient: 5.0

2. Washington

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,790
Average Annual Salary: $49,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,210
Average Experienced Salary: $61,430
Location Quotient: 3.03

3. Mississippi

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,930
Average Annual Salary: $34,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,880
Average Experienced Salary: $46,310
Location Quotient: 8.81

4. Arkansas

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 970
Average Annual Salary: $36,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,960
Average Experienced Salary: $58,100
Location Quotient: 4.17

5. Montana

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 390
Average Annual Salary: $40,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,590
Average Experienced Salary: $50,080
Location Quotient: 4.43

6. Wyoming

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $40,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,320
Average Experienced Salary: $60,290
Location Quotient: 0.68

7. Louisiana

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,200
Average Annual Salary: $37,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,470
Average Experienced Salary: $50,260
Location Quotient: 3.13

8. Georgia

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,580
Average Annual Salary: $36,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,140
Average Experienced Salary: $48,440
Location Quotient: 1.94

9. Oregon

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 2,390
Average Annual Salary: $43,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,080
Average Experienced Salary: $50,380
Location Quotient: 6.97

10. North Carolina

Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,420
Average Annual Salary: $36,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,880
Average Experienced Salary: $52,490
Location Quotient: 1.74

There You Have It

If you’re looking to start out your career as a logging equipment operator 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 a logging equipment operator in America:

  1. New York
  2. Maryland
  3. Pennsylvania

Detailed List Of The Best States For Logging Equipment Operators

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Idaho $49,500 $29,310 640
2 Washington $49,110 $39,210 1,790
3 Mississippi $34,530 $22,880 1,930
4 Arkansas $36,420 $20,960 970
5 Montana $40,720 $32,590 390
6 Wyoming $40,240 $26,320 40
7 Louisiana $37,420 $25,470 1,200
8 Georgia $36,070 $25,140 1,580
9 Oregon $43,530 $34,080 2,390
10 North Carolina $36,000 $23,880 1,420
11 Alabama $33,420 $22,010 2,350
12 Minnesota $37,620 $27,600 410
13 Wisconsin $36,150 $25,780 450
14 Texas $37,840 $20,810 740
15 South Carolina $35,920 $23,280 1,540
16 Maine $36,820 $26,630 1,240
17 Colorado $38,190 $27,080 130
18 Florida $36,140 $21,220 1,070
19 Vermont $42,690 $27,120 140
20 South Dakota $36,840 $25,340 50
21 Ohio $33,640 $20,700 240
22 Michigan $30,230 $21,040 800
23 Indiana $30,610 $18,100 160
24 Kentucky $30,640 $20,990 340
25 Tennessee $29,820 $20,640 620
26 Virginia $32,390 $18,770 1,250
27 New Hampshire $35,410 $25,800 250
28 West Virginia $24,430 $17,380 570
29 Missouri $28,310 $17,220 190
30 California $41,970 $32,540 960
31 Pennsylvania $30,230 $20,710 500
32 Maryland $31,720 $21,380 100
33 New York $29,840 $22,010 330

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