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:
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.
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 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:
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.
Total Jobs: 640
Average Annual Salary: $49,500
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,310
Average Experienced Salary: $75,280
Location Quotient: 5.0
Total Jobs: 1,790
Average Annual Salary: $49,110
Average Entry Level Salary: $39,210
Average Experienced Salary: $61,430
Location Quotient: 3.03
Total Jobs: 1,930
Average Annual Salary: $34,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $22,880
Average Experienced Salary: $46,310
Location Quotient: 8.81
Total Jobs: 970
Average Annual Salary: $36,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $20,960
Average Experienced Salary: $58,100
Location Quotient: 4.17
Total Jobs: 390
Average Annual Salary: $40,720
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,590
Average Experienced Salary: $50,080
Location Quotient: 4.43
Total Jobs: 40
Average Annual Salary: $40,240
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,320
Average Experienced Salary: $60,290
Location Quotient: 0.68
Total Jobs: 1,200
Average Annual Salary: $37,420
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,470
Average Experienced Salary: $50,260
Location Quotient: 3.13
Total Jobs: 1,580
Average Annual Salary: $36,070
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,140
Average Experienced Salary: $48,440
Location Quotient: 1.94
Total Jobs: 2,390
Average Annual Salary: $43,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,080
Average Experienced Salary: $50,380
Location Quotient: 6.97
Total Jobs: 1,420
Average Annual Salary: $36,000
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,880
Average Experienced Salary: $52,490
Location Quotient: 1.74
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: