Mechanics are one of the most common jobs in America. Additionally, a significant number of people work as mechanics in every state in the union — it’s not like they are all just concentrated in California or the South.
Since mechanics are such a prominent occupation, we at Zippia wanted to look at where 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 mechanics.
After all the numbers had been crunched, we were left with this list of the best of best for America’s mechanics:
So there you have it — Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers, All Other is the best of the best when it comes to being a mechanic.
How did Installation, Maintenance, And Repair Workers, All Other end up here and does it really deserve this ranking? Read on to see how we completed our research on the best states for 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 mechanics in America we needed to figure out where the jobs are and how well 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 mechanics in California is $41,870 and the average salary in Illinois is $50,470, 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 mechanics in America.
So without further ado, let’s get into just what made each state so great for mechanics.
Total Jobs: 470
Average Annual Salary: $76,900
Average Entry Level Salary: $41,150
Average Experienced Salary: $120,410
Location Quotient: 1.4
Total Jobs: 10,720
Average Annual Salary: $50,470
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,250
Average Experienced Salary: $81,790
Location Quotient: 1.74
Total Jobs: 430
Average Annual Salary: $49,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,130
Average Experienced Salary: $73,840
Location Quotient: 0.97
Total Jobs: 2,290
Average Annual Salary: $47,870
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,990
Average Experienced Salary: $74,410
Location Quotient: 1.73
Total Jobs: 3,190
Average Annual Salary: $51,790
Average Entry Level Salary: $31,700
Average Experienced Salary: $73,370
Location Quotient: 1.0
Total Jobs: 3,740
Average Annual Salary: $43,960
Average Entry Level Salary: $25,540
Average Experienced Salary: $69,500
Location Quotient: 1.35
Total Jobs: 3,570
Average Annual Salary: $43,060
Average Entry Level Salary: $21,700
Average Experienced Salary: $70,200
Location Quotient: 1.78
Total Jobs: 2,700
Average Annual Salary: $44,530
Average Entry Level Salary: $23,170
Average Experienced Salary: $69,510
Location Quotient: 0.61
Total Jobs: 590
Average Annual Salary: $46,130
Average Entry Level Salary: $26,750
Average Experienced Salary: $59,210
Location Quotient: 0.5
Total Jobs: 1,230
Average Annual Salary: $40,280
Average Entry Level Salary: $24,550
Average Experienced Salary: $61,410
Location Quotient: 0.74
If you’re looking to start out your career as a 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 a mechanic in America: