The 10 Best States For Mechanics In 2019

Chris Kolmar
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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:

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Texas
  4. Minnesota
  5. Montana
  6. Illinois
  7. Michigan
  8. Washington
  9. Nevada
  10. Indiana

So there you have it — Bus And Truck Mechanics And Diesel Engine Specialists is the best of the best when it comes to being a mechanic.

How did Bus And Truck Mechanics And Diesel Engine Specialists 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:

How we determined the best states to be a 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 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 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 mechanics in California is $56,830 and the average salary in Illinois is $53,290, 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.

1. Wyoming

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 930
Average Annual Salary: $53,380
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,370
Average Experienced Salary: $76,800
Location Quotient: 1.88

2. North Dakota

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,360
Average Annual Salary: $54,080
Average Entry Level Salary: $36,020
Average Experienced Salary: $77,480
Location Quotient: 1.78

3. Texas

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 27,960
Average Annual Salary: $48,450
Average Entry Level Salary: $30,600
Average Experienced Salary: $69,670
Location Quotient: 1.26

4. Minnesota

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 7,020
Average Annual Salary: $51,480
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,390
Average Experienced Salary: $71,860
Location Quotient: 1.34

5. Montana

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,050
Average Annual Salary: $51,160
Average Entry Level Salary: $34,860
Average Experienced Salary: $70,620
Location Quotient: 1.24

6. Illinois

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 10,120
Average Annual Salary: $53,290
Average Entry Level Salary: $32,320
Average Experienced Salary: $79,080
Location Quotient: 0.92

7. Michigan

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 9,360
Average Annual Salary: $45,930
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,640
Average Experienced Salary: $63,570
Location Quotient: 1.18

8. Washington

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 6,120
Average Annual Salary: $55,830
Average Entry Level Salary: $35,520
Average Experienced Salary: $77,920
Location Quotient: 1.03

9. Nevada

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 1,740
Average Annual Salary: $57,250
Average Entry Level Salary: $37,480
Average Experienced Salary: $78,450
Location Quotient: 0.71

10. Indiana

Best States For Mechanics

Source: Wikipedia

Total Jobs: 8,230
Average Annual Salary: $44,660
Average Entry Level Salary: $29,500
Average Experienced Salary: $61,570
Location Quotient: 1.48

There You Have It – The Best States To Be A Mechanic

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:

  1. Hawaii
  2. Rhode Island
  3. California

Detailed List Of The Best States For mechanics

Rank State Average Salary Entry Level Salary # Of People
1 Wyoming $53,380 $35,370 930
2 North Dakota $54,080 $36,020 1,360
3 Texas $48,450 $30,600 27,960
4 Minnesota $51,480 $34,390 7,020
5 Montana $51,160 $34,860 1,050
6 Illinois $53,290 $32,320 10,120
7 Michigan $45,930 $29,640 9,360
8 Washington $55,830 $35,520 6,120
9 Nevada $57,250 $37,480 1,740
10 Indiana $44,660 $29,500 8,230
11 Utah $48,360 $33,010 2,600
12 Tennessee $44,890 $29,960 6,410
13 Oklahoma $44,340 $28,310 3,770
14 Alaska $66,280 $42,980 680
15 Colorado $52,350 $32,970 4,610
16 Alabama $43,830 $28,300 5,080
17 Wisconsin $48,070 $33,350 5,990
18 Ohio $46,900 $31,820 9,540
19 Missouri $45,320 $27,670 5,850
20 Georgia $46,120 $27,990 7,510
21 Nebraska $43,460 $29,130 2,300
22 Kansas $44,170 $28,440 2,740
23 North Carolina $45,310 $31,220 8,830
24 Arkansas $40,440 $27,530 3,380
25 Iowa $43,000 $26,640 4,110
26 Kentucky $43,340 $28,710 3,670
27 Arizona $46,640 $31,420 4,320
28 Delaware $49,450 $34,960 660
29 Idaho $42,770 $28,460 1,570
30 Virginia $48,470 $32,930 6,450
31 Louisiana $47,680 $28,300 2,620
32 Pennsylvania $46,960 $30,690 13,260
33 Florida $46,610 $31,140 12,880
34 Mississippi $38,700 $19,280 2,520
35 West Virginia $39,440 $25,120 2,090
36 New Mexico $43,520 $29,130 1,530
37 New Jersey $55,500 $34,730 8,590
38 South Dakota $43,500 $32,020 930
39 South Carolina $44,910 $29,070 3,620
40 New Hampshire $52,240 $36,020 1,140
41 Oregon $51,000 $34,170 3,680
42 Vermont $46,700 $33,460 680
43 Maine $44,530 $32,410 1,300
44 Connecticut $58,060 $37,220 2,150
45 Massachusetts $59,310 $36,390 4,650
46 New York $55,340 $33,140 12,840
47 Maryland $51,890 $31,420 3,800
48 California $56,830 $33,840 21,320
49 Rhode Island $49,620 $32,300 420
50 Hawaii $57,490 $36,730 800
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