These Are The 10 States With The Highest Diesel Mechanic Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 8 months ago
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Without fail, in surveys across basically every demographic, the number one most important aspect of a job for most people is the salary — how much do diesel mechanics get paid where I live?

And while there are many things to go into how much you, specifically, can expect to make, there’s really good data for average salaries for diesel mechanics by state across America broken down by seniority level. So while your city may be slightly different than the state average, these averages give you a rough sense of what to expect for your salary.

To better understand how salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for diesel mechanics by state.

Additionally, we wanted to adjust the salary based on the cost of living in a state — because your salary goes further in North Carolina than it does in California.

The state with the best salary for diesel mechanics after this adjustment? That would be Bus And Truck Mechanics And Diesel Engine Specialists.

Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for salaries:

  1. Wyoming
  2. Nevada
  3. North Dakota
  4. Illinois
  5. Utah
  6. Washington
  7. Texas
  8. Georgia
  9. Tennessee
  10. Kansas

Let’s take a look at how we got here and a full ranking of all the states.

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How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for diesel mechanics from the 2016 Bureau of Labor Statistics — specifically their ‘Occupational Employment Statistics.’

To make the comparison of salaries apples to apples across states, we also took into account the cost of living in each state.

We then created an index by dividing the average wage for a state by the cost of living relative to average. As an example, the cost of living index in California is 135.9 and the average pay is $52780, so our index value would be:

$52,780 * (100 / 135.9) = $38,837

We then ranked every state on this criteria with the state with the highest salary index ranking as highest average salary for diesel mechanics.

Here’s a look at the full ranking for all states.

Detailed List Of Diesel Mechanic Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $60,076 $55,150 91.8
2 Nevada $53,533 $55,300 103.3
3 North Dakota $52,012 $51,700 99.4
4 Illinois $51,849 $49,050 94.6
5 Utah $51,139 $47,560 93.0
6 Washington $50,570 $53,200 105.2
7 Texas $50,429 $45,740 90.7
8 Georgia $49,059 $44,840 91.4
9 Tennessee $48,870 $43,690 89.4
10 Kansas $48,820 $43,890 89.9
11 Missouri $48,351 $43,710 90.4
12 Minnesota $48,253 $48,640 100.8
13 Delaware $48,205 $48,880 101.4
14 Michigan $48,134 $42,840 89.0
15 Alaska $47,833 $62,710 131.1
16 Colorado $47,745 $49,560 103.8
17 Oklahoma $47,645 $42,500 89.2
18 Indiana $47,486 $42,500 89.5
19 Ohio $47,398 $44,460 93.8
20 Nebraska $47,325 $43,350 91.6
21 Louisiana $46,983 $44,540 94.8
22 Wisconsin $46,859 $45,360 96.8
23 Florida $46,541 $45,750 98.3
24 North Carolina $46,144 $43,330 93.9
25 Virginia $45,664 $46,030 100.8
26 Iowa $45,505 $41,410 91.0
27 Kentucky $45,425 $41,110 90.5
28 Alabama $45,076 $41,110 91.2
29 New Jersey $44,708 $54,500 121.9
30 Arizona $44,469 $43,580 98.0
31 Arkansas $44,454 $38,720 87.1
32 New Mexico $44,414 $42,860 96.5
33 Idaho $44,071 $40,590 92.1
34 Pennsylvania $43,727 $44,340 101.4
35 Mississippi $43,399 $37,280 85.9
36 Montana $43,253 $43,600 100.8
37 Connecticut $42,607 $54,410 127.7
38 West Virginia $41,370 $38,640 93.4
39 Massachusetts $41,139 $54,880 133.4
40 Oregon $40,769 $47,130 115.6
41 South Carolina $40,756 $40,430 99.2
42 New York $40,603 $53,190 131.0
43 South Dakota $40,511 $42,010 103.7
44 New Hampshire $39,991 $46,790 117.0
45 Maine $38,971 $43,180 110.8
46 Maryland $38,932 $48,860 125.5
47 California $38,837 $52,780 135.9
48 Rhode Island $38,003 $45,870 120.7
49 Vermont $37,060 $44,880 121.1
50 Hawaii $33,061 $55,510 167.9