These Are The 10 States With The Highest Engine 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 engine 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 engine 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 engine 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 engine mechanics after this adjustment? That would be Mechanical Engineers.

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

  1. Texas
  2. New Mexico
  3. Louisiana
  4. Mississippi
  5. Michigan
  6. Delaware
  7. Illinois
  8. Alabama
  9. Virginia
  10. Arizona

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 engine 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 $102650, so our index value would be:

$102,650 * (100 / 135.9) = $75,533

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

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

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Detailed List Of Engine Mechanic Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Texas $113,627 $103,060 90.7
2 New Mexico $112,062 $108,140 96.5
3 Louisiana $109,725 $104,020 94.8
4 Mississippi $103,678 $89,060 85.9
5 Michigan $99,662 $88,700 89.0
6 Delaware $98,441 $99,820 101.4
7 Illinois $97,558 $92,290 94.6
8 Alabama $97,149 $88,600 91.2
9 Virginia $97,142 $97,920 100.8
10 Arizona $96,857 $94,920 98.0
11 Tennessee $95,950 $85,780 89.4
12 Colorado $94,942 $98,550 103.8
13 Wyoming $92,799 $85,190 91.8
14 Missouri $92,754 $83,850 90.4
15 Kentucky $91,867 $83,140 90.5
16 Oklahoma $91,031 $81,200 89.2
17 Georgia $90,437 $82,660 91.4
18 West Virginia $89,850 $83,920 93.4
19 North Carolina $89,744 $84,270 93.9
20 South Carolina $89,485 $88,770 99.2
21 Nevada $88,470 $91,390 103.3
22 Washington $88,469 $93,070 105.2
23 Utah $88,182 $82,010 93.0
24 Florida $87,568 $86,080 98.3
25 Idaho $87,296 $80,400 92.1
26 Kansas $86,740 $77,980 89.9
27 Nebraska $86,026 $78,800 91.6
28 Arkansas $85,396 $74,380 87.1
29 Pennsylvania $85,078 $86,270 101.4
30 Indiana $84,871 $75,960 89.5
31 Ohio $83,976 $78,770 93.8
32 Iowa $83,549 $76,030 91.0
33 Minnesota $82,053 $82,710 100.8
34 Maine $81,723 $90,550 110.8
35 Wisconsin $78,378 $75,870 96.8
36 Montana $77,976 $78,600 100.8
37 Maryland $77,904 $97,770 125.5
38 New Jersey $76,759 $93,570 121.9
39 Rhode Island $75,882 $91,590 120.7
40 California $75,533 $102,650 135.9
41 New Hampshire $74,393 $87,040 117.0
42 North Dakota $74,325 $73,880 99.4
43 Oregon $74,299 $85,890 115.6
44 Massachusetts $70,839 $94,500 133.4
45 South Dakota $70,665 $73,280 103.7
46 Vermont $69,669 $84,370 121.1
47 Connecticut $67,956 $86,780 127.7
48 New York $67,274 $88,130 131.0
49 Hawaii $48,618 $81,630 167.9