These Are The 10 States With The Highest Machinist Salaries For 2017

We used the most recent data to determine the states that pay machinists the best.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings, Salaries - 3 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 machinists 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 machinists 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 machinists 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 machinists after this adjustment? That would be Machinists.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Louisiana
  3. Delaware
  4. Utah
  5. New Mexico
  6. Mississippi
  7. Texas
  8. Oklahoma
  9. Washington
  10. Tennessee

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 machinists 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 $44870, so our index value would be:

$44,870 * (100 / 135.9) = $33,016

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

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

Detailed List Of Machinist Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $52,875 $48,540 91.8
2 Louisiana $52,215 $49,500 94.8
3 Delaware $51,005 $51,720 101.4
4 Utah $50,430 $46,900 93.0
5 New Mexico $49,533 $47,800 96.5
6 Mississippi $48,486 $41,650 85.9
7 Texas $48,368 $43,870 90.7
8 Oklahoma $48,161 $42,960 89.2
9 Washington $48,051 $50,550 105.2
10 Tennessee $48,031 $42,940 89.4
11 Missouri $47,300 $42,760 90.4
12 Georgia $47,155 $43,100 91.4
13 Minnesota $47,003 $47,380 100.8
14 Kansas $46,985 $42,240 89.9
15 Idaho $46,655 $42,970 92.1
16 Alabama $46,348 $42,270 91.2
17 Kentucky $46,243 $41,850 90.5
18 Michigan $46,235 $41,150 89.0
19 Alaska $46,132 $60,480 131.1
20 Arkansas $45,579 $39,700 87.1
21 Ohio $45,405 $42,590 93.8
22 Indiana $45,374 $40,610 89.5
23 North Dakota $44,828 $44,560 99.4
24 Virginia $44,513 $44,870 100.8
25 Nebraska $44,246 $40,530 91.6
26 Arizona $44,030 $43,150 98.0
27 Colorado $43,757 $45,420 103.8
28 Wisconsin $43,192 $41,810 96.8
29 Montana $42,896 $43,240 100.8
30 North Carolina $42,555 $39,960 93.9
31 Iowa $42,461 $38,640 91.0
32 Illinois $41,754 $39,500 94.6
33 Oregon $41,704 $48,210 115.6
34 Maine $41,480 $45,960 110.8
35 Pennsylvania $41,331 $41,910 101.4
36 South Carolina $41,018 $40,690 99.2
37 West Virginia $40,631 $37,950 93.4
38 Nevada $40,571 $41,910 103.3
39 New Jersey $40,516 $49,390 121.9
40 Florida $40,467 $39,780 98.3
41 Maryland $39,529 $49,610 125.5
42 New Hampshire $39,444 $46,150 117.0
43 Connecticut $38,566 $49,250 127.7
44 Massachusetts $36,731 $49,000 133.4
45 Vermont $36,589 $44,310 121.1
46 South Dakota $35,805 $37,130 103.7
47 Rhode Island $35,766 $43,170 120.7
48 Hawaii $34,407 $57,770 167.9
49 New York $33,977 $44,510 131.0
50 California $33,016 $44,870 135.9

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