The 10 States With The Highest Machinist Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 5 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. New Mexico
  3. Delaware
  4. Utah
  5. North Dakota
  6. Louisiana
  7. Texas
  8. Tennessee
  9. Missouri
  10. Oklahoma

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

If you’re interested, you can read more about the job scene here:

How we determined pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for machinists from the 2018 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 $47450, so our index value would be:

$47,450 * (100 / 135.9) = $34,915

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 $56,819 $52,160 91.8
2 New Mexico $55,886 $53,930 96.5
3 Delaware $54,447 $55,210 101.4
4 Utah $53,053 $49,340 93.0
5 North Dakota $52,384 $52,070 99.4
6 Louisiana $51,856 $49,160 94.8
7 Texas $51,653 $46,850 90.7
8 Tennessee $51,196 $45,770 89.4
9 Missouri $51,028 $46,130 90.4
10 Oklahoma $50,112 $44,700 89.2
11 Washington $49,610 $52,190 105.2
12 Minnesota $49,484 $49,880 100.8
13 Arizona $49,285 $48,300 98.0
14 Indiana $49,284 $44,110 89.5
15 Alaska $48,985 $64,220 131.1
16 Alabama $48,848 $44,550 91.2
17 Mississippi $48,579 $41,730 85.9
18 Idaho $48,436 $44,610 92.1
19 Arkansas $48,427 $42,180 87.1
20 Kentucky $48,408 $43,810 90.5
21 Georgia $48,030 $43,900 91.4
22 Nebraska $47,336 $43,360 91.6
23 Kansas $47,130 $42,370 89.9
24 Michigan $47,056 $41,880 89.0
25 Colorado $46,445 $48,210 103.8
26 Maine $46,064 $51,040 110.8
27 Ohio $45,746 $42,910 93.8
28 North Carolina $45,654 $42,870 93.9
29 Montana $45,228 $45,590 100.8
30 Wisconsin $44,576 $43,150 96.8
31 Iowa $44,043 $40,080 91.0
32 Illinois $43,710 $41,350 94.6
33 Pennsylvania $43,678 $44,290 101.4
34 Florida $42,787 $42,060 98.3
35 Maryland $42,677 $53,560 125.5
36 Nevada $42,449 $43,850 103.3
37 Oregon $42,326 $48,930 115.6
38 New Hampshire $41,931 $49,060 117.0
39 New Jersey $41,148 $50,160 121.9
40 West Virginia $40,342 $37,680 93.4
41 Rhode Island $40,041 $48,330 120.7
42 Hawaii $39,809 $66,840 167.9
43 Connecticut $39,577 $50,540 127.7
44 Massachusetts $39,505 $52,700 133.4
45 South Carolina $38,921 $38,610 99.2
46 South Dakota $36,779 $38,140 103.7
47 Vermont $36,507 $44,210 121.1
48 New York $35,885 $47,010 131.0
49 California $34,915 $47,450 135.9
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