These Are The 10 States With The Highest Maintenance Technician Salaries For 2017

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, 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 maintenance technicians 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 maintenance technicians 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 maintenance technicians 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 maintenance technicians after this adjustment? That would be Industrial Machinery Mechanics.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. North Dakota
  3. Missouri
  4. Utah
  5. Texas
  6. Kansas
  7. Michigan
  8. Illinois
  9. Nevada
  10. Idaho

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 maintenance technicians 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 $56700, so our index value would be:

$56,700 * (100 / 135.9) = $41,721

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

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

Detailed List Of Maintenance Technician Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $67,342 $61,820 91.8
2 North Dakota $61,951 $61,580 99.4
3 Missouri $59,247 $53,560 90.4
4 Utah $58,419 $54,330 93.0
5 Texas $58,302 $52,880 90.7
6 Kansas $58,131 $52,260 89.9
7 Michigan $58,089 $51,700 89.0
8 Illinois $57,980 $54,850 94.6
9 Nevada $57,541 $59,440 103.3
10 Idaho $57,220 $52,700 92.1
11 Louisiana $56,582 $53,640 94.8
12 Oklahoma $56,502 $50,400 89.2
13 Colorado $56,069 $58,200 103.8
14 New Mexico $55,844 $53,890 96.5
15 Mississippi $55,646 $47,800 85.9
16 Indiana $55,530 $49,700 89.5
17 Alabama $55,493 $50,610 91.2
18 Washington $55,389 $58,270 105.2
19 Kentucky $55,215 $49,970 90.5
20 Montana $54,841 $55,280 100.8
21 Delaware $54,812 $55,580 101.4
22 Iowa $54,373 $49,480 91.0
23 Tennessee $54,261 $48,510 89.4
24 Arkansas $53,708 $46,780 87.1
25 Minnesota $53,005 $53,430 100.8
26 Wisconsin $52,376 $50,700 96.8
27 North Carolina $52,140 $48,960 93.9
28 Ohio $52,078 $48,850 93.8
29 Nebraska $51,932 $47,570 91.6
30 South Carolina $51,743 $51,330 99.2
31 Arizona $51,346 $50,320 98.0
32 Georgia $51,028 $46,640 91.4
33 Florida $49,206 $48,370 98.3
34 Virginia $49,156 $49,550 100.8
35 West Virginia $49,154 $45,910 93.4
36 Pennsylvania $49,003 $49,690 101.4
37 Oregon $48,356 $55,900 115.6
38 Alaska $46,842 $61,410 131.1
39 New Hampshire $46,829 $54,790 117.0
40 New Jersey $46,308 $56,450 121.9
41 Maine $45,821 $50,770 110.8
42 Connecticut $43,821 $55,960 127.7
43 South Dakota $43,519 $45,130 103.7
44 Rhode Island $43,198 $52,140 120.7
45 New York $41,816 $54,780 131.0
46 California $41,721 $56,700 135.9
47 Maryland $41,697 $52,330 125.5
48 Massachusetts $41,559 $55,440 133.4
49 Vermont $40,966 $49,610 121.1
50 Hawaii $35,425 $59,480 167.9

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