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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 1 year 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 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 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 mechanic salaries change across America, we decided to take a look the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics on average pay for 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 mechanics after this adjustment? That would be Alaska. Here’s a quick snapshot of the top ten states for mechanic salaries:

  1. Alaska
  2. Idaho
  3. Mississippi
  4. Illinois
  5. Michigan
  6. North Dakota
  7. Washington
  8. Wyoming
  9. West Virginia
  10. Arkansas

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 mechanic pay by state

As we mentioned earlier, we took the average annual salary data for mechanics from the 2015 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 $41,870, so our index value would be:

$41,870 * (100 / 135.9) = $30,809

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

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

Detailed List Of Mechanic Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Alaska $58,657 $76,900 131.1
2 Idaho $57,817 $53,250 92.1
3 Mississippi $53,701 $46,130 85.9
4 Illinois $53,350 $50,470 94.6
5 Michigan $50,033 $44,530 89.0
6 North Dakota $49,456 $49,160 99.4
7 Washington $49,230 $51,790 105.2
8 Wyoming $48,333 $44,370 91.8
9 West Virginia $47,473 $44,340 93.4
10 Arkansas $47,359 $41,250 87.1
11 Nevada $46,340 $47,870 103.3
12 Missouri $45,719 $41,330 90.4
13 Louisiana $45,421 $43,060 94.8
14 Wisconsin $45,392 $43,940 96.8
15 Nebraska $45,196 $41,400 91.6
16 Oklahoma $45,156 $40,280 89.2
17 Pennsylvania $45,009 $45,640 101.4
18 Arizona $44,857 $43,960 98.0
19 North Carolina $43,791 $41,120 93.9
20 South Carolina $43,649 $43,300 99.2
21 Kansas $43,526 $39,130 89.9
22 Virginia $43,472 $43,820 100.8
23 Minnesota $43,134 $43,480 100.8
24 Iowa $42,681 $38,840 91.0
25 New Mexico $42,642 $41,150 96.5
26 Alabama $42,434 $38,700 91.2
27 Indiana $42,189 $37,760 89.5
28 Ohio $42,057 $39,450 93.8
29 Texas $41,995 $38,090 90.7
30 South Dakota $41,890 $43,440 103.7
31 Tennessee $41,465 $37,070 89.4
32 Delaware $40,857 $41,430 101.4
33 Utah $40,795 $37,940 93.0
34 Montana $39,563 $39,880 100.8
35 Kentucky $39,049 $35,340 90.5
36 Georgia $38,884 $35,540 91.4
37 Oregon $37,344 $43,170 115.6
38 Colorado $37,292 $38,710 103.8
39 Connecticut $36,491 $46,600 127.7
40 New Hampshire $36,470 $42,670 117.0
41 Florida $35,544 $34,940 98.3
42 Maine $35,415 $39,240 110.8
43 New Jersey $35,209 $42,920 121.9
44 Vermont $33,625 $40,720 121.1
45 Hawaii $33,120 $55,610 167.9
46 Maryland $32,629 $40,950 125.5
47 Massachusetts $32,436 $43,270 133.4
48 Rhode Island $32,029 $38,660 120.7
49 California $30,809 $41,870 135.9
50 New York $30,572 $40,050 131.0