The 10 States With The Highest Mechanic Salaries For 2019

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
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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 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 Bus And Truck Mechanics And Diesel Engine Specialists.

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Illinois
  3. Nevada
  4. North Dakota
  5. Texas
  6. Washington
  7. Utah
  8. Michigan
  9. Minnesota
  10. Montana

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 mechanics 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 $56830, so our index value would be:

$56,830 * (100 / 135.9) = $41,817

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.

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Detailed List Of Mechanic Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Wyoming $58,148 $53,380 91.8
2 Illinois $56,331 $53,290 94.6
3 Nevada $55,421 $57,250 103.3
4 North Dakota $54,406 $54,080 99.4
5 Texas $53,417 $48,450 90.7
6 Washington $53,070 $55,830 105.2
7 Utah $52,000 $48,360 93.0
8 Michigan $51,606 $45,930 89.0
9 Minnesota $51,071 $51,480 100.8
10 Montana $50,753 $51,160 100.8
11 Alaska $50,556 $66,280 131.1
12 Georgia $50,459 $46,120 91.4
13 Colorado $50,433 $52,350 103.8
14 Louisiana $50,295 $47,680 94.8
15 Tennessee $50,212 $44,890 89.4
16 Missouri $50,132 $45,320 90.4
17 Ohio $50,000 $46,900 93.8
18 Indiana $49,899 $44,660 89.5
19 Oklahoma $49,708 $44,340 89.2
20 Wisconsin $49,659 $48,070 96.8
21 Kansas $49,132 $44,170 89.9
22 Delaware $48,767 $49,450 101.4
23 North Carolina $48,253 $45,310 93.9
24 Virginia $48,085 $48,470 100.8
25 Alabama $48,059 $43,830 91.2
26 Kentucky $47,889 $43,340 90.5
27 Arizona $47,591 $46,640 98.0
28 Nebraska $47,445 $43,460 91.6
29 Florida $47,416 $46,610 98.3
30 Iowa $47,252 $43,000 91.0
31 Idaho $46,438 $42,770 92.1
32 Arkansas $46,429 $40,440 87.1
33 Pennsylvania $46,311 $46,960 101.4
34 New Jersey $45,529 $55,500 121.9
35 Connecticut $45,465 $58,060 127.7
36 South Carolina $45,272 $44,910 99.2
37 New Mexico $45,098 $43,520 96.5
38 Mississippi $45,052 $38,700 85.9
39 New Hampshire $44,649 $52,240 117.0
40 Massachusetts $44,460 $59,310 133.4
41 Oregon $44,117 $51,000 115.6
42 New York $42,244 $55,340 131.0
43 West Virginia $42,226 $39,440 93.4
44 South Dakota $41,947 $43,500 103.7
45 California $41,817 $56,830 135.9
46 Maryland $41,346 $51,890 125.5
47 Rhode Island $41,110 $49,620 120.7
48 Maine $40,189 $44,530 110.8
49 Vermont $38,563 $46,700 121.1
50 Hawaii $34,240 $57,490 167.9
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