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

Chris Kolmar
by Chris Kolmar
Rankings, Salaries - 10 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 sheet metal 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 sheet metal 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 sheet metal 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 sheet metal mechanics after this adjustment? That would be Sheet Metal Workers.

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

  1. Illinois
  2. Missouri
  3. Minnesota
  4. Alaska
  5. Washington
  6. Michigan
  7. Kansas
  8. West Virginia
  9. Delaware
  10. Wisconsin

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 sheet metal mechanics 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 $59000, so our index value would be:

$59,000 * (100 / 135.9) = $43,414

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

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

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Detailed List Of Sheet Metal Mechanic Salaries By State

Rank State Adjusted Salary Average Wage Cost Of Living
1 Illinois $79,164 $74,890 94.6
2 Missouri $65,862 $59,540 90.4
3 Minnesota $64,623 $65,140 100.8
4 Alaska $59,771 $78,360 131.1
5 Washington $59,467 $62,560 105.2
6 Michigan $57,820 $51,460 89.0
7 Kansas $56,218 $50,540 89.9
8 West Virginia $55,342 $51,690 93.4
9 Delaware $54,132 $54,890 101.4
10 Wisconsin $54,121 $52,390 96.8
11 Pennsylvania $53,964 $54,720 101.4
12 Indiana $53,810 $48,160 89.5
13 Oklahoma $53,688 $47,890 89.2
14 Nebraska $53,144 $48,680 91.6
15 New Jersey $51,985 $63,370 121.9
16 Ohio $51,364 $48,180 93.8
17 Iowa $51,351 $46,730 91.0
18 Utah $50,010 $46,510 93.0
19 Kentucky $49,977 $45,230 90.5
20 Tennessee $49,944 $44,650 89.4
21 New York $49,541 $64,900 131.0
22 North Dakota $49,527 $49,230 99.4
23 Montana $49,047 $49,440 100.8
24 Massachusetts $48,553 $64,770 133.4
25 Wyoming $48,061 $44,120 91.8
26 Georgia $47,691 $43,590 91.4
27 Virginia $46,438 $46,810 100.8
28 New Mexico $45,523 $43,930 96.5
29 Arizona $45,285 $44,380 98.0
30 Nevada $44,859 $46,340 103.3
31 Texas $44,189 $40,080 90.7
32 Colorado $43,882 $45,550 103.8
33 Oregon $43,737 $50,560 115.6
34 Mississippi $43,667 $37,510 85.9
35 California $43,414 $59,000 135.9
36 Louisiana $43,175 $40,930 94.8
37 Rhode Island $43,123 $52,050 120.7
38 Arkansas $42,893 $37,360 87.1
39 Alabama $42,116 $38,410 91.2
40 Connecticut $41,558 $53,070 127.7
41 Maine $41,498 $45,980 110.8
42 Idaho $41,346 $38,080 92.1
43 Maryland $40,653 $51,020 125.5
44 New Hampshire $39,965 $46,760 117.0
45 Hawaii $39,934 $67,050 167.9
46 Florida $39,104 $38,440 98.3
47 Vermont $38,810 $47,000 121.1
48 South Carolina $38,528 $38,220 99.2
49 South Dakota $38,052 $39,460 103.7
50 North Carolina $37,827 $35,520 93.9