Auto technicians getting ready to graduate from training programs, or established technicians looking for new opportunities can now compare data to see which U.S. states might be the best fit for them.
The website FindTheBestCarPrice.com compiled data from all 50 states and Washington, D.C. examining such factors as the number of people working as technicians, auto technician jobs per 1,000 jobs, annual median salary and the cost of living. Each state is ranked on how well it fares overall.
Oklahoma is the top state for technicians looking for work. Median annual salary for auto techs there is $46,180 — almost $10,000 more than the median pay across all jobs in the state. Additionally, Oklahoma has the second-lowest cost of living of all 50 states, and job opportunities for technicians are better than average, with 4.9 mechanic jobs per 1,000 jobs.