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See How Much Plumbers, HVAC Technicians & Electricians Are Paid in Oregon
The United States is currently in the grip of a shortage of professionals. Across the board, the country does not have enough qualified electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and carpenters to meet demand. An recent research found that many of the most in-demand jobs go unfilled for at least a month. This is because millions of Americans laid off during the early days of the coronavirus are looking for work.
That said, not all job markets are created equal. While it should be fairly easy to find work in all 50 states, how much that work pays varies by state. To find the states where home health care workers are paid the most, ServiceTitan June 2020 analyzed data from Pay rate. The average salary of a home health care worker was calculated by averaging the wages of entry-level, high school, and senior-level employees in each state. HVAC technicians, plumbers and electricians were all included in the dataset, which can be seen nationwide here.
Oregon by the numbers
– Average annual salary: $54,800 ($26.35 per hour)
— Plumbers: $53,567 ($25.75 per hour)
– Plumber pay increase from entry to senior level: $13,800 ($6.63 per hour)
— HVAC Technician: $54,500 ($26.20 per hour)
— HVAC Technician pay increase from entry to senior level: $16,300 ($7.84 per hour)
— Electrician: $56,333 ($27.08 per hour)
— Salary increase for entry-level to senior electricians: $16,800 ($8.08 per hour)
On the other hand, Oregon has a high cost of living. It is the fifth most expensive state in the nation, cost 31.43% more than the national average. As a result, the salaries of these merchant workers, while high, don’t stretch as far as they do in other states. Portland is extremely expensive, with the cost of living so much higher than the rest of the Oregon state minimum wage is higher in the city than in rural counties where the cost of living is significantly lower. Plumbers, HVAC technicians and electricians — as well as workers in many other industries — need to consider this large discrepancy in the cost of living across the state when deciding where to locate.
Still, home health workers do well in Oregon compared to other states. Oregon is the fifth highest paying electrician in the US according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, while the Central Oregon region is in the top five for the plumber’s wages. The regions of Central Oregon and the East Cascades are also expected to see a huge increase in the number of jobs available to electricians—31.3% and 23.3%, respectively– making them smart places to look as salaries may be even higher due to demand.
Take a look at the statistics below to find out where your talents are valued most and least, and to better assess whether it’s worth making a career move.
States that pay home care workers the most
#1. Alaska: $61,156 average annual salary ($29.40 per hour)
#2. Massachusetts: $59,700 average annual salary ($28.70 per hour)
#3. California: $59,511 average annual salary ($28.61 per hour)
States that pay home care workers the least
#1. Arkansas: $47,944 average annual salary ($23.05 per hour)
#2. West Virginia: $48,178 average annual salary ($23.16 per hour)
#3. Idaho: $49,433 average annual salary ($23.77 per hour)
This story originally appeared on ServiceTitan and was produced and distributed in association with Stacker Studio.