According to NerdWallet, computer programmers flock to Silicon Valley, financial professionals to New York and entertainers to Los Angeles. But if you’re an engineer looking for a new job, head to Kern County.
NerdWallet ranked the best metropolitan areas in the country for engineers, and Kern’s Bakersfield MSA ranked second in California, just behind San Jose. Kern also ranked high for mean salary and engineers per 1,000 employees.
The following factors were analyzed in 350 of the largest U.S. metropolitan areas:
- Size of the engineering industry: We looked at the number of engineers per 1,000 employees in each metro area, using 2013 data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Income levels for engineering jobs: We looked at the annual mean salary for engineering jobs in each area. We also considered the median gross rent as a cost of living metric to see how far the average income goes in each place.
Overall Rank in U.S.
Engineers per 1,000 Employees
Best Places for Engineers
|Rank||Metro Area||State||Engineers per 1,000 Employees||Mean Engineering Salary||Median Gross Rent||Overall Score|
|5||San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara||CA||44.877||119,709.53||1640||55.53|
|11||Crestview-Fort Walton Beach-Destin||FL||27.435||91,842.71||966||48.6|
All 20 locations have larger engineering industries than the national average of 12 engineers for every 1,000 employees. Engineers in 13 of our top 20 places earn more than the national mean engineering salary, which is $92,170, and 14 places have lower median rents than the average U.S. metro area, which is $905 a month.