Mechanical engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Mechanical engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $114,450
New Mexico $111,320
Maryland $100,850
California $101,430
Alaska $103,529
Delaware $103,230
Texas $94,580
Colorado $92,980
Louisiana $93,820
Virginia $93,990
Massachusetts $93,630
New Hampshire $91,230
Washington $90,510
New Jersey $92,510
Vermont $86,830
Rhode Island $88,320
Connecticut $88,090
South Carolina $89,070
Maine $87,930
New York $87,470
Kentucky $84,380
Michigan $87,790
Arizona $85,604
Alabama $85,580
Idaho $83,567
Nevada $86,860
Kansas $82,210
Oklahoma $84,200
Utah $87,190
Tennessee $83,540
Florida $83,160
North Carolina $82,730
Hawaii $81,730
Minnesota $82,110
Oregon $82,680
Mississippi $81,680
Missouri $80,090
Illinois $78,144
Georgia $81,660
Wyoming $84,760
West Virginia $80,030
Iowa $76,449
Ohio $77,450
Nebraska $76,120
Indiana $74,906
Wisconsin $76,140
Montana $72,310
South Dakota $73,860
North Dakota $71,670
Pennsylvania $67,920
Arkansas $65,770
Guam $48,600
Puerto Rico $50,630

How much does a Mechanical Engineer earn?

Mechanical engineering salaries vary quite a bit depending on what region they are working in, what industry, and how much experience they have. There are other factors that will influence the salary of a mechanical engineer as well, including what company they work for and whether they are in a contract or permanent position.

Entry-level mechanical engineers holding bachelor's degrees earned average annual starting salaries of $61,300, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers' Spring 2012 Salary Survey. NACE reported that mechanical engineers with a master's degree started at an average of $75,700 - significantly more than the average starting salary of mechanical engineers with a bachelor's degree.

According to the 2012 Engineering Income and Salary Survey, the five services or industries having the highest median salaries among the bottom 10 percent of wage earners were gas utilities at $73,000, followed by petroleum/natural gas products at $70,500; electric utilities at $70,084; chemical, pharmaceutical and allied products, $68,250; and utilities, other or mixed, $65,484.

According to findings published by the BLS, mechanical engineers working in the Southwest and Northeast earned the highest average pay, while those in the Midwest earned the least. Alaska was the highest-paying state in 2012, where mechanical engineers made an average of $103,840 per year. California ranked second at $94,420, and Rhode Island ranked third at $92,820. The lowest average pay was reported in Wisconsin, where mechanical engineers earned an average of $69,610.

How do mechanical engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Mechanical engineers earn about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than mining and geological engineers but more than agricultural engineers.

Career Median Salary
Mining and geological engineer salary $92K
Environmental engineer salary $88K
Biomedical engineer salary $89K
Product safety engineer salary $89K
Computer systems engineer salary $90K
Mechanical engineer salary $87K
Water engineer salary $88K
Industrial engineer salary $87K
Civil engineer salary $78K
Agricultural engineer salary $77K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)