Career Attributes

  • $77,017
  • 288,800
  • 3.1
  • 8.8%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Mechanical Engineering
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How much does a Mechanical Engineer make in the United States?

Average Mechanical Engineer Yearly Salary in the United States

Mechanical Engineers earn an average yearly salary of $77,018. Salaries typically start from $38,112 and go up to $113,277.

Average Mechanical Engineer Hourly Wage in the United States

Mechanical Engineers earn an average hourly wage of $37.03. Hourly wages typically start from $18.32 and go up to $54.46.

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

These numbers may vary depending on several factors, like level of education, amount of experience, industry, company size and location.

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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.

Employment Type Mix

92%
Full-Time
8%
Part-Time

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Mechanical Engineer demographics

Salary Satisfaction

3.4
SCORE
1345
RATINGS
Mechanical Engineers average a score of 3.4 out of 5 on our salary satisfaction scale. This places Mechanical Engineers in the 84th percentile of salary satisfaction.

Source: CareerExplorer user data. View more Mechanical Engineer satisfaction

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Mechanical Engineer Earnings by Seniority

Top End Mechanical Engineer Earnings

The highest earning Mechanical Engineers in the United States earn:

$54.46
an hour
$113,277.0
per year
Senior Mechanical Engineer Earnings

Senior Mechanical Engineers in the United States earn:

$43.84
an hour
$91,193.4
per year
Experienced Mechanical Engineer Earnings

Experienced Mechanical Engineers in the United States earn:

$35.18
an hour
$73,177.7
per year
Junior Mechanical Engineer Earnings

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States earn:

$27.48
an hour
$57,155.5
per year
Starting Mechanical Engineer Earnings

Starting Mechanical Engineers in the United States earn:

$18.32
an hour
$38,112.0
per year

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison

Mechanical Engineers earn more than 20% percent of similar careers in the United States.

Engineer Salary $81k
Environmental Engineer Salary $80k
Ship Engineer Salary $77k
Agricultural Engineer Salary $77k
Industrial Engineer Salary $77k
Mechanical Engineer Salary $77k
Civil Engineer Salary $72k
Locomotive Engineer Salary $65k
Geodesist Salary $65k
Power Engineer Salary $62k
Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)

Mechanical Engineer salary by state

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State Hourly Wage Annual Salary Rank
Mechanical Engineer Salary in United States $37.03 $77,017.6 # 1
Mechanical Engineer Salary in California $36.84 $76,621.2 # 2
Mechanical Engineer Salary in Texas $35.95 $74,768 # 3
Mechanical Engineer Salary in Illinois $32.51 $67,619.0 # 4
Mechanical Engineer Salary in Massachusetts $27.98 $58,196 # 5

Career Attributes

  • $77,017
  • 288,800
  • 3.1
  • 8.8%
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Mechanical Engineering
More Attributes