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After graduation, mechanical engineering graduates typically earn high salaries compared to the national average. Top earners make $123,803, while the bottom 20% make closer to $55,510. The median grad salary is $82,900.
Mechanical Engineering graduate salaries over time
The typical early career salary for someone with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering is $60,309, and within five years of graduation, this average salary goes up to $71,777.
This chart maps the average workforce wage by years of experience:
Highest paying jobs for mechanical engineering graduates
As per most recent US census
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