Tuition and fees, books and supplies, room and board, transportation, personal expenses. At first, these combined costs may seem overwhelming. They don’t have to be. With some planning and the willingness to investigate different schools, scholarships, grants, and bursaries, the cost of attending college or university can be more manageable than you might think. As a starting point for your research, here are the typical tuition costs for a mechanical engineering degree.

average yearly tuition as per the most recent US census data
$ 10,723 per year
Average in-state tuition in 2017

28% above average compared to other degrees

$ 26,720 per year
Average out-of-state tuition in 2017

33% above average compared to other degrees

$ 42,484 per year
Average private tuition in 2017

31% above average compared to other degrees

What do mechanical engineering graduates earn?

Mechanical engineering students make an average of $95,855 per year after graduation. This is 44% above average compared to other undergraduate degrees.

13% of mechanical engineering graduates are underpaid (those who make less than $40,000 per year.) This rate is low compared to other degrees across the country.

$ 95,855 per year
Average graduate salary in 2017

Top 93% of degrees

% of people underpaid in 2019

37% below average compared to other degrees


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