Salary for Mechanical Engineers

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Also known as:  Auto Research Engineer, Combustion Engineer, Engine Designer, Heating and Cooling Systems Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Tool and Die Engineer, Tool Engineer

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Mechanical engineering is a broad field. Individuals in this profession design, build, install and repair mechanical devices to accomplish the needs of clients. They may use software programs such as AutoCAD in this process, and need to know how to read blueprints, computer generated reports, technical drawings and schematics. In addition, these professionals may review and research the function of specific mechanical devices, and suggest modifications to improve performance and/or cut costs. Bachelor's or Master's degrees are expected in this field, but some mechanical engineers do not pursue education beyond an Associate's degree.

A Mechanical Engineer can receive salaries ranging between $58,410 to $141,060 based on education and experience. can get wages of ninety-five thousand five hundred and sixty dollars on a yearly basis.

obtain the highest pay in New Mexico, where they receive salary pay of about $117,180. They have the best average pay in Finance and Insurance, where they earn pay of $115,800.

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SALARY TREND

The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.26 percent nationwide in that time.

INDUSTRIES

Mechanical Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Finance and Insurance
$115,800
Utilities
$113,330
Information
$102,880
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
$102,570
Public Administration
$102,510
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$101,280

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
$70,650
Accommodation and Food Services
$73,350
Health Care and Social Assistance
$79,330
Retail Trade
$82,360
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$87,950
Other Services (except Public Administration)
$89,210