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 helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

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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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.


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

Finance and Insurance
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Administration
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Public Administration)