Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States take home an average $59K annually. With some bonuses approaching $5K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $10K, overall incomes of Junior Mechanical Engineers spread between $37K and $72K depending on individual performance. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. There are far more male Junior Mechanical Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 89 percent. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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$41,875 - $72,857
$42K
$59K
$73K
MEDIAN: $58,757
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50%
90%

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$14.28 - $29.81
$14
$19
$30
MEDIAN: $19.33
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90%

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$0$72K
Salary $41,875 - $72,857
Bonus $0.00 - $5,024
Profit Sharing $766 - $10,161
Total Pay (?
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$36,954 - $72,411
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 303
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $14.28 - $29.81
Overtime $17.62 - $44.70
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,024
Profit Sharing $766 - $10,161
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$36,954 - $72,411
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 67

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Job Description for Junior Mechanical Engineer

A junior mechanical engineer holds an entry-level position on the path to becoming a senior mechanical engineer. Generally, a junior mechanical engineer works under the supervision of a senior mechanical engineer and reports to the company's director of engineering. In most environments, junior mechanical engineers are responsible for creating detailed designs, drawings, and technical documentation of mechanical components of a project. Although they work under the supervision of a senior colleague, junior mechanical engineers work alongside junior and senior mechanical engineers to complete projects. However, in some situations, junior level mechanical engineers work independently to complete work assignments.

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Junior Mechanical Engineer Tasks

  • Provide technical design support to engineering team.
  • Prepare detailed reports to demonstrate technical progress and accomplishments on projects.
  • Resolve product development issues through creative testing and re-engineering.
  • Perform necessary technical calculations and testing to ensure functional and sound work-product.

Common Career Paths for Junior Mechanical Engineer


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Though it's uncommon, some Junior Mechanical Engineers move into roles as Senior Mechanical Engineers, where pay is an average $90K per year. Junior Mechanical Engineers typically move into roles as Mechanical Engineers or Project Engineers, and those positions pay $7K more and $10K more, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Survey results imply that Junior Mechanical Engineers deploy a deep pool of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Finite Element Analysis, Pro/Engineer, Matlab, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Product Development, Test Engineering, and autodesk autocad. Most people who know Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Junior Mechanical Engineer has a negative trend. An entry-level Junior Mechanical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 369 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Junior Mechanical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Junior Mechanical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 7 salaries. A Junior Mechanical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,972

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Junior Mechanical Engineers, Rockville offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Junior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Chicago (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Denver (+8 percent). Location is a huge contributor to overall pay, with Junior Mechanical Engineers in Orlando earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Employers also pay below the national average in Huntsville (18 percent lower) and Detroit (5 percent lower).

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Q: What is it like working as a Junior Mechanical Engineer?

Junior Mechanical Engineer in Tucson:
Pros: Relaxed hours and always something new to work on.
Cons: Low paying salary, long hours, unreasonable deadlines.

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Key Stats for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
0%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲16%

Experienced
▲6%

National Average
$57,000

▼2%

Late-Career
▼15%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲9%

Pro/Engineer
▲8%

Matlab
▼0%

National Average
$57,000

Engineering Design
▼1%


▼7%

▼7%


autodesk autocad
▼7%

Autodesk Revit MEP
▼7%

Microsoft Excel
▼7%

Test Engineering
▼11%

Product Development
▼16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
61%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
0%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 71%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 11%
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