Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States take home approximately $55K annually on average. The range in cash compensation to Junior Mechanical Engineers ($37K to $70K) includes potential earnings of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing in exceptional cases. Residence is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by tenure. The vast majority (84 percent) of Junior Mechanical Engineers who answered the questionnaire are male. Most Junior Mechanical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,755 - $68,673

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$13.88 - $31.00

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,755 - $68,673  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,144  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $4,913  
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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$37,215 - $69,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 387
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.88 - $31.00  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $45.06  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,144  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $4,913  
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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$37,215 - $69,756  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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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

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

Common Career Paths for Junior Mechanical Engineer


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Junior Mechanical Engineers who advance into the role of a Senior Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Mechanical Engineers on average earn $88K per year. Career advancement for the typical Junior Mechanical Engineer often leads to becoming a Mechanical Engineer or a Project Engineer; median salaries in these positions are $8K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Survey results imply that Junior Mechanical Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Matlab, Engineering Design, Pro/Engineer, and Autodesk Revit MEP are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Product Development, Test Engineering, and AutoCAD. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Salaries for the relatively untried average out to around $54K, but survey participants with five to 10 years of experience earn a significantly higher median of $63K. For Junior Mechanical Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $59K. People who have worked for 20 years or more actually report earning less than people who are in the middle of their careers; the veterans take home a mere $49K by contrast.

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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 9%

National Average
$54,000


Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 9%

Engineering Design
up arrow 5%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 5%

National Average
$54,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 4%

Test Engineering
up arrow 7%

Product Development
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 41 votes.

Gender

Female
16 %
Male
84 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
36%
1-4 years
56%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 74%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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