Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States pull down an average of $58K per year. Overall cash earnings for Junior Mechanical Engineers stretch from $36K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $10K from profit sharing. Geography and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Junior Mechanical Engineers. The vast majority of Junior Mechanical Engineers (86 percent) who took the survey are men. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$40,656 - $72,245
$41K
$58K
$72K
MEDIAN: $58,167
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$14.43 - $30.51
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20.01
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,656 - $72,245  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,146  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,101  
Total Pay (?
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$36,270 - $72,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 344
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.43 - $30.51  
   
Overtime
$17.88 - $48.94  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,146  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $10,101  
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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$36,270 - $72,347  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 76

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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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While not commonly seen, Junior Mechanical Engineers who transition into a Senior Mechanical Engineer position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Senior Mechanical Engineers is $90K per year. When Junior Mechanical Engineers are ready for the next step in their careers, they often become Mechanical Engineers or Project Engineers. Those roles pay an additional $7K and $11K, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Survey takers working as Junior Mechanical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Finite Element Analysis, Engineering Design, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Product Development, Test Engineering, and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Mechanical Engineer

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


The average beginner in this position makes around $56K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $66K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Junior Mechanical Engineers make a median salary of $60K. Folks with more than two decades of experience actually report lower incomes overall; their average comes out to a mere $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,459

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

Junior Mechanical Engineers will find that Rockville offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 17 percent. Junior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Junior Mechanical Engineers is geography, with workers in Orlando earning a whopping 29 percent below the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Huntsville and Detroit (17 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.
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Less than 1 year
33%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$56,000


Late-Career
up arrow 14%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 9%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
up arrow 7%


National Average
$56,000

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 5%

SolidWorks
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 6%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 6%

Test Engineering
up arrow 10%

Product Development
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 31 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
33%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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