Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States take home approximately $57K per year on average. Overall cash earnings for Junior Mechanical Engineers stretch from $38K on the lower end to $72K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $5K from bonuses and $6K from profit sharing. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Junior Mechanical Engineers report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. Men account for the majority of Junior Mechanical Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 84 percent to be exact. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$40,857 - $71,403
(Median)
$41K
$57K
$71K
MEDIAN: $56,702
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$13.95 - $30.77
(Median)
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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90%

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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$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,857 - $71,403  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,080  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $5,500  
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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$37,614 - $72,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 490
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.95 - $30.77  
   
Overtime
$18.49 - $45.62  
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 - $5,080  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $5,500  
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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$37,614 - $72,172  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 85
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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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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 $89K per year. A common career progression for a Junior Mechanical Engineer is to become a Mechanical Engineer or a Project Engineer. Compared to Junior Mechanical Engineers, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Survey results suggest that Junior Mechanical Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Matlab, Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, and Computer Aided Design (CAD) are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Product Development, Test Engineering, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know 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.


The average beginner in this position makes around $55K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $65K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $60K. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $49K.

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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 8%

National Average
$56,000


Late-Career
up arrow 13%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 6%

Engineering Design
up arrow 3%

National Average
$56,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 5%

Test Engineering
up arrow 9%

Product Development
up arrow 14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 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: 73%
medical benefits
Vision: 60%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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