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Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

The average Junior Mechanical Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $55K per year. Overall cash earnings for Junior Mechanical Engineers vary widely between $37K and $70K; for a few high rollers, the final number can encompass upwards of $5K each from bonuses and profit sharing proceeds. Geographic location and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. For the most part, people in this position report moderate levels of job satisfaction. There are far more male Junior Mechanical Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 86 percent. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$39,591 - $69,477
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$69K
MEDIAN: $55,097
10%
50%
90%

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$13.70 - $30.92
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$39,591 - $69,477  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,132  
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $5,000  
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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$37,226 - $70,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 316
National Hourly Rate Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $30.92  
   
Overtime
$18.00 - $46.62  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,132  
   
Profit Sharing
$25.00 - $5,000  
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).
)
$37,226 - $70,425  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 56

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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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For Junior Mechanical Engineers, progressing to a Senior Mechanical Engineer role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Senior Mechanical Engineer can earn $88K annually.

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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, Microsoft Office, and SolidWorks 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 AutoCAD. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


National Average
$55,000


Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 12%

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

National Average
$55,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 1%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 1%

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 45 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
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 64% employee benefits None: 10%