Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States take home approximately $55K per year on average. Total incomes of Junior Mechanical Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $5K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $37K and $70K. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction for Junior Mechanical Engineers is high. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. There are far more male Junior Mechanical Engineers survey respondents than women, making up 85 percent. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,901 - $68,720
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$69K
MEDIAN: $55,125
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50%
90%

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$13.83 - $31.09
(Median)
$14
$20
$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
$39,901 - $68,720  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,894  
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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$37,416 - $69,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 377
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
$13.83 - $31.09  
   
Overtime
$18.25 - $45.31  
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.
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$0$32K$64K$96K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,152  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.34 - $4,894  
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).
)
$37,416 - $69,884  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 61
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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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There are some Junior Mechanical Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Senior Mechanical Engineers, where earnings are an average $88K annually. The most common next step for a Junior Mechanical Engineer is to become a Mechanical Engineer or a Project Engineer. The former position pays an additional $8K per year on average, and the latter position pays $13K more per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Junior Mechanical Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Matlab, Engineering Design, Pro/Engineer, and Computer Aided Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Product Development, Test Engineering, and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know 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 9%

Engineering Design
up arrow 6%

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 4%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$55,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 2%

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
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
35%
1-4 years
57%
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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