Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Earnings for Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States come in at around $55K per year on average. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $5K and $5K, respectively — total cash payment to Junior Mechanical Engineers can bottom out near $38K or peak near $70K depending on individual performance. Geography and tenure each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Most Junior Mechanical Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Men make up the vast majority of Junior Mechanical Engineers (84 percent) who took the survey. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,865 - $68,689
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$69K
MEDIAN: $55,125
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90%

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$13.73 - $31.32
(Median)
$14
$21
$31
MEDIAN: $20
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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
$39,865 - $68,689  
   
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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$37,598 - $69,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 375
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.73 - $31.32  
   
Overtime
$18.12 - $45.96  
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).
)
$37,598 - $69,976  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 57
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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.

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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 $88K per year. Junior Mechanical Engineers moving up in their careers tend to step into positions as Mechanical Engineers or Project Engineers. The median paychecks in those roles are $8K higher and $12K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Survey results show that Junior Mechanical Engineers use a fair number of 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 12%

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 5%

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
35%
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: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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