Pay for Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $58K annually. Total incomes of Junior Mechanical Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $5K from bonuses and close to $10K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $36K and $73K. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Work is enjoyable for Junior Mechanical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. The vast majority of Junior Mechanical Engineers (86 percent) survey respondents are men. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$40,613 - $72,729
(Median)
$41K
$58K
$73K
MEDIAN: $58,077
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90%

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$13.85 - $31.06
(Median)
$14
$20
$31
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$25K$50K$75K
Salary
$40,613 - $72,729  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,076  
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $10,067  
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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$35,671 - $73,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 357
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$16$32$48
Hourly Rate
$13.85 - $31.06  
   
Overtime
$17.00 - $46.99  
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 - $5,076  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.49 - $10,067  
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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$35,671 - $73,191  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 77
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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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Junior Mechanical Engineers who advance into the role of a Senior Mechanical Engineer are fairly uncommon. Senior Mechanical Engineers on average earn $89K per year. It is quite typical for Junior Mechanical Engineers to transition into roles as Mechanical Engineers or Project Engineers, where reported median earnings are $7K and $10K higher per year.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Pro/Engineer, Engineering Design, Matlab, 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 AutoCAD. Most people experienced in 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 worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $56K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $66K. Junior Mechanical Engineers claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $60K. Survey participants with more than twenty years of experience only make around $49K on average, though; this group reports a lower median than the one claimed by mid-career individuals.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,862

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

For Junior Mechanical Engineers, busy Los Angeles offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 18 percent above the national average. Junior Mechanical Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Boston (+16 percent), Rockville (+16 percent), Houston (+13 percent), and Chicago (+13 percent). The lowest-paying market is Orlando, which sits 29 percent below the national average, proving that location is a significant contributor to overall pay. Employers pay around 18 percent less in Huntsville and 5 percent less in Detroit, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 6%

National Average
$57,000


Late-Career
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Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Pro/Engineer
up arrow 7%

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

National Average
$57,000

Matlab
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 3%

SolidWorks
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

autodesk autocad
up arrow 6%

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Test Engineering
up arrow 11%

Product Development
up arrow 16%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
35%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 59%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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