Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

For Junior Mechanical Engineers, annual average wages total $58K per year. Total cash compensation to Junior Mechanical Engineers approaches anywhere from $36K on the lower end to $72K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $5K from bonuses and upwards of $10K from profit sharing. Location and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. Men account for the majority of Junior Mechanical Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 86 percent to be exact. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.
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$40,444 - $71,784
$40K
$58K
$72K
MEDIAN: $57,873
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50%
90%

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$14.26 - $30.24
$14
$20
$30
MEDIAN: $19.57
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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$24K$48K$72K
Salary
$40,444 - $71,784  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $10,137  
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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$36,102 - $71,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 316
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$15$30$45
Hourly Rate
$14.26 - $30.24  
   
Overtime
$17.82 - $43.87  
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$30K$60K$90K
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,096  
   
Profit Sharing
$352.35 - $10,137  
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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$36,102 - $71,899  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 66
© PayScale, Inc. @ www.payscale.com

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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

  • Provide technical design support to engineering team.
  • Prepare detailed reports to demonstrate technical progress and accomplishments on projects.
  • Resolve product development issues through creative testing and re-engineering.
  • Perform necessary technical calculations and testing to ensure functional and sound work-product.

Common Career Paths for Junior Mechanical Engineer


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Junior Mechanical Engineers do not often transition into Senior Mechanical Engineer roles. The role averages $90K 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 $8K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Junior Mechanical Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Finite Element Analysis, Pro/Engineer, Matlab, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Product Development, Test Engineering, and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Those in the early stages of their career can expect to make around $56K; however, individuals with five to 10 years of experience bring in $66K on average — a distinctly larger sum. Junior Mechanical Engineers see a median salary of $60K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Respondents who boast more than two decades on the job don't boast commensurate pay, unfortunately; these veterans see average earnings of only $49K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,136

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

For Junior Mechanical Engineers, Rockville provides a pay rate that is 17 percent greater than the national average. Junior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+15 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Los Angeles (+11 percent), and Denver (+10 percent). Junior Mechanical Engineers in Orlando report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 28 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Huntsville and Detroit (17 percent lower and 4 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.
Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲17%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

Late-Career
▼14%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲11%

Pro/Engineer
▲10%

Matlab
▲2%

Engineering Design
▼0%

National Average
$56,000


Autodesk Revit MEP
▼5%

▼6%

▼6%


autodesk autocad
▼6%

Microsoft Excel
▼6%

Test Engineering
▼9%

Product Development
▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 29 votes.

Gender

Female
14 %
Male
86 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
60%
5-9 years
5%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 58%
dental benefits
None: 11%
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