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Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States take home approximately $55K per year on average. Incomes of Junior Mechanical Engineers vary widely depending on performance components; bonuses and profit sharing that can occasionally exceed $5K cause paychecks to spread between $37K on the low end and $70K on the high end. Residence and experience level each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Male Junior Mechanical Engineers far outnumber their female contemporaries among those who completed the questionnaire. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$39,666 - $69,078
(Median)
$40K
$55K
$69K
MEDIAN: $54,619
10%
50%
90%

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$13.67 - $31.49
(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
$39,666 - $69,078  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $5,142  
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $4,949  
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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$37,411 - $70,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 340
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
$13.67 - $31.49  
   
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 - $5,142  
   
Profit Sharing
$49.32 - $4,949  
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).
)
$37,411 - $70,098  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 55

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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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It's not very common for Junior Mechanical Engineers to move on to become Senior Mechanical Engineers. Average pay for a Senior Mechanical Engineer is $88K annually. Junior Mechanical Engineers most often move into positions as Mechanical Engineers or Project Engineers; those groups report median salaries that are $8K higher and $13K higher, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Junior Mechanical Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Matlab, Engineering Design, Autodesk Revit MEP, and Pro/Engineer are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Product Development, Test Engineering, and AutoCAD. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of AutoCAD.

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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries


National Average
$54,000


Late-Career
up arrow 11%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 10%

Engineering Design
up arrow 7%

Pro/Engineer
0%

Autodesk Revit MEP
0%

National Average
$54,000

SolidWorks
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Test Engineering
up arrow 7%

Product Development
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
15 %
Male
85 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
34%
1-4 years
58%
5-9 years
6%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
1%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 10%
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