Earnings for Entry-Level Mechanical Designers come in at around $20.41 per hour on average. Total cash compensation to Entry-Level Mechanical Designers varies from $36K to $65K; higher pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $4K each. The majority of Entry-Level Mechanical Designers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$39,233 - $66,955
$39K
$51K
$67K
MEDIAN: $51,313
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90%

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$15.71 - $27.05
$16
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $20.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$39,233 - $66,955  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $4,013  
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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$36,089 - $65,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 386
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.71 - $27.05  
   
Overtime
$22.44 - $38.54  
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$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,073  
   
Profit Sharing
$299.00 - $4,013  
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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$36,089 - $65,344  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 19 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 388

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,021

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Entry-Level Mechanical Designers in Seattle receive some of the highest pay in the country. Entry-Level Mechanical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Denver (+14 percent), Houston (+14 percent), Atlanta (+14 percent), and Minneapolis (+10 percent). With compensation 16 percent below the national average, Wausau is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Green Bay and Pittsburgh (12 percent lower).

Mechanical Designer Advice

Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?

Mechanical Designer in Dallas:
"Good to know."
Be well versed in data management and be familiar with a variety of mechanical systems. Learn to represent yourself as an independent contractor. This prepares you for confident communication.

Mechanical Designer in Cleveland:
"Career opportunities, health care, retirement."
Reach companies and the position that you are inquiring about.

Mechanical Designer in Tucson:
"Designer to Engineer, consider it."
Consider continuing your education and obtaining a mechanical engineering degree from an accredited institution. The designer positions are slowly decreasing to be replaced by engineers...if you can't fight 'em, join 'em.

Mechanical Designer in Houston:
"Even Cost Of Living Increases Are Hard To Get."
Get all you ever want to make up front, you will not see more than cost of living increases and they are rare and disguised as promotion or merit raises.

Mechanical Designer in Columbia:
"Dirty Office Environment, Air Is Stale."
Good product, but corporate infrastructure is very cumbersome. Seems the place likes it when people appear unhappy in their job. A very "emotionally cool" place.

Key Stats for Mechanical Designer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.
072
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
73%
5-9 years
18%
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Skills That Affect Mechanical Designer Salaries

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 8%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Design
up arrow 1%

autodesk autocad
0%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

National Average
$49,000

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

up arrow 3%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 3%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 3%


Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
up arrow 4%

AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 101 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 56%
dental benefits
None: 17%
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