Entry-Level Mechanical Designer Salary

Entry-Level Mechanical Designers take home an average $52K annually. With some bonuses approaching $4K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $5K, overall incomes of Entry-Level Mechanical Designers spread between $36K and $65K depending on individual performance. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a majority collect dental insurance. For the most part, Entry-Level Mechanical Designers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$39,519 - $65,915
$40K
$52K
$66K
MEDIAN: $51,921
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50%
90%

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$15.92 - $26.90
$16
$21
$27
MEDIAN: $20.50
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$22K$44K$66K
Salary
$39,519 - $65,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,016  
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,106  
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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$36,471 - $64,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 408
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$13$26$39
Hourly Rate
$15.92 - $26.90  
   
Overtime
$22.65 - $38.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$26K$52K$78K
Bonus
$0.00 - $4,016  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.01 - $5,106  
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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$36,471 - $64,842  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 5 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 404

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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $49,728

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For those looking to make money, Entry-Level Mechanical Designers in Dallas enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 28 percent above the national average. Entry-Level Mechanical Designers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+21 percent), Denver (+15 percent), Atlanta (+12 percent), and Minneapolis (+11 percent). Wausau is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 17 percent. Below-median salaries also turn up in Green Bay and Pittsburgh (14 percent lower and 13 percent lower, respectively).

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
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.
Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
72%
5-9 years
19%
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Skills That Affect Mechanical Designer Salaries

Autodesk Revit MEP
▲10%

AutoCAD MEP
▲7%


Microsoft Excel
▼0%

Design
▼0%

National Average
$50,000

autodesk autocad
▼1%


Microsoft Word
▼2%

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
▼2%

Microsoft Office
▼3%

▼4%


▼6%

Computer Aided Drafting & Design (CADD)
▼6%

AutoCAD Mechanical
▼7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 142 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 80%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 55%
no benefits
None: 18%
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