Earnings for Entry-Level Mechanical Designers come in at around $51K per year 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. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and the larger part earn dental coverage. Most Entry-Level Mechanical Designers like their work and job satisfaction is high. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$39,085 - $66,392
(Median)
$39K
$51K
$66K
MEDIAN: $50,884
10%
50%
90%

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$15.68 - $27.29
(Median)
$16
$20
$27
MEDIAN: $20
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$23K$46K$69K
Salary
$39,085 - $66,392  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,970  
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,027  
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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$36,032 - $65,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 385
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$14$28$42
Hourly Rate
$15.68 - $27.29  
   
Overtime
$22.31 - $39.94  
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$28K$56K$84K
Bonus
$0.00 - $3,970  
   
Profit Sharing
$297.99 - $4,027  
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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$36,032 - $65,439  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 378
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Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $48,686

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

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 will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+24 percent), Denver (+17 percent), Houston (+14 percent), and Atlanta (+9 percent). Boise ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 15 percent below the national average. Employers in Green Bay and Pittsburgh also lean toward paying below-median salaries (12 percent less).

Mechanical Designer Advice

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.

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Skills That Affect Mechanical Designer Salaries

Autodesk Revit MEP
up arrow 10%

AutoCAD MEP
up arrow 9%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
0%

Design
0%

National Average
$49,000

autodesk autocad
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

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

Autodesk AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 4%

Autodesk Inventor
up arrow 4%


AutoCAD Mechanical
up arrow 5%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 106 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
medical benefits
Vision: 55%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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