A Mechanical Engineer earns an average salary of $67,935 per year. Most people move on to other jobs if they have more than 20 years' experience in this career. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$50,847 - $95,795
(Median)
$51K
$68K
$96K
MEDIAN: $67,934
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$15.09 - $41.32
(Median)
$15
$26
$41
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$50,847 - $95,795  
   
Bonus
$96.64 - $9,805  
Profit Sharing
$50.93 - $9,772  
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,911  
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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$49,850 - $98,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 18,376
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$19$38$57
Hourly Rate
$15.09 - $41.32  
   
Hourly Tips
$3.96  
Overtime
$22.57 - $55.44  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$96.64 - $9,805  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,911  
Profit Sharing
$50.93 - $9,772  
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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$49,850 - $98,376  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,933
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Job Description for Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical engineers participate in the planning and manufacturing of new products by performing engineering duties and developing, designing and testing mechanical devices. Job requirements include either a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering, a master of science in engineering, or a related degree. The EIT exam, membership in a professional society and specific industry-related certifications may also be encouraged or required.

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Mechanical Engineer Tasks

  • Performs engineering duties; develops, designs, and tests mechanical devices.
  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete projects.
  • Researches designs and makes recommendations based on appearance, safety, budget, and function.

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Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $68,611

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What is it like working as a Mechanical Engineer?

Mechanical Engineer in Greenville:
"Fast Paced."
Pros: I like that there is short amount of time compared to most corporations from the time I release a design to when is it fabricated and shipped to the customer. For the most part it is a very laid back culture.
Cons: It is extremely unorganized and the work I do is unappreciated at best. Management sees the engineering department not as value added to the company but as a necessary evil to keep producing custom designs.

Mechanical Engineer in Fort Wayne:
"My Job."
Pros: I like that I am challenged with different projects and that we don't ever create the same building. It forces me to stretch my mind and think outside the box, thus strengthening my skills as an engineer.
Cons: I do not like how easily we can be pushed by the owner/contractor to make late changes in a project. It forces us to put a lot of time into a project when we were supposed to be wrapping it up. That, in turn, ruins our schedule for other projects.

Mechanical Engineer in Idaho Falls:
"Great amount of flexibility."
Pros: I love the work itself. Participating in and improving the energy industry is very motivating to me.
Cons: Upper management is dishonest and sneaky.

Mechanical Engineer in St. Louis:
"Challenging career."
Pros: Designing products. Evaluating complex problems. Implementing solutions and taking ownership. Interesting technical problems. Continuous learning. Improving processes.
Cons: Conflicting interests from different departments. Slow to adopt modern software and technology to improve efficiency. Bureaucracy, slow to implement changes. Changing requirements and schedules. Unrealistic expectations in scheduling. Older employees resist change.

Mechanical Engineer in Chico:
"I get to solve problems."
Pros: I work with a good team. We work together to find effective solutions to the problems our company faces.
Cons: The pay. Our company hires fresh out of college engineers which is great, but that combined with living in a medium sized town means that our pay does not reflect the national average.

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Experience Affects Mechanical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineer Salaries



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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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Engineering Design
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Matlab
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
0%

National Average
$69,000

Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 2105 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
48%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
11%
20 years or more
7%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 62%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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