An Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer earns an average salary of $63,792 per year.

$49,430 - $81,029
(Median)
$49K
$64K
$81K
MEDIAN: $63,792
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$14.72 - $36.06
(Median)
$15
$25
$36
MEDIAN: $24.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$28K$56K$84K
Salary
$49,430 - $81,029  
   
Bonus
$31.39 - $7,437  
Profit Sharing
$60.40 - $7,747  
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,149  
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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$48,022 - $83,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 12,767
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$17$34$51
Hourly Rate
$14.72 - $36.06  
   
Hourly Tips
$2.92  
Overtime
$21.89 - $49.73  
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$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$31.39 - $7,437  
   
Commission
$-0.50 - $39,149  
Profit Sharing
$60.40 - $7,747  
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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$48,022 - $83,004  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 1,488
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Mechanical Engineer Advice

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

Mechanical Engineer in Estonia:
"Feel the future."
Engineers are people how try to research something new to provide ideal triangle: quality money time. In Solving every task should see new way to progress.

Mechanical Engineer in Hartford:
"Stay current, know everything."
There is virtually no such thing as a purely mechanical device anymore. You must know electricity, electronics, power, controls, batteries, etc. You must master materials and processes. You must know something about thermal management. You must know something about optics, imaging and lighting. You must be aware of quality control and inspection. You must be communicative, out-front, cordial, persuasive and confident.

Mechanical Engineer in Huntsville:
"Know what you should know."
Hone your design skills and understanding of what a realistic solution should look like. Familiarize yourself with the recognized standards in your field/industry early in your career. These will help you earn the respect and trust of your colleagues and management.

Mechanical Engineer in Clearfield:
"Be a people person, not just a desk jockey."
Of course I could say to be a hard worker and hone your engineering skills, but that goes without saying. I think it's just as important to hone interpersonal skills so you will be able to network and learn from others within your own and other organizations you might interact with. If you are brilliant and nobody else knows it, then you are not doing yourself any favors.

Mechanical Engineer in Lexington:
"Figure out your niche."
The field of Mechanical Engineering is very broad. You can choose to be a "general practitioner" and not specialize in any area, but that might limit salary potential. Focused jobs seem to offer the higher pay, but you do risk limiting employment opportunities. But in the long run, if you're doing what you like and getting compensated for it, you will be happier.

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Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineer Salaries


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Project Management
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Matlab
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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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Pro/Engineer
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Engineering Design
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Computer Aided Design (CAD)
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Word
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$64,000

Windows Operating System General Use
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SolidWorks
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Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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