Junior Mechanical Engineer Salary

Junior Mechanical Engineers in the United States take home an average $59K per year. Total cash compensation for Junior Mechanical Engineers runs from $37K to $73K depending on bonuses that can occasionally exceed $5K and profit sharing that can reach almost $10K. Residence and years of experience each impact pay for this group, with the former having the largest influence. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Men account for the majority of Junior Mechanical Engineers who responded to the questionnaire — 88 percent to be exact. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$41,364 - $73,267
$41K
$58K
$73K
MEDIAN: $57,670
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$14.09 - $30.01
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$0$73K
Salary $41,364 - $73,267
Bonus $0.00 - $5,054
Profit Sharing $773 - $10,137
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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$36,609 - $72,733
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 293
Hourly Data $0$44
Hourly Rate $14.09 - $30.01
Overtime $11.74 - $44.70
Annual Data $0$72K
Bonus $0.00 - $5,054
Profit Sharing $773 - $10,137
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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$36,609 - $72,733
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 13 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 62

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Job Description for Junior Mechanical Engineer

A junior mechanical engineer holds an entry-level position on the path to becoming a senior mechanical engineer. Generally, a junior mechanical engineer works under the supervision of a senior mechanical engineer and reports to the company's director of engineering. In most environments, junior mechanical engineers are responsible for creating detailed designs, drawings, and technical documentation of mechanical components of a project. Although they work under the supervision of a senior colleague, junior mechanical engineers work alongside junior and senior mechanical engineers to complete projects. However, in some situations, junior level mechanical engineers work independently to complete work assignments.

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Junior Mechanical Engineer Tasks

  • Resolve product development issues through creative testing and re-engineering.
  • Perform necessary technical calculations and testing to ensure functional and sound work-product.
  • Provide technical design support to engineering team.
  • Prepare detailed reports to demonstrate technical progress and accomplishments on projects.

Common Career Paths for Junior Mechanical Engineer


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Junior Mechanical Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Senior Mechanical Engineers. That role pays $90K per year on average. A common career progression for a Junior Mechanical Engineer is to become a Mechanical Engineer or a Project Engineer. Compared to Junior Mechanical Engineers, the first group earns $7K more on average, and the second group earns $11K more.

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Popular Skills for Junior Mechanical Engineer


Junior Mechanical Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Finite Element Analysis, Pro/Engineer, Matlab, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Product Development, Test Engineering, and autodesk autocad. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of AutoCAD.

Pay by Experience Level for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Pay by Experience for a Junior Mechanical Engineer has a negative trend. An entry-level Junior Mechanical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $56,000 based on 369 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Junior Mechanical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $66,000 based on 20 salaries. An experienced Junior Mechanical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $60,000 based on 7 salaries. A Junior Mechanical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 5 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $56,237

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

For those looking to make money, Junior Mechanical Engineers in Rockville enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 16 percent above the national average. Junior Mechanical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Chicago (+14 percent), Houston (+13 percent), Los Angeles (+10 percent), and Denver (+9 percent). Junior Mechanical Engineers in Orlando earn salaries far below the national average by 29 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Huntsville and Detroit are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 18 percent lower and 5 percent lower, respectively.

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Q: What is it like working as a Junior Mechanical Engineer?

Junior Mechanical Engineer in Tucson:
Pros: Relaxed hours and always something new to work on.
Cons: Low paying salary, long hours, unreasonable deadlines.

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Key Stats for Junior Mechanical Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.
Less than 1 year
33%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%
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Experience Affects Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

▲17%

Experienced
▲7%

National Average
$56,000

▼1%

Late-Career
▼14%

Skills That Affect Junior Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▲11%

Pro/Engineer
▲10%

Matlab
▲1%

Engineering Design
▼0%

National Average
$56,000


Autodesk Revit MEP
▼5%

▼6%

▼6%


autodesk autocad
▼6%

Microsoft Excel
▼6%

Test Engineering
▼10%

Product Development
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 35 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
33%
1-4 years
62%
5-9 years
4%
10-19 years
1%
20 years or more
0%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 11%
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