Average Mechanical Engineer Salary

$69,615
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,006
Bonus
$6,500
Commission
$2,434
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The average salary for a Mechanical Engineer is $69,615.
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$53k
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$98k
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MEDIAN $69,615
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United States (change)
Salary
$53k - $98k
Bonus
$479 - $10k
Profit Sharing
$218 - $10k
Commission
$2k - $31k
Total Pay
$51k - $101k

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Job Description for Mechanical Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Mechanical Engineer are from the companies Northrop Grumman Corporation, Lockheed Martin Corp and The Boeing Company. Reported salaries are highest at Ford Motor Company where the average pay is $82,251. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Electric Co (GE) and General Motors Corporation, earning around $79,511 and $78,491, respectively. Lockheed Martin Corp pays the lowest at around $69,557. Raytheon Co. and Northrop Grumman Corporation also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $73,393 and $75,806, respectively.

Career Paths

Explore the most common career paths for Mechanical Engineer. Thickness and color of lines indicates popularity of movement from one job to the next. Visit our career path planner to research other job paths.
Mechanical Engineer
Senior Mechanical Engineer
Project Engineer
Mechanical Design Engineer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineer

An entry-level Mechanical Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $61,232 based on 5,712 salaries. An early career Mechanical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $66,673 based on 19,749 salaries. A mid-career Mechanical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $78,166 based on 8,518 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $88,955 based on 4,101 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $99,362.
Employees with Mechanical Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 11.1% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (10.1% more) and Los Angeles, California (9.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (1.8% less) and New York, New York (1.4% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 40,537 survey responses.
Entry Level
14.1%
Early Career
48.7%
Mid Career
21.0%
Experienced
10.1%
Late Career
6.1%