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The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $30.50 per hour.

The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is $69,314 per year.

MEDIAN $30.50
MEDIAN $69,314
$64,293 - $78,759
MEDIAN: $69,314

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Salary $64,293 - $78,759
Bonus $0.00 - $9,863
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$64,120 - $79,581
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 6 Dec 2018
  • Individuals Reporting: 67

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.


Mechanical Engineer Tasks

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

Mechanical Engineer Job Listings

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,051

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

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Mechanical Engineer in Salt Lake City:
"Sl jobs."
Pros: Location and quality of life in Utah.
Cons: Boring, no promotion potential,

Mechanical Engineer in Norfolk:
"Work And Security."
Pros: There is always plenty of work, and it is a very secure job with excellent benefits. Overtime is available for the most part, and the work itself is very rewarding.
Cons: Salaries are not very flexible. Often those with more responsibilities earn the same as those with less. Schedule often becomes more important than quality.

Mechanical Engineer in La Mirada:
"Love What I Do."
Pros: Every job is new. I am on a project from the very beginning to installation on the customer's floor. I love being able to see my design come to life on the customer's floor.
Cons: Lack of proper processes with my current employment. Lack of communication. Lack of proper research and information gathering prior to start of projects. Lack of appreciation for loyal contributing employees.

Mechanical Engineer in Ramallah:
"It Is Always About You, Study Hard, Work Hard And Think Big."
Pros: Knowing every single detail is what makes you strong in your job, and that's can be done by "ASKING" don't ever be afraid of ask how and why!
Cons: Working stress and pressure makes your commitment to do work in perfect way is not going to be a priority sometimes.

Mechanical Engineer in Houston:
"Diamond Offshore."
Pros: Pay, small company, easy responsibilities.
Cons: Strict starting time, Lack of vacation.

Mechanical Engineer in Denver:
"Great Atmosphere For Free Thinking And Original Design Thoughts."
Pros: The people from the worker at my level and both below and above. Many of the industries best people and talent. The flex time is a God send to me because of my spouses medical needs.
Cons: Raises have been below the rise in inflation and are essentially a reduction in my wage and buying power year over year. The system is horrible. One would have to leave and come go to another company to get paid for their experience and time in position. The way the pay structure works, even with good reviews, the pay scale has been advancing to keep up with the rest of the world and it rises faster than the averages wages such that if I now have five more years experience, I am now paid less than somebody hired from the outside with the same experience as myself. This is the worst thing about Lockheed and my only major gripe. My salary was at an hourly rate of 1-1/4 for overtime when I was hired and unilaterally reduced by co. To first 5 hours unpaid and then only straight time after 45 hours worked.

Mechanical Engineer in Buffalo:
"Bright Future In A High Performing Chemical Company."
Pros: Time budgets are estimated for each project, and work is somewhat scheduled. I don't have to work 60+ hours per week like my past job at another company. At least my department has some way to determine how loaded the staff is.
Cons: We do some things in antiquated ways for a larger company. We are very much a budget-based company for each project and many times, others decide what the hours estimate will be. Normally, the estimates are too lean and they go over. We never really document and learn from our over-budget experiences in order to do a better estimate for future projects. We measure everything in crude ways just to cover our butts, as opposed capture the reasons to improve our process.

Key Stats for Mechanical Engineer


21 %
79 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years

Skills That Affect Mechanical Engineer Salaries

ANSYS Simulation Software

NX Unigraphics


Microsoft Excel

National Average

Computer Aided Design (CAD)

Engineering Design


Microsoft Word

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)

Microsoft Office

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 7 votes.


21 %
79 %

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 59%
no benefits
None: 10%