Average Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Entry-Level Mechanical Engineer is $61,232.
MEDIAN $61,232
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$48k - $76k
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$45k - $77k

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Job Description for Mechanical Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Mechanical Engineer are from the companies Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corporation and General Dynamics Electric Boat. Reported salaries are highest at Northrop Grumman Corporation where the average pay is $71,238. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Raytheon Co. and The Boeing Company, earning around $70,538 and $68,843, respectively. Jacobs Engineering Group Inc pays the lowest at around $62,413. Lockheed Martin Corp and General Dynamics Electric Boat also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $63,710 and $66,158, 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
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Mechanical Design Engineer
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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 Autodesk AutoCAD, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Microsoft Office and SolidWorks.

Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineer

An early career Mechanical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) 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 Los Angeles, California earn an average of 12.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (8.8% more) and San Diego, California (8.3% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (2.4% less) and Dallas, Texas (0.2% less).

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