The average salary for an Early-Career Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, California is $70,711.
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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 engineers must be skilled in the use o…Read more
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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineer
Computer Aided Design (CAD)
Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Excel, Computer Aided Design (CAD), SolidWorks and Engineering Design.
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 $66,510 based on 92 salaries. A mid-career Mechanical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $85,026 based on 128 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $101,668 based on 57 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $117,417.
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Employees with Mechanical Engineer in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 4.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Houston, Texas (3.8% more) and Seattle, Washington (3.4% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.4% less), Denver, Colorado (4.7% less) and New York, New York (3.7% less).
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