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Average Early-Career Mechanical Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

$72,893
Avg. SalaryShow Hourly Rate
$3,523
Bonus
$1,938
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The average salary for an Early-Career Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, California is $72,893.
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$60k
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$73k
90%
$87k
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What Do Mechanical Engineers Do?

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

Career Paths

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Mechanical Engineer
More common (> 20%)
Somewhat common (8 - 20%)
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What Are Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineers?

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

What is the Pay by Experience Level for Mechanical Engineers?

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 $69,055 based on 76 salaries. A mid-career Mechanical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $86,624 based on 124 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $103,086 based on 49 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $119,333.
Employees with Mechanical Engineer in their job title in Los Angeles, California earn an average of 4.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (3.2% more) and Houston, Texas (0.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.8% less), Denver, Colorado (6.0% less) and New York, New York (3.5% less).

Years of Experience

This data is based on 276 survey responses.
Entry Level
27.5%
Mid Career
44.9%
Experienced
17.8%
Late Career
9.8%