Average Mechanical Engineer Salary in San Diego, California

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The average salary for a Mechanical Engineer in San Diego, California is $73,124.
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$58k - $101k
$395 - $10k
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$296 - $10k
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$54k - $101k

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Job Description for Mechanical Engineer

The top respondents for the job title Mechanical Engineer are from the companies General Atomics, Northrop Grumman Corporation and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. Reported salaries are highest at Solar Turbines, Inc. where the average pay is $84,426. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include General Atomics, earning around $82,238. Alliance Spacesystems, Inc. pays the lowest at around $66,000. Northrop Grumman Corporation also pays on the lower end of the scale, paying $77,693.

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
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Less common (< 8%)

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Popular Skills for Mechanical Engineer

Skills in Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Microsoft Office are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Excel, 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 $66,332 based on 93 salaries. An early career Mechanical Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $70,150 based on 345 salaries. A mid-career Mechanical Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $84,878 based on 125 salaries. An experienced Mechanical Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $100,586 based on 57 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $119,184.
Employees with Mechanical Engineer in their job title in Houston, Texas earn an average of 5.7% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Seattle, Washington (4.8% more) and Los Angeles, California (4.1% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Chicago, Illinois (6.5% less), New York, New York (6.2% less) and Denver, Colorado (3.7% less).

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