Mechanical Engineer Salary

Mechanical engineers hold about 251,900 jobs. More than 2 out of 5 are in manufacturing, primarily in machinery, transportation equipment, electrical equipment, instruments and fabricated metal products industries. Engineering and management services, business services, and the federal government provide most of the remaining mechanical engineering jobs.

Mechanical Engineer Salaries

Mechanical engineer salary range for the middle 50% is between $55,680 and $89,910. Mechanical engineer salaries for the lowest 10% are less than $44,580. Mechanical engineer salaries for the highest 10% are more than $112,740. Median annual mechanical engineer salary in the industries employing the largest numbers are:

Federal government: $68,770
Engineering and architectural services: $69,150
Motor vehicles and equipment: $72,190
Construction and related machinery: $67,380
Manufacturing: $71,930

Mechanical engineer starting salary for BSME graduates averages $59,180. New MSME graduates have an avererage starting salary of $66,720, and new PhDs have an average starting salary of $85,640.

Mechanical Engineering Employment Outlook

Mechanical engineer employment is projected to grow about as fast as the average for all non-engineering occupations though 2015. Although overall manufacturing employment is expected to be flat, employment of mechanical engineers in manufacturing should increase more rapidly as the demand for improved machinery and machine tools grows and industrial machinery and processes become increasingly complex. Also, emerging technologies in IT, biotechnology, and nanotechnology will continue to create new mechanical engineer job opportunities.

Employment in mechanical engineering for business and engineering services firms is expected to grow slightly faster than average - as companies increasingly outsource mechanical engineering functions. In addition to job openings from growth, many mechanical engineer openings should result from the need to replace workers who transfer to other occupations or leave the labor force.

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