The average annual and hourly salaries for mechanical engineers in the state of California are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of mechanical engineers among California areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 .
|Percentile Bracket||Average Annual Salary|
|10th Percentile Wage||$60,660|
|25th Percentile Wage||$75,420|
|50th Percentile Wage||$98,260|
|75th Percentile Wage||$127,120|
|90th Percentile Wage||$158,160|
Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $158,160. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $98,260. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $60,660.
The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical engineers from 2012 to 2017.
|Year||Median Salary||Yearly Growth||5-Year Growth|
Table 3 shows the median annual salary of mechanical engineers in some California cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of mechanical engineers in state of California ranges from $61,860 to $119,160. The highest paying area for mechanical engineers in California is San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City with a median annual salary of $119,160. The second highest paying city/area in California State is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara (mean annual salary $117,350). The lowest paying area is North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $61,860.
|Cities/Areas||Median Annual Salary|
|San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City|| |
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara|| |
|San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont|| |
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville|| |
|Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale|| |
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana|| |
|San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos|| |
|Yuba City|| |
|Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine|| |
|Santa Rosa-Petaluma|| |
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura|| |
|Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario|| |
|Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles|| |
|North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area|| |