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Mechanical Engineer Salary Information in California

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 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Mechanical Engineers in California

Percentile BracketAverage 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.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$98,260
0.07% 7.27%
2016
$98,190
2.79% -
2015
$95,450
-0.52% -
2014
$95,950
2.20% -
2013
$93,840
2.90% -
2012
$91,120
- -

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Mechanical Engineers in California Cities

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
$119,160
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$117,350
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$110,480
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$107,310
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$103,980
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$101,260
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$96,280
Vallejo-Fairfield
$96,000
Salinas
$95,400
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$94,330
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$93,330
Bakersfield-Delano
$93,180
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$92,750
Yuba City
$92,570
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$91,490
Stockton
$91,080
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$90,300
Fresno
$87,850
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$87,850
Napa
$82,480
Northern Mountains Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$81,280
Visalia-Porterville
$81,270
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$79,680
Modesto
$76,600
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$75,780
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$75,220
Madera-Chowchilla
$71,320
Chico
$62,330
North Coast Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$61,860




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