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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 metropolitan 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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

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

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$59,570
25th Percentile Wage
$74,500
50th Percentile Wage
$98,190
75th Percentile Wage
$126,000
90th Percentile Wage
$155,780

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 $155,780. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $98,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $59,570.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$28.64
25th Percentile Wage
$35.82
50th Percentile Wage
$47.21
75th Percentile Wage
$60.58
90th Percentile Wage
$74.90

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for mechanical engineers in California in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $74.90. The median hourly salary is $47.21. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $28.64.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of mechanical engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201698,1902.79%7.20%
201595,450-0.52%-
201495,9502.20%-
201393,8402.90%-
201291,120--

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 $71,320 to $117,350. The highest paying area for mechanical engineers in California is San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara with a median annual salary of $117,350. The second highest paying city/area in California State is Oakland-Fremont-Hayward (mean annual salary $105,510). The lowest paying area is Madera-Chowchilla with a median annual salary of $71,320.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara
$117,350
Oakland-Fremont-Hayward
$105,510
San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont
$105,030
San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City
$103,580
Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta
$101,260
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Glendale
$97,660
Sacramento-Arden-Arcade-Roseville
$95,380
Bakersfield-Delano
$94,950
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura
$94,530
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana
$93,330
Vallejo-Fairfield
$92,140
Salinas
$91,710
Santa Ana-Anaheim-Irvine
$91,490
Santa Cruz-Watsonville
$91,130
Santa Rosa-Petaluma
$90,550
San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos
$90,320
Stockton
$88,090
Fresno
$87,850
Visalia-Porterville
$84,520
Modesto
$78,260
Mother Lode Region of California nonmetropolitan area
$75,780
Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario
$75,230
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles
$73,890
Madera-Chowchilla
$71,320


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