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Highest Paying Industries for Mechanical Engineers

The top 100 highest paying industries for mechanical engineers (ranked by average annual salary) are listed in Table 1. The entry level salary (as measured by the salary of the lowest 10% paid earners) and the number of employment in those industries are also shown. As shown in the table, with an average annual salary of $137,460, oil and gas extraction is the highest paying industry for mechanical engineers. It is followed by other information services industry (average annual salary $132,560). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in May 2015 [1]. For more information about salaries of mechanical engineers in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Mechanical Engineers

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Oil and Gas Extraction
$137,460
970
2 Other Information Services
$132,560
130
3 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$110,900
590
4 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$108,990
780
5 Information
$108,090
380
6 Mining
$102,160
2,310
7 Fabric Mills
$100,700
50
8 Other Pipeline Transportation
$99,680
60
9 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$99,110
1,090
10 Remediation and Other Waste Management Services
$98,330
n/a
11 Testing Laboratories
$96,700
10,760
12 Natural Gas Distribution
$95,380
270
13 Electronic and Precision Equipment Repair and Maintenance
$95,040
130
14 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$94,640
16,460
15 Scientific Research and Development Services
$94,630
16,480
16 Office Administrative Services
$94,300
80
17 Federal government, including USPS
$94,030
11,460
18 Federal Executive Branch (OES Designation)
$94,030
11,420
19 Support Activities for Air Transportation
$93,740
110
20 Paper and Paper Product Merchant Wholesalers
$93,740
30
21 Software Publishers
$93,660
100
22 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$93,210
13,070
23 Federal, State, and Local Government
$93,210
13,070
24 Power and Communication Line and Related Structures Construction
$92,980
120
25 Support Activities for Transportation
$92,350
120
26 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$91,650
1,230
27 Couriers and Express Delivery Services
$91,610
50
28 Couriers and Messengers
$91,610
50
29 Publishing Industries (except Internet)
$91,560
120
30 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$91,450
14,170
31 Wireless Telecommunications Carriers (except Satellite)
$91,420
40
32 Chemical and Allied Products Merchant Wholesalers
$91,350
30
33 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$91,290
1,580
34 Textile Mills
$91,100
80
35 Rental and Leasing Services
$90,170
60
36 Commercial and Industrial Machinery and Equipment Rental and Leasing
$90,130
60
37 Utility System Construction
$90,050
200
38 Postal Service (federal government)
$89,900
n/a
39 Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$89,900
50
40 Utilities
$89,730
1,470
41 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$89,600
15,360
42 Pipeline Transportation
$89,480
400
43 Spectator Sports
$89,160
470
44 Performing Arts, Spectator Sports, and Related Industries
$89,160
470
45 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$88,770
740
46 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$88,760
1,140
47 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,670
530
48 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$88,610
86,530
49 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$88,460
5,600
50 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$88,320
1,170
51 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$88,190
250
52 Insurance Carriers and Related Activities
$87,950
30
53 Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$87,850
550
54 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$87,530
18,700
55 Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$87,430
70
56 Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$87,420
160
57 Specialized Design Services
$87,180
1,410
58 Nonresidential Building Construction
$87,030
570
59 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$86,980
64,410
60 Coal Mining
$86,950
50
61 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$86,900
9,920
62 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$86,870
1,710
63 Chemical Manufacturing
$86,630
3,830
64 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$86,220
110
65 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$86,200
7,440
66 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$86,150
1,360
67 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$86,080
1,010
68 Water, Sewage and Other Systems
$85,930
60
69 Construction of Buildings
$85,790
590
70 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$85,740
1,220
71 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$85,330
7,760
72 Support Activities for Mining
$84,730
1,170
73 Engineering Services
$84,580
52,240
74 Temporary Help Services
$84,500
5,640
75 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$84,370
660
76 Other Food Manufacturing
$84,050
50
77 Transportation and Warehousing
$84,040
1,160
78 Employment Services
$83,970
6,130
79 Other Support Services
$83,900
140
80 Heavy and Civil Engineering Construction
$83,580
270
81 Administrative and Support Services
$83,510
6,660
82 Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$83,240
30
83 Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$82,900
90
84 Paper Manufacturing
$82,840
1,020
85 Beverage Manufacturing
$82,740
30
86 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$82,430
360
87 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$82,270
350
88 Finance and Insurance
$82,070
60
89 Ship and Boat Building
$82,000
n/a
90 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$81,990
34,500
91 Elementary and Secondary Schools
$81,650
n/a
92 Metal Ore Mining
$81,580
80
93 Elementary and Secondary Schools - Local government owned
$81,540
n/a
94 Educational Services - Local government owned
$81,480
n/a
95 Warehousing and Storage
$81,430
100
96 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$81,320
480
97 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$81,210
7,350
98 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$81,210
2,170
99 Food Manufacturing
$81,010
360
100 Grocery and Related Product Merchant Wholesalers
$81,000
n/a
See also: Highest paying cities for mechanical engineers.