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Highest Paying Industries for Mechanical Engineering Technicians

The top 100 highest paying industries for mechanical engineering technicians (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 $72,580, electric power generation, transmission and distribution is the highest paying industry for mechanical engineering technicians. It is followed by utilities industry (average annual salary $70,450). 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 engineering technicians in a specific industry, use the links in the table.

Table 1. 100 Highest Paying Industries for Mechanical Engineering Technicians

Industry Average Salary i # of
Empl. i
1 Electric Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution
$72,580
190
2 Utilities
$70,450
270
3 Other Building Equipment Contractors
$69,710
30
4 Oil and Gas Extraction
$69,380
270
5 Transportation and Warehousing
$67,770
470
6 Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$67,690
180
7 Food Manufacturing
$66,020
50
8 Natural Gas Distribution
$64,660
70
9 Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$64,240
210
10 Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$64,050
430
11 Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$63,820
1,560
12 Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$63,460
60
13 Specialized Design Services
$62,850
130
14 Local Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$62,690
280
15 Pipeline Transportation of Crude Oil
$62,620
30
16 Local government, including schools and hospitals
$62,410
310
17 Federal, State, and Local Government (OES Designation)
$61,700
310
18 Federal, State, and Local Government
$61,700
310
19 Pipeline Transportation
$61,160
160
20 Health Care and Social Assistance
$60,930
50
21 Mining
$60,880
590
22 Pipeline Transportation of Natural Gas
$60,450
130
23 Waste Treatment and Disposal
$58,970
n/a
24 Waste Management and Remediation Services
$58,970
n/a
25 Chemical Manufacturing
$58,730
1,130
26 Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$58,510
190
27 Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$58,460
30
28 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals - Privately owned
$58,390
30
29 General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
$58,390
30
30 Hospitals - Privately owned
$58,390
30
31 Hospitals (including private, state, and local government hospitals)
$58,390
30
32 Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$58,340
310
33 Ship and Boat Building
$58,020
690
34 Support Activities for Mining
$57,540
300
35 Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$56,990
2,620
36 Research and Development in the Physical, Engineering, and Life Sciences
$56,810
3,230
37 Scientific Research and Development Services
$56,810
3,230
38 Wholesale Electronic Markets and Agents and Brokers
$56,740
160
39 Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$56,600
130
40 Building Equipment Contractors
$56,090
210
41 Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$56,080
40
42 Construction
$55,800
230
43 Machinery, Equipment, and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$55,700
780
44 Testing Laboratories
$55,610
2,340
45 Motor Vehicle and Motor Vehicle Parts and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$55,600
70
46 Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$55,540
170
47 Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$55,430
100
48 Specialty Trade Contractors
$55,340
210
49 Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$55,220
5,050
50 Management of Companies and Enterprises
$55,190
1,090
51 Colleges, universities, and professional schools - Privately owned
$54,980
100
52 Educational Services - Privately owned
$54,980
110
53 Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$54,970
30
54 Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$54,700
340
55 Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$54,650
50
56 Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$54,570
5,940
57 Merchant Wholesalers, Nondurable Goods
$54,550
140
58 Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$54,430
15,300
59 Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
$54,280
11,280
60 Plumbing, Heating, and Air-Conditioning Contractors
$54,270
170
61 Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$54,070
560
62 Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$54,040
430
63 Wholesale Trade
$54,030
1,460
64 Engineering Services
$53,970
8,730
65 Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$53,770
80
66 Merchant Wholesalers, Durable Goods
$53,660
1,160
67 Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$53,440
130
68 Professional and Commercial Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$53,150
70
69 Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$53,150
1,310
70 Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$53,080
130
71 Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$52,950
1,910
72 Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$52,880
80
73 Paper Manufacturing
$52,790
160
74 Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$52,760
1,550
75 Manufacturing
$52,760
24,690
76 Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$52,590
150
77 Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$52,520
610
78 Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$52,090
510
79 Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$51,620
660
80 Machinery Manufacturing
$51,590
6,630
81 Machine Shops
$51,300
110
82 Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$51,080
3,030
83 Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$50,960
70
84 Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$50,820
460
85 Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$50,440
690
86 Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$50,400
40
87 Hardware, and Plumbing and Heating Equipment and Supplies Merchant Wholesalers
$50,320
70
88 Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$50,080
2,400
89 Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$49,940
1,470
90 Public sector -- Federal, state, and local government, including government owned schools and hospit
$49,730
670
91 Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$49,710
130
92 Other Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$49,690
120
93 Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$49,550
910
94 Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$49,420
1,510
95 Administrative and Support Services
$49,400
2,310
96 Miscellaneous Durable Goods Merchant Wholesalers
$48,880
70
97 Temporary Help Services
$48,390
1,440
98 State Government, excluding schools and hospitals (OES Designation)
$48,350
30
99 Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$48,220
90
100 Computer Systems Design and Related Services
$47,960
230
See also: Highest paying cities for mechanical engineering technicians.