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Highest Paying States for Mechanical Engineers

The highest paying states 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 of mechanical engineers in those states are also shown in the table. As shown in the table, with an annual salary of $115,530, Alaska is the highest paying state for mechanical engineers. It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $111,010). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2018 [1]. For more salary information of mechanical engineers in a specific state, use the links in the table.

Table 1. Highest Paying States for Mechanical Engineers

Rank State Average Salary i Entry Level
Salary i
# of
Empl. i
1 Alaska
$115,530
$81,410 540
2 District of Columbia
$111,010
$70,680 670
3 New Mexico
$109,750
$65,370 1,210
4 Maryland
$98,880
$60,160 5,540
5 California
$98,260
$60,660 25,630
6 Delaware
$98,050
$67,280 620
7 Texas
$93,880
$64,340 18,970
8 Virginia
$92,870
$57,610 7,120
9 Colorado
$92,120
$58,920 4,920
10 Massachusetts
$91,320
$63,890 9,480
11 New Jersey
$90,000
$56,670 5,080
12 Mississippi
$89,770
$57,320 1,160
13 Washington
$89,170
$56,450 7,720
14 Rhode Island
$89,100
$58,280 1,200
15 Illinois
$88,920
$54,770 15,930
16 Michigan
$88,340
$55,850 44,680
17 Louisiana
$88,100
$50,520 1,660
18 Arizona
$87,730
$57,100 4,190
19 New Hampshire
$87,710
$61,640 1,990
20 Oregon
$86,530
$57,200 3,930
21 New York
$86,440
$57,170 11,710
22 Wyoming
$86,280
$55,650 210
23 Alabama
$85,750
$56,230 3,550
24 Nevada
$85,190
$47,350 780
25 Florida
$84,530
$51,400 7,500
26 Utah
$84,430
$56,230 3,130
27 Connecticut
$84,000
$57,430 3,790
28 Kentucky
$83,470
$52,300 3,970
29 Tennessee
$83,260
$49,730 4,200
30 South Carolina
$82,940
$52,020 4,870
31 Maine
$82,340
$57,030 940
32 West Virginia
$81,790
$52,320 470
33 Missouri
$81,780
$54,600 3,060
34 North Carolina
$81,750
$54,390 7,980
35 Oklahoma
$81,610
$54,430 2,630
36 Minnesota
$80,190
$55,060 6,800
37 Vermont
$79,960
$53,870 380
38 Pennsylvania
$79,930
$53,470 14,440
39 Idaho
$78,870
$55,140 910
40 Hawaii
$77,690
$50,710 680
41 Georgia
$77,290
$52,630 4,800
42 Montana
$76,730
$52,830 490
43 Ohio
$76,350
$52,650 15,150
44 Nebraska
$76,190
$54,010 1,070
45 Kansas
$75,340
$51,540 2,630
46 Indiana
$75,250
$52,030 8,050
47 Wisconsin
$74,630
$52,530 10,810
48 South Dakota
$71,700
$53,840 510
49 North Dakota
$71,400
$51,740 540
50 Iowa
$69,780
$47,110 1,970
51 Arkansas
$67,470
$43,150 1,010
52 Puerto Rico
$49,190
$35,470 1,190
53 Guam
$48,260
$40,850 70
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