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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 $122,840, Alaska is the highest paying state for mechanical engineers. It is followed by District of Columbia (average annual salary $107,500). The salary and employment information is computed from data published by U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in April 2017 [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
$122,840
$83,060 530
2 District of Columbia
$107,500
$68,490 780
3 New Mexico
$107,050
$70,750 1,200
4 California
$98,190
$59,570 24,830
5 Delaware
$95,330
$64,250 690
6 Maryland
$94,940
$58,130 4,990
7 Texas
$91,710
$60,580 19,690
8 New Jersey
$90,940
$54,980 4,890
9 Louisiana
$90,720
$53,940 1,990
10 Virginia
$89,950
$57,330 6,950
11 Arizona
$89,760
$58,230 4,370
12 Massachusetts
$89,630
$63,030 9,180
13 Washington
$88,570
$56,030 7,750
14 Mississippi
$88,210
$55,090 1,170
15 Illinois
$87,900
$55,830 14,500
16 Rhode Island
$87,190
$55,740 1,210
17 Michigan
$86,550
$54,220 42,080
18 Colorado
$86,520
$56,370 5,440
19 Tennessee
$85,500
$52,910 3,980
20 Alabama
$85,090
$55,670 3,460
21 Connecticut
$84,020
$56,420 5,970
22 Florida
$83,950
$50,600 6,980
23 New York
$83,870
$55,620 11,330
24 Oregon
$83,760
$55,660 3,860
25 New Hampshire
$83,580
$58,650 1,680
26 South Carolina
$83,390
$49,220 5,220
27 Maine
$82,540
$56,380 920
28 West Virginia
$81,880
$53,050 380
29 Wyoming
$81,810
$53,940 230
30 Nevada
$81,580
$53,250 660
31 Utah
$80,460
$54,360 3,510
32 North Carolina
$80,410
$53,410 7,100
33 Pennsylvania
$79,900
$52,410 13,440
34 Kentucky
$79,880
$53,610 3,240
35 Hawaii
$79,450
$51,560 680
36 Missouri
$79,340
$53,490 3,420
37 Vermont
$78,670
$49,820 490
38 Minnesota
$78,580
$53,670 7,040
39 Georgia
$78,100
$52,800 4,810
40 Oklahoma
$77,780
$49,750 2,580
41 Idaho
$76,490
$52,010 820
42 Ohio
$75,060
$52,090 14,920
43 Nebraska
$75,000
$53,030 950
44 Montana
$74,750
$52,010 370
45 Kansas
$73,270
$49,980 2,520
46 Wisconsin
$72,830
$51,730 10,290
47 Indiana
$72,600
$50,680 8,120
48 Iowa
$71,140
$48,120 2,370
49 South Dakota
$71,010
$53,200 520
50 North Dakota
$70,720
$43,000 610
51 Arkansas
$67,220
$40,790 1,130
52 Guam
$49,070
$41,020 60
53 Puerto Rico
$47,460
$32,890 950
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