Mechanical Engineer Salary in Sector of Manufacturing

The salary statistics of mechanical engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing are shown in Table 1. In Table 2 we compare mechanical engineer salaries in different industries within the manufacturing sector.

Average Annual Salary of Mechanical Engineers

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,050
25th Percentile Wage
$64,760
50th Percentile Wage
$79,910
75th Percentile Wage
$100,650
90th Percentile Wage
$125,490

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing. The salaries are shown in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical engineers is $125,490. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $79,910. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid mechanical engineers is $53,050.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201679,9100.85%3.67%
201579,2300.88%-
201478,5300.89%-
201377,8301.09%-
201276,980--

Compare Mechanical Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of mechanical engineers in 89 industries in the manufacturing sector are shown below. We note that within this industry sector, the salaries vary among different industries. The highest paying industry for mechanical engineer occupations is the beverage and tobacco product manufacturing industry with an annual salary $104,070. The lowest paying industry is the wood kitchen cabinet and countertop manufacturing industry (annual salary $60,580). For detailed mechanical engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$104,070
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$97,960
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$97,960
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$95,550
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$95,220
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$93,910
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$92,870
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$92,580
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$91,170
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$90,850
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$90,370
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$90,300
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$89,890
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$89,750
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$89,630
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$89,550
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$89,330
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$87,700
Chemical Manufacturing
$87,250
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$85,850
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$84,940
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$84,530
Ship and Boat Building
$84,200
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$84,120
Paper Manufacturing
$84,080
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$83,880
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$83,430
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$83,020
Beverage Manufacturing
$82,740
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$82,600
Food Manufacturing
$82,550
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$81,050
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$80,780
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$80,460
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$80,080
Other Textile Product Mills
$80,030
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$79,680
Textile Mills
$79,390
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$79,200
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$79,050
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$78,310
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$78,210
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$78,160
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$78,120
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$78,120
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$77,920
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$77,790
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$77,760
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$77,590
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$77,560
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$77,550
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$77,480
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,830
Hardware Manufacturing
$76,740
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$76,180
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$76,100
Fabric Mills
$75,840
Machinery Manufacturing
$75,480
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$75,270
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$74,560
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$74,120
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$74,080
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$73,920
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$73,850
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$72,890
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$72,810
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$72,610
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$72,170
Textile Product Mills
$72,090
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$71,960
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$71,900
Machine Shops
$71,780
Forging and Stamping
$71,580
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$70,080
Foundries
$70,060
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$69,940
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$69,650
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$68,990
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$68,290
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$68,220
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$68,110
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$67,960
Printing and Related Support Activities
$67,540
Printing and Related Support Activities
$67,540
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$66,120
Wood Product Manufacturing
$65,280
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$64,070
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$62,550
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$60,580

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].




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