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
$53,940
25th Percentile Wage
$66,170
50th Percentile Wage
$81,600
75th Percentile Wage
$102,290
90th Percentile Wage
$127,800

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 $127,800. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $81,600. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent paid mechanical engineers is $53,940.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of mechanical engineers in the industry sector of manufacturing from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$81,600
2.07% 5.66%
2016
$79,910
0.85% -
2015
$79,230
0.88% -
2014
$78,530
0.89% -
2013
$77,830
1.09% -
2012
$76,980
- -

Compare Mechanical Engineer Salary in Different Industries within the Manufacturing Sector

The average salaries of mechanical engineers in 105 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 computer and peripheral equipment manufacturing industry with an annual salary $96,810. The lowest paying industry is the bakeries and tortilla manufacturing industry (annual salary $57,740). For detailed mechanical engineer salary information in a particular industry, use the links provided below.

Industry Name Median Annual Salary
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
$96,810
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$96,510
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
$96,510
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
$96,360
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
$95,550
Dairy Product Manufacturing
$95,160
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
$94,740
Chemical Manufacturing
$94,130
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
$93,420
Grain and Oilseed Milling
$92,700
Beverage and Tobacco Product Manufacturing
$92,690
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
$92,580
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
$91,680
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
$91,440
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
$91,170
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
$90,530
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
$90,300
Sugar and Confectionery Product Manufacturing
$90,040
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
$89,760
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
$89,750
Chemical Manufacturing
$89,130
Household Appliance Manufacturing
$88,920
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
$88,760
Fruit and Vegetable Preserving and Specialty Food Manufacturing
$87,640
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$86,670
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
$85,910
Paper Manufacturing
$85,810
Textile Product Mills
$85,690
Animal Slaughtering and Processing
$84,590
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
$84,100
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
$83,530
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
$83,520
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
$83,430
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
$83,330
Beverage Manufacturing
$82,740
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
$82,490
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$82,360
Food Manufacturing
$82,350
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
$82,160
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
$82,120
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
$82,090
Other Textile Product Mills
$81,250
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
$80,780
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
$80,080
Chemical Manufacturing
$79,610
Plastics Product Manufacturing
$79,420
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
$79,200
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
$79,060
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
$79,050
Textile Mills
$78,920
Other Food Manufacturing
$78,640
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
$78,530
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$78,310
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
$78,300
Fiber, Yarn, and Thread Mills
$78,260
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
$78,020
Rubber Product Manufacturing
$78,010
Textile and Fabric Finishing and Fabric Coating Mills
$77,970
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
$77,920
Machinery Manufacturing
$77,780
Primary Metal Manufacturing
$77,670
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
$77,670
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
$77,550
Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$77,500
Machinery Manufacturing
$77,400
Other Leather and Allied Product Manufacturing
$77,230
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,840
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$76,830
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
$76,750
Hardware Manufacturing
$76,740
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
$76,180
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
$76,100
Ship and Boat Building
$75,790
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
$75,270
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$75,170
Printing and Related Support Activities
$74,590
Printing and Related Support Activities
$74,590
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
$74,560
Foundries
$74,360
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
$74,120
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
$73,990
Fabric Mills
$73,910
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
$73,670
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
$73,650
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$73,630
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
$72,890
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
$72,810
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
$72,750
Machine Shops
$72,390
Forging and Stamping
$71,580
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
$70,130
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
$69,940
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
$69,650
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
$68,340
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
$68,110
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$67,930
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
$66,680
Wood Product Manufacturing
$66,180
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
$66,120
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
$65,490
Textile Furnishings Mills
$64,960
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
$64,770
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
$64,070
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing
$60,580
Bakeries and Tortilla Manufacturing
$57,740

Data source: The national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].




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