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
25th Percentile Wage
50th Percentile Wage
75th Percentile Wage
90th Percentile Wage

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

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
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
Resin, Synthetic Rubber, and Artificial Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
Grain and Oilseed Milling
Aerospace Product and Parts Manufacturing
Dairy Product Manufacturing
Cement and Concrete Product Manufacturing
Pesticide, Fertilizer, and Other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturing
Other Furniture Related Product Manufacturing
Communications Equipment Manufacturing
Basic Chemical Manufacturing
Household Appliance Manufacturing
Other Chemical Product and Preparation Manufacturing
Navigational, Measuring, Electromedical, and Control Instruments Manufacturing
Semiconductor and Other Electronic Component Manufacturing
Computer and Electronic Product Manufacturing
Computer and Peripheral Equipment Manufacturing
Chemical Manufacturing
Pulp, Paper, and Paperboard Mills
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Engine, Turbine, and Power Transmission Equipment Manufacturing
Ship and Boat Building
Other Electrical Equipment and Component Manufacturing
Paper Manufacturing
Audio and Video Equipment Manufacturing
Railroad Rolling Stock Manufacturing
Iron and Steel Mills and Ferroalloy Manufacturing
Beverage Manufacturing
Converted Paper Product Manufacturing
Food Manufacturing
Medical Equipment and Supplies Manufacturing
Agriculture, Construction, and Mining Machinery Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment, Appliance, and Component Manufacturing
Paint, Coating, and Adhesive Manufacturing
Other Textile Product Mills
Motor Vehicle Parts Manufacturing
Textile Mills
Clay Product and Refractory Manufacturing
Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Plastics Product Manufacturing
Commercial and Service Industry Machinery Manufacturing
Other Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Plastics and Rubber Products Manufacturing
Nonferrous Metal (except Aluminum) Production and Processing
Other Nonmetallic Mineral Product Manufacturing
Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Electrical Equipment Manufacturing
Coating, Engraving, Heat Treating, and Allied Activities
Rubber Product Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Manufacturing
Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing
Other Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Hardware Manufacturing
Boiler, Tank, and Shipping Container Manufacturing
Soap, Cleaning Compound, and Toilet Preparation Manufacturing
Fabric Mills
Machinery Manufacturing
Glass and Glass Product Manufacturing
Industrial Machinery Manufacturing
Other General Purpose Machinery Manufacturing
Primary Metal Manufacturing
Other Miscellaneous Manufacturing
Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing
Cutlery and Handtool Manufacturing
Ventilation, Heating, Air-Conditioning, and Commercial Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing
Alumina and Aluminum Production and Processing
Turned Product and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Textile Product Mills
Steel Product Manufacturing from Purchased Steel
Machine Shops; Turned Product; and Screw, Nut, and Bolt Manufacturing
Machine Shops
Forging and Stamping
Veneer, Plywood, and Engineered Wood Product Manufacturing
Architectural and Structural Metals Manufacturing
Spring and Wire Product Manufacturing
Electric Lighting Equipment Manufacturing
Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer Manufacturing
Furniture and Related Product Manufacturing
Office Furniture (including Fixtures) Manufacturing
Metalworking Machinery Manufacturing
Printing and Related Support Activities
Printing and Related Support Activities
Household and Institutional Furniture Manufacturing
Wood Product Manufacturing
Household and Institutional Furniture and Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturing
Other Wood Product Manufacturing
Wood Kitchen Cabinet and Countertop Manufacturing

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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