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Mechanical Engineer Salary Information in North Carolina

The average annual and hourly salaries for mechanical engineers in the state of North Carolina are shown in Table 1 and Table 2, respectively. The comparison of the salary statistics of mechanical engineers among North Carolina areas is shown in Table 3. The salary statistics are based on the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1 & 2. Annual & Hourly Salary of Mechanical Engineers in North Carolina

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$53,410
25th Percentile Wage
$65,760
50th Percentile Wage
$80,410
75th Percentile Wage
$98,570
90th Percentile Wage
$121,730

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical engineers in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is $121,730. The median (50th percentile) annual salary is $80,410. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $53,410.

Percentile BracketAverage Hourly Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$25.68
25th Percentile Wage
$31.62
50th Percentile Wage
$38.65
75th Percentile Wage
$47.39
90th Percentile Wage
$58.53

Table 2 shows the average hourly salary for mechanical engineers in North Carolina in 5 percentile scales. The average hourly salary for the 90th percentile is $58.53. The median hourly salary is $38.65. The average hourly salary for the bottom 10 percent is $25.68.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
201680,4101.43%8.06%
201579,2601.20%-
201478,3103.91%-
201375,2501.75%-
201273,930--

Table 3. Median Annual Salary of Mechanical Engineers in North Carolina Cities

Table 3 shows the median annual salary of mechanical engineers in some North Carolina cities and metropolitan areas. We note that the median annual salary of mechanical engineers in state of North Carolina ranges from $65,340 to $96,240. The highest paying area for mechanical engineers in North Carolina is Wilmington with a median annual salary of $96,240. The second highest paying city/area in North Carolina State is Raleigh-Cary (mean annual salary $89,300). The lowest paying area is Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area with a median annual salary of $65,340.

Cities/Areas Median Annual Salary
Wilmington
$96,240
Raleigh-Cary
$89,300
Burlington
$86,420
Fayetteville
$85,460
Winston-Salem
$84,290
Greenville
$81,600
Durham-Chapel Hill
$78,580
Northeastern North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$78,210
Greensboro-High Point
$76,460
Western Central North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$75,690
Asheville
$74,200
Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton
$74,100
Rocky Mount
$72,950
Other North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$71,960
Goldsboro
$70,270
Western North Carolina nonmetropolitan area
$65,340


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