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Mechanical Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of mechanical engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of mechanical engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The mechanical engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Mechanical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$54,420
25th Percentile Wage
$67,070
50th Percentile Wage
$84,190
75th Percentile Wage
$106,420
90th Percentile Wage
$131,350

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for mechanical engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) mechanical engineers is $131,350. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $84,190. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $54,420. Notice that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 141% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

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
201684,1900.71%4.29%
201583,5900.63%-
201483,0601.16%-
201382,1001.85%-
201280,580--

Table 2. Mechanical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mechanical engineers in 18 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for mechanical engineers occupations is the information sector with an annual salary $115,000. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $65,260).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$115,000
Mining
$99,600
Utilities
$97,000
Federal, State, and Local Government
$95,410
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$90,220
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$90,200
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$89,680
Transportation and Warehousing
$85,420
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$85,250
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$84,350
Wholesale Trade
$80,080
Manufacturing
$79,910
Construction
$77,230
Accommodation and Food Services
$72,470
Health Care and Social Assistance
$71,600
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$71,070
Retail Trade
$67,390
Educational Services
$65,260

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Mechanical Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only mechanical engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of mechanical engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $47,460 to $122,840. The highest paying state for mechanical engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $122,840. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $47,460. For more salary information of mechanical engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$122,840
District of Columbia
$107,500
New Mexico
$107,050
California
$98,190
Delaware
$95,330
Maryland
$94,940
Texas
$91,710
New Jersey
$90,940
Louisiana
$90,720
Virginia
$89,950
Arizona
$89,760
Massachusetts
$89,630
Washington
$88,570
Mississippi
$88,210
Illinois
$87,900
Rhode Island
$87,190
Michigan
$86,550
Colorado
$86,520
Tennessee
$85,500
Alabama
$85,090
Connecticut
$84,020
Florida
$83,950
New York
$83,870
Oregon
$83,760
New Hampshire
$83,580
South Carolina
$83,390
Maine
$82,540
West Virginia
$81,880
Wyoming
$81,810
Nevada
$81,580
Utah
$80,460
North Carolina
$80,410
Pennsylvania
$79,900
Kentucky
$79,880
Hawaii
$79,450
Missouri
$79,340
Vermont
$78,670
Minnesota
$78,580
Georgia
$78,100
Oklahoma
$77,780
Idaho
$76,490
Ohio
$75,060
Nebraska
$75,000
Montana
$74,750
Kansas
$73,270
Wisconsin
$72,830
Indiana
$72,600
Iowa
$71,140
South Dakota
$71,010
North Dakota
$70,720
Arkansas
$67,220
Guam
$49,070
Puerto Rico
$47,460



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