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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 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Mechanical Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$55,310
25th Percentile Wage
$68,270
50th Percentile Wage
$85,880
75th Percentile Wage
$108,580
90th Percentile Wage
$133,900

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 $133,900. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $85,880. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $55,310. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 142% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

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

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$85,880
1.97% 6.17%
2016
$84,190
0.71% -
2015
$83,590
0.63% -
2014
$83,060
1.16% -
2013
$82,100
1.85% -
2012
$80,580
- -

Table 2. Mechanical Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of mechanical engineers in 19 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 $69,030).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Information
$115,000
Finance and Insurance
$102,120
Utilities
$97,100
Federal, State, and Local Government
$96,750
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$94,900
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$92,890
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$91,030
Mining
$89,410
Other Services (except Federal, State, and Local Government)
$88,570
Transportation and Warehousing
$86,060
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$84,450
Manufacturing
$81,600
Wholesale Trade
$81,310
Construction
$80,240
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
$75,600
Health Care and Social Assistance
$72,660
Accommodation and Food Services
$70,410
Retail Trade
$69,790
Educational Services
$69,030

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 $48,260 to $115,530. The highest paying state for mechanical engineers is Alaska with a median annual salary of $115,530. The lowest paying state is Guam with a median annual salary of $48,260. For more salary information of mechanical engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
Alaska
$115,530
District of Columbia
$111,010
New Mexico
$109,750
Maryland
$98,880
California
$98,260
Delaware
$98,050
Texas
$93,880
Virginia
$92,870
Colorado
$92,120
Massachusetts
$91,320
New Jersey
$90,000
Mississippi
$89,770
Washington
$89,170
Rhode Island
$89,100
Illinois
$88,920
Michigan
$88,340
Louisiana
$88,100
Arizona
$87,730
New Hampshire
$87,710
Oregon
$86,530
New York
$86,440
Wyoming
$86,280
Alabama
$85,750
Nevada
$85,190
Florida
$84,530
Utah
$84,430
Connecticut
$84,000
Kentucky
$83,470
Tennessee
$83,260
South Carolina
$82,940
Maine
$82,340
West Virginia
$81,790
Missouri
$81,780
North Carolina
$81,750
Oklahoma
$81,610
Minnesota
$80,190
Vermont
$79,960
Pennsylvania
$79,930
Idaho
$78,870
Hawaii
$77,690
Georgia
$77,290
Montana
$76,730
Ohio
$76,350
Nebraska
$76,190
Kansas
$75,340
Indiana
$75,250
Wisconsin
$74,630
South Dakota
$71,700
North Dakota
$71,400
Iowa
$69,780
Arkansas
$67,470
Puerto Rico
$49,190
Guam
$48,260



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