Mechanical Engineer Salary and Wage Information

Wage Rate Low (<10%) Median (50%) High (>90%)
Hourly Wage $25.30 $39.50 $59.30
Annual Wage $52,600 $82,100 $123,300
  • "Low (<10%)" indicates that 10% of workers earned less and 90% earned more.
  • "Median (50%)" indicates that 50% of workers earned less and 50% earned more.
  • "High (>90%)" indicates that 90% of workers earned less and 10% earned more.
  • "N/A" indicates that data in not available
*The annual salary and wage data presented above represents U.S, Based workers with full-time employment and year-round schedules.

Additional Information
Mechanical Engineers design and develop various mechanical equipment and devices, such as engines, tools, and machines. Using specialized knowledge of engineering theory and principles, they supervise the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of the devices they design. They often use computers to analyze their designs, and modify them if necessary. Mechanical engineering is among the broadest of engineering disciplines.

The median annual salary for mechnical engineers was just about $80,530 in 2012. The lowest ten percent of mechanical engineering technicians earned less than $52,000 a year, while the top ten percent earned more than $121,500 a year.

For the top five industries employing mechanical engineers, the median annual salaries were as follows:

Compuer and electronics manufacturing $54,000
Architectural and engineering services $56,600
Tranportation equipment $51,900
Machinery manufacturing $51,600
Metal products manufacturing $48,300
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