Mechanical Engineer Salary

mechanical-engineer-salary-chart-template.jpgMechanical engineers are involved in the design of machines, engines, tools, and various mechanically functioning systems. They are responsible for the repair, maintenance, operation, and installation of mechanical equipment such as steam systems, water, gas, and centralized heating.

Salary

Mechanical engineers earn on average about $84,770 a year. The lowest 10% of them earn no more than $52,030; the top 10% earns at least $121,530 a year. The median salary is $80,580.

The industries for the best employment opportunities are: architectural, engineering, and related services (54,770 employed, average $89,760 yearly); scientific research and development services (14,470 employed, average $93,540); and aerospace product and parts manufacturing (12,940 employed, average $90,550). The top paying industry is in petroleum: oil and gas extraction ($128,650 average yearly; 420 employed).

The states with the highest levels of employment are Michigan (30,450 employed; $86,280 average); California (23,900 employed; $94,420 average); and Texas (17,250 employed; $92,470 average).

Job Outlook

The job outlook of mechanical engineers is expected to grow 5% from 2012 to 2022, which is slower than average. It is important to focus on new technologies for the best employment. Training in 3-D printing can be critical. Sectors such as automobile design (for hybrids/electrics and clean diesels), oil and gas extraction, alternative energies, and nanotechnology are examples that could see the most growth for mechanical engineers.

Mechanical Engineer Salary by State

State Lowest 10% Median Salary Highest 10% Average Salary
Alabama $52,350 $81,960 $117,890 $83,190
Alaska $63,200 $94,320 $155,010 $103,840
Arizona $54,320 $82,910 $133,210 $89,360
Arkansas $42,260 $68,710 $98,370 $71,160
California $56,420 $91,120 $139,970 $94,420
Colorado $49,060 $82,340 $136,260 $86,600
Connecticut $51,020 $81,710 $118,460 $82,800
Delaware $44,910 $86,590 $126,840 $86,630
Florida $42,440 $75,310 $121,060 $79,230
Georgia $50,700 $74,810 $112,100 $78,310
Hawaii $55,850 $82,870 $115,520 $84,720
Idaho $55,900 $79,460 $118,450 $85,060
Illinois $51,710 $80,870 $135,110 $91,050
Indiana $49,840 $70,960 $106,210 $74,360
Iowa $45,820 $68,420 $97,810 $70,110
Kansas $49,490 $69,550 $109,370 $73,770
Kentucky $51,440 $75,180 $108,080 $76,830
Louisiana $54,590 $84,380 $132,030 $88,230
Maine $51,140 $75,220 $109,540 $77,380
Maryland $56,330 $88,070 $136,770 $92,020
Massachusetts $60,760 $88,290 $129,990 $91,120
Michigan $56,950 $85,790 $118,260 $86,280
Minnesota $52,280 $75,750 $113,490 $78,860
Mississippi $48,850 $70,690 $103,540 $72,990
Missouri $49,410 $76,140 $115,350 $78,360
Montana $43,590 $67,580 $108,090 $71,100
Nebraska $50,050 $72,020 $106,360 $74,450
Nevada $52,200 $75,900 $120,580 $81,060
New Hampshire $56,010 $76,360 $112,960 $80,280
New Jersey $57,230 $85,930 $131,620 $89,800
New Mexico $62,510 $89,570 $124,260 $91,850
New York $51,510 $77,720 $123,640 $83,270
North Carolina $50,150 $73,930 $110,570 $76,950
North Dakota $49,630 $70,920 $104,090 $73,400
Ohio $48,360 $71,140 $108,910 $75,350
Oklahoma $51,150 $76,120 $102,330 $76,470
Oregon $52,280 $81,040 $115,710 $82,010
Pennsylvania $50,270 $74,670 $113,480 $78,480
Rhode Island $62,770 $90,840 $128,790 $92,820
South Carolina $51,320 $81,010 $125,550 $85,600
South Dakota $50,960 $66,580 $95,770 $70,960
Tennessee $52,200 $76,430 $111,550 $79,780
Texas $54,470 $86,460 $140,050 $92,470
Utah $52,810 $75,920 $113,030 $79,400
Vermont $50,380 $71,980 $113,290 $77,290
Virginia $56,050 $83,890 $139,250 $91,860
Washington $56,800 $89,190 $128,160 $90,310
West Virginia $47,820 $76,110 $110,300 $77,630
Wisconsin $47,460 $68,120 $94,770 $69,610
Wyoming $50,470 $80,480 $120,490 $82,090