How Much Do Mechanical Engineers Make?

mechanical engineer job descriptionFrom all of the engineering disciplines, mechanical engineering is one of the broadest. Mechanical engineers are involved in designing, researching, development, and the testing of mechanical and thermal devices. This includes engines, machines, and tools.

Mechanical engineers are characterized by their creative abilities, for developing a breadth of knowledge in their industry, and for being versatile. It’s also important to be able to not only work autonomously, but as a part of a team too.

We all use a lot of day-to-day items that we probably don’t stop and think about, but engineers were involved in the design and manufacture of. Like microwaves, refrigeration, communication devices, transportation, to mention a few etc.

Mechanical Engineer Salary

If you have been pondering on, how much do Mechanical Engineers make? The Median annual wage for Mechanical Engineers is $87,370. This is calculated by looking at the figure that half of the workers earned more than, and half earned less than.

mechanical engineer salaryThe lowest 10% earn less than $56,270, while the top 10% earn more than $136,550. This shows a clear indication that the lower level of earnings reflects the fact that there are certain qualifications needed to enter this profession.

We can look at the top five industries employing mechanical engineers, and the median annual wage being paid:

Computer and electronic product manufacturing – $93,070
Architectural, engineering, and related services – $90,060
Transportation equipment manufacturing – $88,460
Machinery manufacturing – $80,310
Scientific research and development services – $99,870

Mechanical engineers are in demand in the US now, with future projections indicating that there is a need for professionals in this area of speciality. Out of around 3 million engineers in the US now, around 20% are Mechanical Engineers.

Top 5 Paying States

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alaska Flag
Alaska
1.49
$59.45
$123,660
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
1.33
$48.54
$100,970
California Flag
California
1.59
$47.77
$99,360
Texas Flag
Texas
1.81
$47.63
$99,080
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
1.39
$47.30
$98,390

Top Paying Industries

Industry
Percent of industry employment
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Oil and Gas Extraction
0.50
$74.01
$153,940
Information Services
0.06
$66.59
$138,510
Waste Treatment and Disposal
0.63
$52.88
$110,000
Waste Management Services
$51.27
$106,640
Support Activities for Air Transportation
0.06
$49.82
$103,630

Mechanical Engineer Job Description

What-does-a-Mechanical-Engineer-doThere is a wide range of tasks within a mechanical engineers job spec, here are some of the typical tasks:

  • Analysing problems to find a resolve using mechanical and thermal applications to solve the problem.
  • Using computer technology to design or redesign current mechanical and thermal devices.
  • Being involved in the research and development phase of prototypes of devices.
  • Analysing test results and making changes to designs as required.
  • Overseeing the manufacturing process for mechanical and thermal devices.

Mechanical engineers oversee the design and manufacturing process of many products being made. From medical devices, to household appliances, to batteries. As well as much larger machines, such as electric generators, combustion engines, wind, steam, and gas turbines, as well as other power generating or power using machines.

An individual wouldn’t be expected to oversee the whole process from start to finish. Teams will be divided into different department, sometimes depending on skill set and experience, or sometimes on request of a person’s preferred role. There will be teams of engineers in the design department, overseeing the design of a product and making changes where needed. Likewise there will be engineers involved in the manufacturing process, checking for defects and reporting back to the design team.

Mechanical engineers also design machinery used in buildings, like factories or living accommodations. These can include elevators, escalators, and mechanical doors. They also design systems and devices used in workplaces, like material-handling systems, product sorting machines, conveyor systems and automated processes.

Mechanical engineers rely heavily on computers and other state-of-the-art technologies in this modern era. Computers help mechanical engineers create designs to a high degree of accuracy, and analyze reports and patterns. Some advanced computer simulations can test how a device or machine is going to be working, and calculate the specifications needed to create parts.

Having an engineering degree is an excellent foundation for entering into the engineering profession, and gives an individual a good start on further training and development.

Mechanical Engineer Job Outlook

There is a 9% projected growth in the employment of mechanical engineers between 2016 and 2026. This is as fast as the average calculated for all occupations, but can change drastically if there are unexpected advances in technology. Mechanical engineers are able to work across a wide range of industries, across many different types of project. With this in mind, there can also be large shifts in employment when trends shift.

Growth in industries such as oil and gas extraction is expected to grow. This is because the knowledge and technologic advancements with thermal energy is on the increase. The scope of alternative energies is always broadening, and natural resources deplete. Raising more opportunities for engineers to develop new strategies.

Overall the outlook for mechanical engineers is positive, and probably the most positive out of all the types of engineering.

Mechanical Engineer Salary by State

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State
Employment per 1000 Jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Alabama Flag
Alabama
1.758
$40.49
$84,210
Alaska Flag
Alaska
1.488
$59.45
$123,660
Arizona Flag
Arizona
1.537
$44.88
$93,340
Arkansas Flag
Arkansas
1.105
$35.47
$73,770
California Flag
California
1.589
$47.77
$99,360
Colorado flag
Colorado
2.626
$42.71
$88,830
Connecticut Flag
Connecticut
3.673
$40.52
$84,290
Delaware flag
Delaware
1.683
$46.48
$96,670
Florida Flag
Florida
0.706
$40.80
$84,860
Georgia Flag
Georgia
1.252
$39.41
$81,970
Hawaii Flag
Hawaii
0.952
$38.47
$80,020
Idaho Flag
Idaho
1.734
$39.39
$81,940
Illinois Flag
Illinois
2.044
$40.59
$84,420
Indiana Flag
Indiana
3.567
$35.72
$74,300
Iowa Flag
Iowa
1.843
$35.43
$73,700
Kansas Flag
Kansas
1.634
$34.83
$72,440
Kentucky Flag
Kentucky
1.536
$37.72
$78,450
Louisiana Flag
Louisiana
1.391
$47.30
$98,390
Maine Flag
Maine
1.312
$39.86
$82,900
Maryland Flag
Maryland
2.008
$46.06
$95,800
Massachusetts Flag
Massachusetts
2.808
$44.35
$92,250
Michigan Flag
Michigan
9.501
$42.66
$88,730
Minnesota Flag
Minnesota
2.457
$39.60
$82,370
Mississippi Flag
Mississippi
0.802
$37.24
$77,460
Missouri Flag
Missouri
1.343
$38.24
$79,530
Montana Flag
Montana
0.789
$38.03
$79,110
Nebraska Flag
Nebraska
1.039
$36.79
$76,530
Nevada Flag
Nevada
0.458
$41.20
$85,700
New Hampshire Flag
New Hampshire
2.665
$40.85
$84,970
New Jersey Flag
New Jersey
1.629
$43.27
$90,000
New Mexico Flag
New Mexico
1.334
$48.54
$100,970
New York Flag
New York
1.163
$40.82
$84,900
North Carolina Flag
North Carolina
1.411
$39.21
$81,550
North Dakota Flag
North Dakota
1.143
$35.55
$73,940
Ohio Flag
Ohio
2.345
$35.83
$74,520
Oklahoma Flag
Oklahoma
1.569
$39.34
$81,830
Oregon Flag
Oregon
1.592
$39.01
$81,140
Pennsylvania Flag
Pennsylvania
1.854
$39.86
$82,900
Rhode Island Flag
Rhode Island
2.16
$43.79
$91,080
South Carolina Flag
South Carolina
3.023
$41.21
$85,710
South Dakota Flag
South Dakota
1.17
$33.62
$69,930
Tennessee Flag
Tennessee
1.478
$40.90
$85,060
Texas Flag
Texas
1.81
$47.63
$99,080
Utah Flag
Utah
2.736
$37.38
$77,760
Vermont Flag
Vermont
1.718
$41.03
$85,330
Virginia Flag
Virginia
2.251
$46.61
$96,960
Washington Flag
Washington
2.216
$43.92
$91,360
West Virginia Flag
West Virginia
0.504
$37.00
$76,960
Wisconsin Flag
Wisconsin
3.053
$34.01
$70,730
Wyomin Flag
Wyoming
0.913
$38.70
$80,500

Top paying metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Anchorage, AK
2.21
$60.22
$125,260
Taunton/Norton/Raynham – MA, NECTA Division
4.42
$56.15
$116,780
San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara – CA
4.52
$53.71
$111,720
Washington/Arlington/Alexandria – DC/VA/MD/WV – Metropolitan Division
1.86
$52.91
$110,060
Boulder, CO
4.53
$52.85
$109,920

Top paying non-metropolitan areas

Area
Employment per 1000 jobs
Hourly mean wage
Annual mean wage
Railbelt – Southwest Alaska, nonmetropolitan area
0.72
$59.92
$124,640
Northeastern Oklahoma – nonmetropolitan area
0.89
$51.78
$107,700
Northeastern Virginia – nonmetropolitan area
7.09
$50.28
$104,570
Sussex County – Delaware – nonmetropolitan area
1.03
$47.93
$99,690
St. Mary’s County – Maryland – nonmetropolitan area
8.87
$45.60
$94,840

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