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Mechanical Engineer salary in United States

How much does a Mechanical Engineer make in the United States?

Average base salary

$84,459

Most common benefits

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401(k)
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The average salary for a mechanical engineer is $84,459 per year in the United States. 6.5k salaries reported, updated at June 25, 2022.

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Salaries by years of experience in the United States

Years of experiencePer year
Less than 1 year
1 to 2 years
3 to 5 years
6 to 9 years
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Top companies for Mechanical Engineers in United States

  1. Sandia National Laboratories
    4.2star
    273 reviews18 salaries reported
    $198,682per year
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Highest paying cities for Mechanical Engineers in United States

  1. Atlanta, GA
    $136,905 per year
    36 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $97,312 per year
    41 salaries reported
  3. San Jose, CA
    $92,859 per year
    30 salaries reported
  1. Houston, TX
    $91,600 per year
    58 salaries reported
  2. New York, NY
    $90,951 per year
    73 salaries reported
  3. Dallas, TX
    $89,228 per year
    32 salaries reported
  1. Newport News, VA
    $88,555 per year
    15 salaries reported
  2. Denver, CO
    $88,294 per year
    89 salaries reported
  3. Los Angeles, CA
    $87,153 per year
    30 salaries reported
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Where can a Mechanical Engineer earn more?

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Best-paid skills and qualifications for Mechanical Engineers

Most recommended skill

Aerospace Engineering Degreeearn +64.41% more

The jobs requiring this skill have increase by 136.34% since 2018. Mechanical Engineers with this skill earn +64.41% more than the average base salary, which is $84,459 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this skillChange from previous year
20111increase by 1
20121081increase by 108000.00%
20132243increase by 107.49%
20142282increase by 1.74%
2015949decrease by 58.41%
20161834increase by 93.26%
20171240decrease by 32.39%
20181263increase by 1.85%
20192985increase by 136.34%

Top companies hiring Mechanical Engineers with the recommended skill

QinetiQ
Northrop Grumman
Lockheed Martin
BAE Systems USA
SpaceX
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Top certifications
Six Sigma Certification
+32.49%salary
Top fields of study
Aerospace Engineering Degree
+64.41%salary
Top licenses
Professional Engineer
+10.13%salary

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
26 jobs31
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Most common benefits for Mechanical Engineers

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • AD&D insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • Employee assistance program
  • Employee discount
  • Flexible schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Opportunities for advancement
  • Paid time off
  • Parental leave
  • Professional development assistance
  • Profit sharing
  • Referral program
  • Relocation assistance
  • Retirement plan
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance
  • Work from home
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Salary satisfaction

Based on 729 ratings

64% of Mechanical Engineers in the United States think their salaries are enough for the cost of living in their area.

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How much do similar professions get paid in United States?

Mechanical Designer

10,459 job openings

Average $74,050 per year

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Which cities have the highest salaries for mechanical engineers?

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