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Mechanical engineer salary in United States

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

Average base salary

Average $90,999
Low $62,216
High $133,098
Non-cash benefit
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The average salary for a mechanical engineer is $90,999 per year in the United States. 15.1k salaries reported, updated at September 21, 2023

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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
More than 10 years
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Top companies for Mechanical Engineers in United States

  1. Applied Materials
    1,070 reviews19 salaries reported
    $131,993per year
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Highest paying cities for Mechanical Engineers near United States

  1. San Jose, CA
    $114,042 per year
    53 salaries reported
  2. Andover, MA
    $109,326 per year
    23 salaries reported
  3. Queens, NY
    $102,039 per year
    16 salaries reported
  1. New York, NY
    $98,856 per year
    162 salaries reported
  2. San Diego, CA
    $97,377 per year
    145 salaries reported
  3. Houston, TX
    $94,650 per year
    337 salaries reported
  1. Huntsville, AL
    $92,603 per year
    103 salaries reported
  2. Dallas, TX
    $89,542 per year
    78 salaries reported
  3. Lexington, KY
    $86,183 per year
    16 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 license

Professional Engineer

(earn +10.13% more)

The jobs requiring this license have increase by 15.96% since 2018. Mechanical Engineers with this license earn +10.13% more than the average base salary, which is $90,999 per year.

Job Trend
YearNumber of job openings on Indeed requiring this licenseChange from previous year
20101increase by 1
20111decrease by 0.00%
20128232increase by 823100.00%
201321831increase by 165.20%
201426626increase by 21.96%
201511608decrease by 56.40%
201614220increase by 22.50%
20179550decrease by 32.84%
201810148increase by 6.26%
201911768increase by 15.96%

Top companies hiring Mechanical Engineers on Indeed

Global Hires Linkedin
Steel Dynamics
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Top certifications
Six Sigma Certification
Top fields of study
Aerospace Engineering Degree
Top skills

More critical skills and qualifications that pay well

Top CertificationsSalaryJob openingsCompanies
26 jobs31
3 jobs3
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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

Job openings

Average $82,536 per year

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Common questions about salaries for a Mechanical Engineer

How can I know if I am being paid fairly as a mechanical engineer?

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Which cities have the highest salaries for mechanical engineers?

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