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How much does a Mechanical Enngineer make a year?

Asked Show Low, Arizona

what's the annual salary a #mechanical-engineer make a year ?

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Douglas’s Answer

Updated Easton, Massachusetts


Money is certainly important and I would say that depending upon location and industry, an ME would start at about $60K plus benefits (e.g. medical, retirement, etc.) which are not to be underestimated, especially as you grow older. For experienced MEs, depending upon the industry and what you are doing, $250K+/year is not unheard of. But, equally as important as the money is the ability to "grow" in your profession. Being an ME, there are numerous different career paths you can follow depending upon your changing needs and interests. Which brings up the portability of your skills. Once you are an ME, you will not be limited by geography or industry as there is a need for MEs in many if not all parts of the country (and world) doing all sorts of things. You can go into design engineering, field engineering, application engineering, project management, sales, training, consulting - the list is quite long. At one time or another, I have been all of the proceeding and have worked in the US as well as several foreign countries. The key is to keep learning and trying new things and being an ME enables you to grow and opens the door to doing many interesting and even exciting things. As well as making a good salary. So while a good salary is important, the profession of Mechanical Engineering in and of itself is very rewarding in the experiences you can have and the people you will meet. It may be hard to put a dollar value on all of these "soft items" , but to me, they have been worth a lot.

Hope this helps to answer your question, good luck.


Michael’s Answer


Hello Dakota, Thank you for asking. As you may know it does depend on the geographic area of employment, experience, industry, and level of responsibility (individual contributor or management). I can share from my son's recent graduation from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo when he graduated 4 years ago with an intern experience at a medical device company in San Diego; he was hired in the mid 60's with stock incentives and his management at that company made into the high 100's to mid 250's with incentives. My other son worked with engineers in the Silicon Valley area where the wages are extremely high and skew the pay scale way up, so make sure you take this into account when considering locations. I worked in the defense industry that was not so financially beneficial as the medical industry, but the rewards were just as giving. I hope this helps.

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