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Is it comfortable to live on a salary of a mechanical engineer?

Well I am about to go into the 11th grade and I believe that I have my mind set on the career that I am going into but one thing that I may want to know is what are the best steps in becoming a successful mechanical engineer and what other jobs may be somewhat similar so that I could put in the my thoughts to widen my job spectrum? #mechanical engineer #mechanical-engineering

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Glenn’s Answer

Any engineering discipline can provide a good income for a 4 year degree coming straight out of school. You will move up over time as you progress in your career. But if you are picking a career based on income, you may be disappointed. I know too many people who hate their career choice, but adjusted their lifestyle to their income.

I recommend that you look for your passion in your career, make the sacrifices to get the education needed to enter that field, and adjust your life style to make that work for you.

Personally, I am very happy with my choice to enter Mechanical Engineering and work in product development.

For similar job, other engineering disciplines are always good. EE is another good choice if you have the aptitude. Architecture does an artistic side and a structural side.
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Dele’s Answer

Mechanical Engineers can make anywhere from $75k-$80k a year with less than 1 year of experience (ex: new graduates). Here's the link that I used to find this information: https://www.indeed.com/career/mechanical-engineer/salaries?from=top_sb

One important factor with your initial starting salary is the location where your job is located since salaries will likely fluctuate by state. The good news is that you will likely have opportunities to increase your salary as you grow within your career. Another important factor in living comfortably with this salary is creating a budget and ensuring that you live within your means.
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Kenneth’s Answer

Engineers that do well in their studies, make effort to also earn some practical experience prior to graduation and are smart at how they apply/interview for jobs - do fairly well and have consistent starting salaries (there are always majors where a handful of people will earn amazing starting salaries - but the ranges can be all over the place). Most engineering majors are making $55K-$70K starting salaries. Don't get too hung up about which major pays the biggest starting in salary, these are just averages ... lots of things open up once you're in your first job and depending on how you perform. Earning potential will come from your specific experiences and how you continue to learn (advanced degrees in the same or complementary fields, etc.)

Kenneth recommends the following next steps:

https://www.mtu.edu/engineering/outreach/welcome/salary/
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Rick’s Answer

Mechanical engineering graduate with a BSME will provide a good income for a 4 year degree coming straight out of school. Mechanical Engineering has very broad applications. So, it gives you many options. Also, even if you do not have an immediate need, getting registered as a PE Professional Engineering is a good idea. So take the EIT "Engineering In Training test " in your senior year then progress to a PE once you gain experience. That said, I have noticed there are many ME's who become Program Managers where you are responsible for multi million dollar projects with the opportunity to earn an greater salary commensurate with the level of responsibility.
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