This can vary quite a bit based upon 'what type of job' you have attained and 'where you live'
Sites like glassdoor.com and payscale.com give you actual salaries based upon a provided zipcode. There are other disciplines that require mechanical engineers - like Aerospace engineering (higher pay) or general manufacturing engineering (slightly less) or industrial engineering. Different disciplines can vary in pay. Alas, starting salaries have not increased much since I started out my engineering career in 2006. Starting salary remains in the 61k - 70k range "on average for my area". That being said - it is among the highest paid disciplines within engineering, demand tends to be high, and there are more jobs than the higher 'profit' and specific engineering disciplines (based upon my personal experience). Look at firms like Bell Helicopter, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, and other defense contractors for example job places for more information regarding specific mechanical engineering disciplines.
Chris recommends the following next steps:
- Check actual salaries for your area at glassdoor.com or payscale.com, which collect reports of actual salaries from engineers.