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Updated July 11, 2022

Average Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

$77,566 yearly
To create our salary estimates, Zippia starts with data published in publicly available sources such as the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Foreign Labor Certification Data Center (FLC) Show More

$37.29 hourly

Entry level Salary
$61,000 yearly
$61,000
10 %
$77,566
Median
$97,000
90 %

How much does a Mechanical Design Engineer make?

Mechanical design engineers make $77,566 per year on average, or $37.29 per hour, in the United States. Mechanical design engineers on the lower end of that spectrum, the bottom 10% to be exact, make roughly $61,000 a year, while the top 10% makes $97,000.

Location impacts how much a mechanical design engineer can expect to make. Mechanical design engineers make the most in California, Arizona, Washington, Nevada, and New Mexico.

Highest Paying States For Mechanical Design Engineers

The darker areas on the map show where mechanical design engineers earn the highest salaries across all 50 states.

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Mechanical Design Engineer average salary by State

Rank  State  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Count  
1California$102,529$49.299,915
2Arizona$89,670$43.111,300
3Washington$88,829$42.711,789
4Colorado$84,562$40.651,316
5Massachusetts$83,400$40.101,745
6New Mexico$84,945$40.84246
7Texas$79,944$38.433,161
8District of Columbia$87,690$42.16405
9Oregon$80,703$38.80999
10Nevada$85,765$41.23242
11Utah$76,916$36.98586
12Delaware$78,651$37.81232
13Connecticut$78,589$37.78599
14Alaska$80,149$38.53109
15Maryland$81,397$39.13978
16Georgia$76,736$36.891,463
17Rhode Island$76,558$36.81159
18West Virginia$78,192$37.59121
19Tennessee$78,535$37.76475
20Alabama$73,344$35.26679
21Louisiana$79,372$38.16222
22Illinois$78,124$37.561,526
23Michigan$72,333$34.781,249
24Florida$75,046$36.082,079
25Idaho$74,811$35.97223
26New Hampshire$73,319$35.25302
27Virginia$75,687$36.391,737
28New York$75,712$36.401,960
29Oklahoma$74,448$35.79234
30Hawaii$79,536$38.24101
31Indiana$70,944$34.11769
32Minnesota$70,504$33.901,073
33Ohio$70,602$33.941,178
34Nebraska$70,651$33.97270
35South Carolina$72,143$34.68492
36Wyoming$68,500$32.93103
37New Jersey$74,892$36.01855
38Pennsylvania$68,943$33.151,412
39Maine$71,396$34.33138
40Iowa$68,461$32.91446
41North Carolina$67,537$32.471,269
42Wisconsin$66,223$31.84855
43Missouri$70,552$33.92582
44Kentucky$68,605$32.98295
45Montana$68,462$32.91143
46Kansas$68,010$32.70328
47Vermont$63,883$30.71128
48North Dakota$63,013$30.29116
49Mississippi$65,812$31.64140
50Arkansas$63,550$30.55256
51South Dakota$60,322$29.0089

Highest Paying Cities For Mechanical Design Engineers

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Rank  City  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
1San Francisco, CA$105,869$50.90
2Phoenix, AZ$89,871$43.21
3Seattle, WA$88,804$42.69
4Washington, DC$87,722$42.17
5Attleboro, MA$84,225$40.49
6Austin, TX$80,396$38.65
7Chicago, IL$78,088$37.54
8Savannah, GA$77,027$37.03
9New York, NY$76,085$36.58
10Miami, FL$74,115$35.63
11Farmington Hills, MI$72,489$34.85
12Greenville, SC$71,861$34.55
13Columbus, IN$71,168$34.22
14Columbus, OH$70,808$34.04
15Plymouth, MN$70,557$33.92

Mechanical Design Engineer Salary Details

Mechanical Design Engineer Salary

What is a Mechanical Design Engineer's Salary?

Percentile  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  
90th Percentile$97,000$8,083$47
75th Percentile$87,000$7,250$42
Average$77,566$6,464$37
25th Percentile$68,000$5,667$33
10th Percentile$61,000$5,083$29

Average Salary By Related Titles

Job Title  Annual Salary  Monthly Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
Engineer$86,463$7,205$41.57618,207
Product Engineer$87,371$7,281$42.01157,888
Staff Engineer$113,160$9,430$54.40277,011
Equipment Engineer$102,787$8,566$49.42108,449
Tool Engineer$100,572$8,381$48.3598,936
Development Engineer$96,498$8,041$46.39224,881

Here are the five companies hiring the most now:

  1. KLA Jobs (103)
  2. Apple Jobs (77)
  3. Texas Instruments Jobs (45)
  4. Tesla Jobs (240)
  5. Hewlett Packard Enterprise Jobs (34)

Which Companies Pay Mechanical Design Engineers The Most?

According to our most recent salary estimates, Meta and KLA are the highest paying companies for mechanical design engineers.
Rank  Company  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  Job Openings  
1Meta$123,905$59.57858
2KLA$103,675$49.84143
3Juniper Networks$103,648$49.8319
4Lam Research$100,405$48.2776
5Keysight Technologies$100,368$48.2548
6Sandia National Labs$98,706$47.45139
7Oak Ridge National Laboratory$98,479$47.35
8HP$98,114$47.1749
9Zoox$97,996$47.1134
10Apple$97,460$46.861443
11Finisar$96,733$46.51
12Western Digital$96,150$46.2370
13Intuitive Surgical$93,526$44.9685
14Coherent$92,147$44.3017
15Brookhaven National Laboratory$91,745$44.1129
16NCR$91,368$43.938
17A123 Systems$91,290$43.895
18Autodesk$91,024$43.7629
19Genentech$90,966$43.7312
20Berry Global$90,536$43.5315

How Much Do Mechanical Design Engineers Make In Different Industries?

Here are some examples of how much a mechanical design engineer salaries can based on different industries:

  1. The automotive industry pays mechanical design engineers an average salary of $83,798

  2. The transportation industry pay $82,856

  3. The lowest paying industry for mechanical design engineers is the technology industry. Mechanical design engineers in this industry earn an average salary of $79,684

Highest Paying Industries For Mechanical Design Engineers

Rank  Industry  Average Salary  Hourly Rate  
1Automotive$83,798$40.29
2Transportation$82,856$39.83
3Retail$82,370$39.60
4Professional$82,324$39.58
5Manufacturing$82,028$39.44
6Energy$82,005$39.43
7Technology$79,684$38.31

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Mechanical Design Engineer Salary Trends

The salary for a mechanical design engineer can vary depending on the years of experience that a person has, from entry level to senior level. Data on how experience level affects total compensation is provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) as part of their National Compensation Survey, which is based on factors such as knowledge, complexity, contacts, and environment.

Mechanical Design Engineer Salary By Experience Level

Experience Level  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  
Entry Level$61,500$29.57
Mid Level$75,100$36.10
Senior Level$120,000$57.61

Average Mechanical Design Engineer Salary Over Time

Compare salaries for individual cities or states with the national average.

    Mechanical Design Engineer Salary By Year

    Year  Avg. Salary  Hourly Rate  % Change  
    2022$77,600$37.29+1.9%
    2021$76,100$36.58+1.2%
    2020$75,200$36.14+1.7%
    2019$73,900$35.52+2.0%
    2018$72,400$34.82+0.7%

    Recently Added Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries

    Company  Job  Location  Date Added  Salary  
    Craft RecruitingMechanical Design EngineerAustin, TX06/01/2022$90,000
    Launch Technical Workforce SolutionsEngineer-Mechanical DesignSpringdale, AR05/31/2022$107,501
    General ElectricMechanical Design Engineer, Outage EngineeringWilmington, NC05/29/2022$80,000
    Sierra Nevada CorporationMechanical Engineer II-Payload DesignEnglewood, CO05/26/2022$76,956
    MerrickMechanical Engineer-Equipment DesignGreenwood Village, CO05/24/2022$95,000
    KonikMechanical Design EngineerMinneapolis, MN05/24/2022$105,000
    Performance ServicesMechanical Design EngineerLombard, IL05/23/2022$105,000
    Erie Industrial EquipmentMechanical Design EngineerLakewood, OH05/23/2022$60,000
    Performance ServicesMechanical Design EngineerIndianapolis, IN05/18/2022$85,000
    Selectek, Inc.Mechanical Design EngineerCartersville, GA05/18/2022$79,306

    Mechanical Design Engineer Salaries FAQs

    What state pays Mechanical Design Engineers the most?

    California pays Mechanical Design Engineers the most in the United States, with an average salary of $102,529 per year, or $49.29 per hour.

    How do I know if I'm being paid fairly as a Mechanical Design Engineer?

    You know if you are being paid fairly as a Mechanical Design Engineer if your pay is close to the average pay for the state you live in. For example, if you live in Arizona you should be paid close to $89,670 per year.

    What type of Mechanical Design Engineer gets paid the most?

    Staff Engineer gets paid the most. Staff Engineer made a median salary of $113,160. The best-paid 10 percent make $139,000, while the lowest-paid 10 percent make $91,000.

    How much do mechanical designers make?

    Mechanical designers make $64,000 a year, on average. The range, however, can start as low as $51,000 to as high as $125,000 a year. Factors such as experience, company type, and location impact how much a mechanical designer can earn.

    How much do mechanical engineers start off making?

    Mechanical engineers start off making $64,501 a year, on average. The range and what a mechanical engineer can make just starting out begins from as little as $48,000 a year to as much as $70,000 a year. Factors such as location and company type impact where on the pay scale a mechanical engineer will land.

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