Mechanical Engineer Statistics in the US

The average employee age for mechanical engineers is 41 years. The mechanical engineer workforce reached a whopping 140,586 in 2020!

Among mechanical engineers, we discovered that 12.7% of them are women, while 80.6% are men. The most common race/ethnicity among mechanical engineers is White, which makes up 72.9% of all mechanical engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity. The majority of mechanical engineers are located in TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Mechanical engineers are more likely to work at public companies in comparison to private companies. Taking it a step further, mechanical engineers are more likely to find a job in the manufacturing industry. Looking at mechanical engineer statistics, we found was that California, Delaware, New Mexico, Nevada and Massachusetts are where mechanical engineers find the highest salaries.

From where do we know all information about mechanical engineer demographics? We analyzed 29,639 mechanical engineers resumes to find out what the average demographics are for the job position. Just to be clear, by demographics we mean the study of population-based factors like age, race, and sex. On top of scouring through resumes, we also took note of job proposals from employers and Census Bureau data. And guess what? We found some pretty interesting information.

Mechanical Engineer Diversity

From race to gender and even age, we found the average demographic information on those who work as mechanical engineers. Keep reading to find out what the results for mechanical engineers were.

Mechanical Engineer Ethnic Breakdown

The most common ethnicity among mechanical engineers is White, which makes up 72.9% of all mechanical engineers. Comparatively, there are 15.3% of the Asian ethnicity and 6.9% of the Hispanic or Latino ethnicity.

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  • White, 72.9%
  • Asian, 15.3%
  • Hispanic or Latino, 6.9%
  • Black or African American, 2.8%
  • Unknown, 1.6%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native, 0.5%

Foreign Languages Spoken By Mechanical Engineers

The chart below shows that 28.0% of mechanical engineers speak Spanish. The second-most popular foreign language spoken is Chinese at 9.7% and Mandarin is the third-most popular at 9.3%.

Job Title
  • Spanish, 28.0%
  • Chinese, 9.7%
  • Mandarin, 9.3%
  • Carrier, 8.5%
  • French, 8.2%
  • Other, 36.3%

Most Common Degree for Mechanical Engineer

We assessed our data to determine the typical level of education for mechanical engineers. The most common degree for mechanical engineers is bachelor's degree. In fact, 61% of mechanical engineers earn that degree. A close second is master's degree with 27% and rounding it off is associate degree with 4%.

Job Title
  • Bachelors degree, 74%
  • Masters degree, 11%
  • Associate degree, 7%
  • Certificate degree, 5%
  • Other Degrees, 3%

Mechanical Engineer Race And Ethnicity Over Time

Using the Census Bureau data, we found out how the percentage of each ethnic category trended between 2008-2018 among mechanical engineers.

  • White
  • Asian
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Black or African American

Mechanical Engineer Gender Over Time

This data shows how men and women predominate in the mechanical engineer position over time.

Male
Female
99%
96%
94%
91%
89%
86%
2008
2009
2010
2011
2012
2013
2014
2015
2016
2017
2018

Mechanical Engineer Unemployment Rate Over Time

The Bureau of Labor Statistics came in clutch when it came down to figuring out how the unemployment rate has changed over time. Between 2008 and 2018, this is how the number of mechanical engineers changed.

  • Unemployment rate

Age Based On Ethnicity And Gender

We determined the average age of mechanical engineers based on ethnicity and gender.

Male
Female

Number Of Years On The Job For Mechanical Engineer

By looking over 29,639 mechanical engineers resumes, we figured out that the average mechanical engineer enjoys staying at their job for 1-2 years for a percentage of 35%.

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Less than one year

1-2 years

3-4 years

5-7 years

8-10 years

11+ years

Mechanical Engineer Age Breakdown

This chart breaks down the ages of mechanical engineer employees. Interestingly enough, the average age of mechanical engineers is 40+ years old, which represents 52% of the population.

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20-30 years

30-40 years

40+ years

Comparing The Gender Ratio of Mechanical Engineers with Other Job Titles

We compared this job title with other job titles to see how gender percentages varied. As you can see, machine tool designer and senior electronics design engineer have the biggest difference in gender.

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Job Titleascdesc
Maleasc
Femaleascdesc
Domestic Engineer13%83%
Mechanical Engineer81%13%
Senior Field Service Engineer93%4%
Senior Electronics Design Engineer94%2%
Machine Tool Designer95%2%
Male
Female
100%
75%
50%
25%
0%
Machine Tool Designer
Senior Electronics Design Engineer
Senior Field Service Engineer
Mechanical Engineer
Domestic Engineer
0%
25%
50%
75%
100%

Comparing The LGBT Ratio of Mechanical Engineers with Other Job Titles

After finding the gender ratio, we wondered if the percentages of LGBT persons were different as well. Using the data below, you can see how other job titles compare to mechanical engineers.

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Job Titleascdesc
LGBTasc
System Hardware Engineer3.53%
Division Plant Engineer4.72%
Drainage Engineer5.29%
Mechanical Engineer6.59%
Unitizer7.24%
Environmental Consultant7.40%
Stress Analyst8.02%

How Much Do Women Make Compared To Man As Mechanical Engineer?

male-income
Male Income
$79,559
female-income
Female Income
$77,125

Mechanical Engineer Income By Gender And Race/Ethnicity

We found interesting that White men and Hispanic or Latino men make more money compared to others.

  • Male
  • Female
$81,563
$80,229
$78,894
$77,560
$76,225
$74,891
$73,556
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
White

Mechanical Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

All Race and Ethnicity
Educationascdesc
Incomeasc
Bachelor's Degree$80,229
Master's Degree$92,048
Doctorate Degree$103,405

Mechanical Engineer Income By Race/Ethnicity And Education

This chart shows the impact that education has on the income level of different ethnicities.

  • Asian
  • Black or African American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White
$116,480
$109,942
$103,405
$96,867
$90,330
$83,792
$77,255
$70,718
Bachelor's Degree
Master's Degree
Doctorate Degree

Mechanical Engineer Heatmaps

The amount you can make as a mechanical engineer can depend on where you live. For example, the highest salary of mechanical engineers is $111,320. Use our chart to find out where that salary is located.

Where Do Mechanical Engineers Earn The Most?

The map here shows where mechanical engineers earn the highest salaries in the U.S. The darker areas across the 50 states highlight the highest salaries.

Average Salary

Where Are Mechanical Engineers Located?

By looking through more than 29,639 resumes, we found that the most popular places for mechanical engineers are TX, Houston and NY, New York.

Number of Mechanical Engineers

Where Are Mechanical Engineers In High Demand?

We looked over job openings to determine where in the country mechanical engineers are in the most demand.

Jobs Openings

Mechanical Engineer Employment Statistics

This section highlights the information we gathered about the types of businesses and industries that employ mechanical engineers. We found that the most common company type is public. In addition, the industry that employs the most mechanical engineers is the manufacturing industry.

Company Size

We created this chart to show you the average size of companies that typically hire mechanical engineers.

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< 50 employees

50 - 100 employees

100 - 500 employees

500 - 1,000 employees

1,000 - 10,000 employees

> 10,000

The Types Of Companies Mechanical Engineer Work In

Employees with the mechanical engineer job title have their preferences when it comes to working for a company. For instance, most mechanical engineers prefer to work at public companies over private companies.

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Private

Public

Government

Education

Industry Concentration

Just based on the number of employees within each industry, we were able to determine the most common industries that employ mechanical engineers. Those industries include manufacturing, technology and professional.

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Manufacturing

Fortune 500

Technology

Professional

Construction

Mechanical Engineer Jobs