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According to the BLS, mechanical engineers earned a median salary of $80,580 in 2012. The best-paid earned about $121,530, while the lowest-paid earned less than $52,030. Industries that pay well include oil and gas extraction, and audio and video equipment manufacturing. The top-paying metropolitan areas for the occupation include Bloomington, Ill., Idaho Falls, Idaho and Taunton, Mass.

Job Salary Year
2004 $65,440.00
2006 $69,540.00
2008 $74,360.00
2010 $77,820.00
2012 $84,770.00

Average Mechanical Engineer Pay vs. All Technology Jobs

With an average salary of $84,770, mechanical engineers are filling their coffers at a higher rate than a number of other technology jobs. Computer programmers make about $6,000 less. The gap is even wider for computer support specialists who earn an average annual salary of $62,960. Still, some technology jobs, like information security analysts and IT managers, make more than mechanical engineers.

Job Name Salary
IT Manager $120,950.00
Information Security Analyst $86,170.00
Mechanical Engineer $80,580.00
Computer Programmer $74,280.00
Computer Support Specialist $59,090.00

Best Paying Cities for Mechanical Engineers

The highest paid in the mechanical engineer profession work in the metropolitan areas of Bloomington, Ill., Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Taunton, Mass. The San Jose, Calif. area also pays well, as does the city of Bellingham, Wash.

Bloomington, Ill.

Average Salary: $118,160 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mechanical engineer working in Bloomington, Ill. is $118,160, which is $37,580 more than the average pay in the profession.

Idaho Falls, Idaho

Average Salary: $112,700 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mechanical engineer working in Idaho Falls, Idaho is $112,700, which is $32,120 more than the average pay in the profession.

Taunton, Mass.

Average Salary: $112,410 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mechanical engineer working in Taunton, Mass. is $112,410, which is $31,830 more than the average pay in the profession.

San Jose, Calif.

Average Salary: $105,730 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mechanical engineer working in San Jose, Calif. is $105,730, which is $25,150 more than the average pay in the profession.

Bellingham, Wash.

Average Salary: $105,050 | See Job Openings

The annual median wage of a mechanical engineer working in Bellingham, Wash. is $105,050, which is $24,470 more than the average pay in the profession.

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