States Where Mechanical Engineers Make the Most, and the Least

By: Sara Chauvette

There are more than 300,000 mechanical engineers in the country, and many make a six-figure salary, or close to it. The average mechanical engineer makes $92,800 a year, and can make about $44.62 an hour.

Engine, turbine, power and transmission manufacturing is the nation’s largest sector that employs mechanical engineers. Employment is expected to grow in all sectors by at least 4% from 2018 to 2028.

While job and pay outlooks are good for mechanical engineers nationwide, some states are more lucrative for engineers than others. Here’s a breakdown of stats about the industry from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

States where mechanical engineers make the most money:

  1. Alaska - $128,690 a year
    • Anchorage engineers make $147,570 on average
  2. New Mexico - $110,210
    • Alberquerque engineers make $117,360
  3. Maryland - $109,960
    • Washington/Arlington/Alexandria area engineers make $117,220
  4. California - $107,370
    • San Francisco/Oakland-Hayward area engineers make $117,770
  5. Delaware - $106,220
  6. Texas - $105,570
    • Beaumont and Tyler area engineers make more than $121,000 on average
  7. Colorado - $104,220
  8. Louisiana - $101,810
  9. Virginia - $100,540
  10. Arizona - $98,390

States where mechanical engineers make the least money:

  1. Arkansas - $71,730
  2. North Dakota - $75,770
  3. South Dakota - $76,220
  4. Montana - $77,140
  5. Wisconsin - $79,360
  6. Iowa - $80,630
  7. Nebraska - $80,650
  8. Ohio - $81,020
  9. Hawaii - $81,730
  10. Kansas - $82,210

The top-paying industries for this occupation:

  1. Oil and gas extraction
    • Mean yearly wage: $126,880
  2. Waste Treatment and disposal
    • $120,200
  3. Remediation and Other Waste Management
    • $109,560
  4. Petroleum and Coal Products Manufacturing
    • $108,980
  5. Spectator Sports
    • $107,110

The states with the highest employment levels in this industry:

  1. Michigan
  2. Illinois
  3. Pennsylvania
  4. Texas
  5. California

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