Mechanical engineers

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Total Workforce

261k

Average Age

42.2

Estimated Job Growth

8.76%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$87,804

Average Male Salary

$88,301

Average Female Salary

$82,673

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Mechanical engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Mechanical engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Mechanical engineers, by average wage, is Hospitals. Mechanical engineers are paid most in Washtenaw County (West, Northeast & Southeast) PUMA, MI but are relatively concentrated in Oakland County (Southwest) PUMA, MI.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$87,804

AVERAGE SALARY

± $2,307

In 2017, Mechanical engineers earned an average of $87,804, $35,739 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Computer programmers make somewhat more than Mechanical engineers while Materials engineers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Mechanical engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.253

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Mechanical engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.253, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Mechanical engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

This map shows the Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States shaded by average annual wage for Mechanical engineers.

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Mechanical engineers.

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Industries

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries for Mechanical engineers, by average wage, are Hospitals, Coating, engraving, heat treating & allied activities , and Oil & gas extraction.

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Industries by Share

261k

2017 Workforce

± 12,524

-5.79%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 7.11%

The number of people employed as Mechanical engineers has been declining at a rate of -5.79%, from 276,685 people in 2016 to 260,664 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Mechanical engineers employed by various industries. Motor vehicles & motor vehicle equipment manufacturing employs the largest share of Mechanical engineers at  27.9%, followed by Machinery manufacturing, n.e.c. or not specified with 16.4% and Architectural, engineering & related services with 9.56%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Mechanical engineers in the US. The average age of male Mechanical engineers in the workforce is 42.4 and of female Mechanical engineers is 39.8, and the most common race/ethnicity for Mechanical engineers is White.

Gender Composition

238k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 11,959

23k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 3,725

91.2% of Mechanical engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Mechanical engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Mechanical engineers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

80.5% of Mechanical engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.6% of Mechanical engineers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Mechanical engineers.

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Age by Gender

42.4

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.665

39.8

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 1.82

The median age of Mechanical engineers is 42.2, and Male employees are generally 2.54 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Mechanical engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Mechanical engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Mechanical engineers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Mechanical engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Mechanical engineers need many skills, but most especially Reading Comprehension and Mathematics. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Mechanical engineers need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Installation.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Mechanical engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Mechanical engineers are expected to see a growth of 8.76% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow higher than the national average.

Job Growth

8.76%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Mechanical engineers. This profession is expected to grow faster than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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