Engineers Guide USA
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Mechanical Engineer Earnings

The median annual wage of mechanical engineers was $78,160 in May 2010. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $50,550, and the top 10 percent earned more than $119,480.

The median annual wages in selected industries employing mechanical engineers in May 2010 were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service $91,910
Research and development in the physical,
engineering, and life sciences
88,190
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing 83,870
Navigational, measuring, electromedical,
and control instruments manufacturing
83,310
Architectural, engineering, and related services 82,210

Most mechanical engineers work full time, with some working as many as 60 hours or more per week.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition  

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