What career fields can I enter into with a degree in Mechanical Engineering? What is the salary range?

What career fields can I enter into with a degree in Mechanical Engineering? What is the salary range?

Chosen Answer:

There’s a wide variety of fields you can get into with a BS in ME, depending on your interests. You can work in any of the fields previously mentioned like automotive engineering, power generation (boiler and turbine design), aerospace or manufacturing. Within those fields you can look for jobs in basic design, quality assurance, project management or even sales.

Salary range will depend on the location and type of job, obviously. On the low end, you may see offers for around ,000 per year. On the high end, in more expensive cities, you can earn up to ,000 per year. There are of course outliers on either end, but this is the typical range.

With an MS you’d be getting a little more money, about ,000 to ,000 per year and would likely be doing similar work. MSMEs are also commonly hired by large companies to do computational work like FEA (Finite Element Analysis) or CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). With a PhD, your starting salary would be in the -,000 range and you’d likely be doing R&D or possibly even forensic engineering in any of these areas. Of course the higher salaries that come with advanced degrees come with the disadvantges of more time in school and lost wages (not earning any money while you’re in school).

Hope this helps.
by: Prometheus
on: 15th May 07



5 comments ↓

#1   not gh3y on 05.09.07 at 5:44 AM

I know for certain that automotive engineering is always looking for bright MechE’s.

GM can start you entry-level around $55,000 to $60,000.

#2   Mike J on 05.09.07 at 6:33 AM

I work for an engineering consulting firm. We have several mechanical engineers here. I like this job because every project is different.

I am outside of any large cities, so the salary would be less than a large city, (cost of living difference) but for my area, starting would be 45 – 50,000 per year.

#3   Dylan L on 05.09.07 at 10:08 AM

Get into Power Generation. Gas Turbines, Steam Turbines and Generators. You can work for a Utility or a manufacturer of power gen. equipment (GE, Siemens, Solar) or companies that over see maintenance work on that equipment. If you are willing to travel you could easily make 100k plus. Even all the tree huggers want warm showers, hot coffee, A/C, refrigerators, TV and electronics.

#4   D on 05.09.07 at 5:04 PM

Mechanical Engineering is a broad field. You can pretty much go into anything…especially if you are at an entry level state. First pick the topics and areas you are interested in that you learned in school and those that you dont. That’s the quickest way you can narrow it down. If you are just looking at majoring in that field in college, talk to an academic advisor and he/she can give you a breakdown of their past graduates postions and salaries.

#5   Prometheus on 05.10.07 at 1:37 AM

There’s a wide variety of fields you can get into with a BS in ME, depending on your interests. You can work in any of the fields previously mentioned like automotive engineering, power generation (boiler and turbine design), aerospace or manufacturing. Within those fields you can look for jobs in basic design, quality assurance, project management or even sales.

Salary range will depend on the location and type of job, obviously. On the low end, you may see offers for around $45,000 per year. On the high end, in more expensive cities, you can earn up to $60,000 per year. There are of course outliers on either end, but this is the typical range.

With an MS you’d be getting a little more money, about $5,000 to $10,000 per year and would likely be doing similar work. MSMEs are also commonly hired by large companies to do computational work like FEA (Finite Element Analysis) or CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics). With a PhD, your starting salary would be in the $70-$80,000 range and you’d likely be doing R&D or possibly even forensic engineering in any of these areas. Of course the higher salaries that come with advanced degrees come with the disadvantges of more time in school and lost wages (not earning any money while you’re in school).

Hope this helps.

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