So you are thinking of either choosing a career in mechanical engineering or transitioning into mechanical engineering and you’d like to see what the earning potential is before you jump in. So right off the bat, I have to tell you that STEM( Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields are paid very well. Your first salary after being freshly minted as a mechanical engineer out of college will make all the hard work worth it.
After landing your first job, your income will put you far past your peers who received degrees in other fields. Mechanical engineers on average start out in the $50,000 to $60,000 range in the U.S. and quickly rise to $80,000 to $90,000 as their careers progress. Once you reach the senior levels of mechanical engineering you could be earning $100,000-$125,000 depending on what size company you work for and what industry you are in. Companies know how valuable mechanical engineers are to the core of their business of creating value. So companies are always trying to keep talented mechanical engineers by paying them well.
From my own personal experience, my first year, I was earning mid $50,000s. I quickly progressed to a Senior Mechanical Engineering position and was earning in the mid $90,000s by my 6th year.
To learn more about mechanical engineering, go to what do mechanical engineers do.