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Mechanical Engineering Salary

A short survey

Recently I’ve engaged in some research about what mechanical engineers are paid. My son Charlie works as a Design Engineer in a major German technical company. The German term for the profession is Maschinenebauingenieur. He has a Master degree in mechanical engineering from Edinburgh University and has been 3 years in his present job in Aalen and Stutgart, Southern Germany. His annual salary review was coming up and he wanted to be well informed about what others with similar qualifications and experience are paid in his industry.

I was curious too, so I spent a few hours browsing the web. Here’s a summary of what I came across. Since there is a worldwide demand for engineers, my search looked at other of countries and disciplines within engineering.

Date of survey July 2015, some data is older.

Annual salary in thousands – USD, GBP  

Where blank, no data was specified.           

Discipline

Qualification

Industry

Location

Avg

Top 

Computer engineering

Degree

 

USA

$110

$160

Chemical engineering

Degree

 

USA, CA

$94

$160

Mechanical engineer

Degree

 

USA, Alaska

$103

$155

Mechanical engineer

Degree

Oil, Exxon

UK

£67

£76

Mechanical engineer

Degree

Oil, BP

UK

£51

£89

Mechanical engineer

Degree

Defence

UK

£56

£130

Mechanical engineer

Degree

Siemens Company

UK

£56

£150

Mechanical engineer

Degree

Agencies

UK

£30

£50

Mechanical engineer

Degree

Atomic energy

UK

£38

£59

Design Engineer

HND

 

UK

£29

£39

Project Engineer

HND

 

UK

£20

£46

Notes

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2013 Mechanical engineers earned a median salary of $82,100 Highest pay was $123,340, lowest less than $52,550.

Highest paying industries: oil and gas and computer-related. Highest paying locations; Alaska; Massachusetts; Silicon Valley, San Jose, California.

Most mechanical engineers work full time, Some work in excess of 60 hours a week. In the USA, the states with the most jobs for mechanical engineers are Michigan, California, and Texas. The number of jobs is increasing fastest in Texas.

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At http://www.payscale.com  if you input the data appropriate to your own circumstances, you obtain a comprehensive report on factors which have a bearing on salary. I made an educated guess about my son’s situation and below are items of the feedback thus generated.

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According to the next table, it doesn’t make much difference what level of degree you have.                                                    

 

 

Source:  http://www.payscale.com                   Currency Euros.

 

Table of salary by degree grade for mechanical engineers in Germany

Nor does company size greatly affect your earnings

salary of mechanical engineers in Germany by company size

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Although I expect that larger companies offer a greater range of benefits – company restaurant, crèche, gym, opportunities to work in other locations, flexi-time, etc.)

 Salary by engineering discipline

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was surprised to see that consulting is less well paid than other areas of engineering.

Since Charlie works in Germany, it was interesting to see how pay varied by city in that country.

Salary by City, Germany    

Having lived in several of these places myself, I would choose Munich or Hamburg for quality of life, both are expensive though.  Frankfurt and Stuttgart were not much to my liking. Both were heavily damaged in WW2 and rebuilt in a utilitarian style.

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Searching http://www.payscale.com/research/DE/

Job=Mechanical_Engineer/Salaryof Mechanical Engineer Salary (Germany)  finds this:

"The average pay for a Mechanical Engineer is €45,825 per year. Most people with this job move on to other positions after 20 years in this field. For the first five to ten years in this position, pay increases steeply, but any additional experience does not have a big effect on pay."

Further considerations:

Germany has the strongest economy in Europe and comprehensive social and welfare benefits.

Cost of living.

I have listed only countries in which there is substantial engineering employment.

Country

Consumer price index

Consumer price plus rent index

Local purchasing power

Switzerland

124

89

210

 Norway

109

74

140

 Australia

88

63

158

 Denmark

88

56

164

 Singapore

88

79

117

 United Kingdom

86

59

134

 Finland

76

49

149

 France

75

49

133

 Hong Kong

75

75

112

 Netherlands

74

51

151

 Japan

74

50

136

 Sweden

74

48

156

 Canada

74

50

144

 United States

73

52

156

 Italy

72

46

112

 Austria

68

46

135

 Germany

66

43

160

 UAE

54

64

144

 Spain

57

36

115

Source: http://www.numbeo.com/cost-of-living/rankings_by_country.jsp

Although a lot of people in Germany would be surprised to hear it, according to this source, Germany has relatively low living costs. Income tax is high though, but then again, social benefits are generous.

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The Carl Zeiss company is a good one to work in; financially stable, interesting projects. pleasant offices, working week may be chosen as short as 35 flexi-hours, plenty of holiday, (Contrast with the hours worked and vacation time in the USA.)

http://www.forbes.com/sites/niallmccarthy/2014/09/01/a-40-hour-work-week-in-the-united-states-actually-lasts-47-hours/
Sep 1, 2014 - "While the 40 hour week is generally accepted as “normal,” adults employed full-time have reported working an average of 47 hours each week."

 Table of holiday allowances by country

Source: Center for Economic and Policy Research

Furthermore, I came across this comment at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2730947/Americans-paid-vacation-time-world-countries-enjoy-FORTY-days-year.html

 

whereas the legal minimum of holidays here in Germany is 20 days, 90% of all companies and state enterprises give 30 days paid leave..furthermore depending on which state one lives there are a further 9 to 14 days paid compulsory leave on top of that ...which equates to between 7 and 8 weeks paid holidays a year! Even the unemployed are entitled to 21 days leave a year!

 

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Conclusion

Finally his boss awarded him a modest raise and considering the advantages listed above, Charlie was happy with that.

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If you enjoyed this article, you may like my books. This is what one reviewer said:

"Selling for Engineers," by Robert Seviour, is a useful manual, can be previewed at www.seviourbooks.com and costs $37. I also recommend you check out his other manuals, "How to Hire a Good Technical Salesman"and most particularly "Prospecting for Engineers." Seviour offers many of his newsletters and articles at no cost on his site. Those of you who are experienced road warriors will identify with and laugh out loud at his short article, "True Disasters of a Salesman."     Sam Williams, president of New View Group, at swilliams@newviewgroup.net or (520) 390-0568.

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