Mechanical Engineers in California
Considering a career as a Mechanical Engineer in California?
You’re in luck! Jobs for Mechanical Engineers in California are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.
Projected employment for Mechanical Engineers in California is growing faster than average.
Mechanical Engineers in California earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.
How Many Mechanical Engineers Work in California?
27,330 people worked as Mechanical Engineers in 2018 in this state.
There were 25,630 Mechanical Engineers employed in this state in 2017.
That’s growth of 1,700 jobs between 2017 and 2018.
The typical state has 3,600 Mechanical Engineers working in it, which means California has more Mechanical Engineers than average.
Job Projections for California
Jobs for Mechanical Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 10.3% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.8%.
California Annual Job Openings
The BLS is projecting 1,890 annual Mechanical Engineers job openings in California, and 27,800 total jobs in the year 2026.
Nationwide, the prediction is 21,200 annual jobs and 314,100 total jobs in 2026.
What do Mechanical Engineers Make in California?
In 2018 wages for Mechanical Engineers ranged from $63,620 to $161,390 with $101,430 being the median annual salary.
Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $30.59 to $77.59. The median hourly rate was $48.76.
In 2017 the median pay for this field was $47.24 an hour.
The hourly rate grew by $1.52.
The median salary in California is higher than the nationwide median salary.
Top California Metros for Mechanical Engineers
The table below shows some of the metros in this state with the most Mechanical Engineers.
|Metro||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
|Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA||9,670||$98,310|
|San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA||4,700||$121,620|
|San Diego-Carlsbad, CA||3,720||$95,760|
|San Francisco-Oakland-Hayward, CA||3,200||$115,640|
|Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, CA||1,340||$84,240|
|Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA||990||$90,310|
|Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA||440||$100,530|
|Santa Rosa, CA||200||$107,420|
|Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA||160||$107,550|
|San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA||90||$77,630|
Top States for Mechanical Engineers Employment
The table below shows the states where most Mechanical Engineers work.
|State||Number Employed||Annual Median Salary|
Below are the states where Mechanical Engineers get paid the most:
|State||Annual Median Salary|
|District of Columbia||$114,450|
- Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)
- College Factual
- National Center for Education Statistics
- O*NET Online
- Image Credit: By Michel Villeneuve under License
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