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Mechanical Engineers in California

Considering a career as a Mechanical Engineer in California?

10.3% Jobs Projection
$101,430 Median Salary
1,890 Job Openings

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.

Mechanical Engineers in CA Employment Trend

The typical state has 3,600 Mechanical Engineers working in it, which means California has more Mechanical Engineers than average.

Mechanical Engineers in CA vs. the Average State

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%.

Job Projections for Mechanical Engineers: Nation vs. CA

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.

Mechanical Engineers Earnings: CA vs. National Average

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
Sacramento–Roseville–Arden-Arcade, CA 1,040 $96,240
Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA 990 $90,310
Bakersfield, CA 570 $95,760
Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA 440 $100,530
Santa Rosa, CA 200 $107,420
Stockton-Lodi, CA 160 $93,460
Fresno, CA 160 n/a
Santa Cruz-Watsonville, CA 160 $107,550
Vallejo-Fairfield, CA 150 $82,410
Visalia-Porterville, CA 130 $81,340
San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles-Arroyo Grande, CA 90 $77,630
Modesto, CA 80 $70,820
Salinas, CA 60 $101,920
Chico, CA 50 $68,020
Napa, CA 40 $91,310

Top States for Mechanical Engineers Employment

The table below shows the states where most Mechanical Engineers work.

State Number Employed Annual Median Salary
Michigan 43,890 $87,790
California 27,330 $101,430
Texas 20,820 $94,580
Illinois 17,320 $89,050
Pennsylvania 16,590 $81,270
Ohio 15,300 $77,450
New York 11,280 $87,470
Wisconsin 11,270 $76,140
Massachusetts 9,130 $93,630
Minnesota 8,340 $82,110
North Carolina 8,000 $82,730
Indiana 7,770 $77,580
Washington 7,750 $90,510
Virginia 7,590 $93,990
Florida 7,370 $83,160
South Carolina 6,000 $89,070
Maryland 5,670 $100,850
New Jersey 5,090 $92,510
Arizona 4,770 $92,870
Georgia 4,750 $81,660

Below are the states where Mechanical Engineers get paid the most:

State Annual Median Salary
District of Columbia $114,450
New Mexico $111,320
Alaska $107,960
Delaware $103,230
California $101,430
Maryland $100,850
Texas $94,580
Virginia $93,990
Louisiana $93,820
Massachusetts $93,630

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