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Mechanical Engineers in Virginia

Is Virginia a good place for you to work as a Mechanical Engineer?

10.6% Jobs Projection
$93,990 Median Salary
530 Job Openings

You’re in luck! Jobs for Mechanical Engineers in Virginia are projected to grow and these jobs tend to pay higher than average.

  • Projected employment for Mechanical Engineers in Virginia is growing faster than average.

  • Mechanical Engineers in Virginia earn higher salaries than the typical U.S. wage earner.

How Many Mechanical Engineers Work in Virginia?

In Virginia, there were 7,590 people working as Mechanical Engineers in the year 2018.

There were 7,120 Mechanical Engineers employed in this state in 2017.

That’s growth of 470 jobs between 2017 and 2018.


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


Job Projections for Virginia

Jobs for Mechanical Engineers in this state are growing at a rate of 10.6% which is faster than the nationwide estimated projection of 8.8%.


Virginia Annual Job Openings

The BLS estimates there will be 530 annual job openings, and 7,740 total jobs in 2026 for Mechanical Engineers in this state.

Nationwide, the prediction is 21,200 annual jobs and 314,100 total jobs in 2026.

What do Mechanical Engineers Make in Virginia?

In 2018 wages for Mechanical Engineers ranged from $62,110 to $156,510 with $93,990 being the median annual salary.

Broken down to an hourly rate, workers in this field made anywhere from $29.86 to $75.25. The median hourly rate was $45.19.

In 2017 the median pay for this field was $44.65 an hour.

The hourly rate grew by $0.54.

The median salary in Virginia is higher than the nationwide median salary.


Top Virginia 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
Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV 5,740 $109,910
Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC 2,120 $86,780
Richmond, VA 760 $90,080
Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA 510 $101,540
Lynchburg, VA 230 $77,250
Roanoke, VA 220 $76,570
Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, VA 140 $83,500
Winchester, VA-WV 60 $115,080
Staunton-Waynesboro, VA 60 $72,080
Harrisonburg, VA 30 $72,960

Top States for Mechanical Engineers Employment

View the list below to see 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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