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How will your mechanical engineering education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a mechanical engineering degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 581 brick and mortar mechanical engineering schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had mechanical engineering programs were:

  1. Yale University - located in New Haven, Connecticut
  2. Stanford University - located in Stanford, California
  3. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York

Student Demographics

In the US, 28,974 students graduated from mechanical engineering programs in 2010. Of these students, 971 received certifications in mechanical engineering, 22,134 received an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and 5,869 received a graduate-level degree in mechanical engineering.


Students can pursue education in mechanical engineering at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering
  • Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

The skills and/or knowledge that mechanical engineering students can expect to gain during the course of their mechanical engineering education are:

  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Planning and Organization
  • Mechanics
  • Mathematics
  • Complex Problem Solving


On average in 2010, mechanical engineering schools in the US charged $25,322 in tuition per year. The highest tuition was charged by the following mechanical engineering schools:

  1. Columbia University in the City of New York - located in New York, New York, students paid $41,316
  2. George Washington University - located in Washington, Washington DC, students paid $41,655
  3. Carnegie Mellon University - located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, students paid $40,920

The following mechanical engineering schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. University of Central Florida - located in Orlando, Florida, students paid $4,526
  2. North Carolina State University at Raleigh - located in Raleigh, North Carolina, students paid $5,475
  3. Texas A & M University - located in College Station, Texas, students paid $8,176

How will your mechanical engineering job compare?

The highest percentage of mechanical engineering graduates pursue careers as mechanical engineers. According to the government, in 2010 the US had 234,400 mechanical engineers. The following states have the largest number of mechanical engineers:

  1. Michigan - 30,260 Mechanical Engineers
  2. California - 22,000 Mechanical Engineers
  3. Texas - 16,170 Mechanical Engineers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 253,900 mechanical engineers will be working in the US. This would require the number of people working as a mechanical engineer to grow by 8%. The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for mechanical engineers over the next few years:

  1. Mississippi - 18%
  2. Utah - 18%
  3. Alabama - 16%


On average, a mechanical engineer earns a salary of $76,495 per year in the US. However, factors such as location, work conditions, or location can cause the salary for a mechanical engineer to vary greatly. A mechanical engineer in the US can earn anywhere from less than $15,950 per year to more than $159,550 per year. The following states have the highest average salaries for a mechanical engineer:

  1. Alaska - $99,400 per year
  2. Washington DC - $96,310 per year
  3. Virginia - $94,530 per year

On average, a mechanical engineer earns the least in the following states:

  1. Nebraska - $64,740 per year
  2. Arkansas - $67,320 per year
  3. Montana - $67,510 per year

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So what kind of job can you get after studying
mechanical engineering?

Below you'll find various popular careers! Compare professions and see which one you find interesting!

Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Mechanical Engineers 234,400 $82,480 6.2%
Engineers, All Other 139,610 $91,770 -8.7%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 66,560 $59,060 -15.0%
Mechanical Drafters 64,440 $51,200 -13.7%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 44,170 $51,450 -5.2%