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Mechanical Engineering in South Carolina

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Schools Offering Mechanical Engineering Programs in South Carolina

Around 0.3% of South Carolina's graduates graduate from mechanical engineering degree programs every year. In other words, every year an estimated 338 mechanical engineers graduate from South Carolina's 10 mechanical engineering schools.

Top Schools

Clemson University, which was ranked 22nd nationwide in 2010, is the top-ranked school in South Carolina that has a mechanical engineering program. It is located in Clemson. In 2010, 210 students graduated from Clemson University's mechanical engineering program. The tuition rate at Clemson University was $11,908 per year.

The second-ranked school in South Carolina with a mechanical engineering program is University of South Carolina-Columbia, which is located in Columbia. In 2010, it was ranked 59th nationwide. In 2010, 86 students graduated from University of South Carolina-Columbia mechanical engineering program. Tuition at University of South Carolina-Columbia was $9,786 per year.

The third-ranked school in South Carolina with a mechanical engineering program is South Carolina State University, which is located in Orangeburg. In 2010, it was ranked 77th nationwide. 6 students graduated with degree in mechanical engineering from South Carolina State University in 2010. Tuition at South Carolina State University was $9,198 per year.


If you are hoping to attend one of South Carolina's mechanical engineering schools, you can expect to pay an average tuition of $5,480 per year, though tuition can range from $11,908 per year to $2,594 per year. The highest tuition rates in 2010 at South Carolina mechanical engineering schools were charged at the following schools:

  1. Clemson University - located in Clemson, students are charged $11,908 per year
  2. University of South Carolina-Columbia - located in Columbia, students are charged $9,786 per year
  3. South Carolina State University - located in Orangeburg, students are charged $9,198 per year

The following South Carolina mechanical engineering schools had the lowest tuition rates:

  1. Denmark Technical College - located in Denmark, students are charged $2,594 per year
  2. Florence-Darlington Technical College - located in Florence, students are charged $3,422 per year
  3. York Technical College - located in Rock Hill, students are charged $3,490 per year

A mechanical engineering degree from a South Carolina school... what next?

Most people who graduate from mechanical engineering school in South Carolina go on to work as a mechanical engineer. 4,600 mechanical engineers were working in South Carolina in 2010. The following counties have the largest number of South Carolina mechanical engineers:

  1. Greenville County - 2,050 mechanical engineers
  2. Berkeley County - 730 mechanical engineers
  3. Calhoun County - 330 mechanical engineers

Projected Growth

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2018, an estimated 3,610 mechanical engineers will be working in South Carolina state. This would require the number of mechanical engineers to grow by 8%.


On average, mechanical engineers earn $80,920 per year. In 2010, however, some South Carolina mechanical engineers earned as little as less than $33,640 per year or as much as more than $123,240 per year. A mechanical engineer in the following South Carolina counties makes the highest salaries on average:

  1. Beaufort County - $98,430 per year
  2. Greenville County - $84,890 per year
  3. Anderson County - $78,720 per year

A mechanical engineer in the following counties in South Carolina make the lowest salaries on average:

  1. Allendale County - $65,860 per year
  2. Sumter County - $69,790 per year
  3. Berkeley County - $70,040 per year

More Information

The charts and graphs below have additional South Carolina statistics regarding a career in mechanical engineering. Take a look and compare salaries with various related fields such as civil engineering or mechanical engineering.

Here are the different levels of study available for you to explore.

  • Associate's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in South Carolina
  • Bachelor's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in South Carolina
  • Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering in South Carolina
  • Doctoral Degree in Mechanical Engineering in South Carolina

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (past 5 yrs)
Mechanical Engineers 4,600 $80,920 27.1%
Mechanical Drafters 1,010 $49,900 23.2%
Mechanical Engineering Technicians 870 $46,590 -17.1%
Engineers, All Other 780 $89,400 -24.3%
Engineering Technicians, Except Drafters, All Other 410 $55,100

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