|Architectural, engineering, and related services||65,610|
|Navigational, measuring, electromedical, and control instruments manufacturing||65,430|
|Mechanical products and parts manufacturing||65,160|
|Other general puropse machinery manufacturing||55,850|
According to a 2003 salary survey by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, bachelorís degree candidates in mechanical engineering received starting offers averaging $48,585 a year, masterís degree candidates had offers averaging $54,565, and Ph.D. candidates were initially offered $69,904.
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook