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Mechanical Engineer Average Salary in France 2022

How much money does a Mechanical Engineer make in France?

Average Yearly Salary
44,200 EUR
( 3,680 EUR monthly)


A person working as a Mechanical Engineer in France typically earns around 44,200 EUR per year. Salaries range from 23,000 EUR (lowest) to 67,600 EUR (highest).

This is the average yearly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Mechanical Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Mechanical Engineer Salary Distribution in France

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Mechanical Engineer salaries in France range from 23,000 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 67,600 EUR per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 42,400 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 42,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 42,400 EUR. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 29,400 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 29,400 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 52,800 EUR while 25% are earning more than 52,800 EUR.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly France Mechanical Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Mechanical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Mechanical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 26,100 EUR per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 35,000 EUR per year, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 45,500 EUR per year, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Mechanical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 55,100 EUR per year, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 60,200 EUR per year, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 63,400 EUR per year, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Mechanical Engineer average salary change by experience in France

0 - 2 Years
26,100 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
35,000 EUR
5 - 10 Years+30%
45,500 EUR
10 - 15 Years+21%
55,100 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
60,200 EUR
20+ Years+5%
63,400 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Mechanical Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Mechanical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Mechanical Engineer is 36,800 EUR per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 51,100 EUR per year, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Mechanical Engineer average salary difference by education level in France

Bachelor's Degree
36,800 EUR
Master's Degree+39%
51,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in France costs anywhere from 20,600 Euro(s) to 61,900 Euro(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Mechanical Engineer employees in France earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

45,400 EUR
43,100 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

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Mechanical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

How much are annual salary increments in France for Mechanical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer(s) in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

France / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in France for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Mechanical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate France Mechanical Engineer
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A Mechanical Engineer is considered to be a moderate bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

46% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 54% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Mechanical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in France

21 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 21 EUR. This means that the average Mechanical Engineer in France earns approximately 21 EUR for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Mechanical Engineer VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Mechanical Engineer is 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.

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Avionic System Support Engineer41,700 EUR-6%
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Bridge and Lock Tender23,100 EUR-48%
Broadcast Engineer42,000 EUR-5%
CAD Design Engineer43,500 EUR-2%
CAD Designer25,700 EUR-42%
CAE Engineer40,100 EUR-9%
Ceramics Engineer39,700 EUR-10%
Civil Engineer43,700 EUR-1%
Commissioning Engineer42,700 EUR-3%
Communications Engineer45,200 EUR+2%
Condition Monitoring Engineer38,400 EUR-13%
Contract Associate Engineer42,100 EUR-5%
Control Systems Engineer40,000 EUR-9%
Controls Engineer40,300 EUR-9%
Controls Software Engineer38,600 EUR-13%
Corrosion Engineer37,800 EUR-14%
Design Engineer42,200 EUR-4%
Drafter27,400 EUR-38%
Drafting Manager49,200 EUR+11%
Drilling Engineer43,100 EUR-2%
Electrical Draughtsman21,800 EUR-51%
Electrical Engineer47,500 EUR+8%
Electrical Engineering Manager60,600 EUR+37%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist45,300 EUR+3%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler21,500 EUR-51%
Energy Engineer44,100 EUR-0%
Engine Assembler19,600 EUR-56%
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Engineering Account Manager48,500 EUR+10%
Engineering Chief Designer47,600 EUR+8%
Engineering Consultant56,100 EUR+27%
Engineering Key Account Manager62,900 EUR+42%
Engineering Lab Technician40,200 EUR-9%
Engineering Planning Manager60,700 EUR+37%
Engineering Production Manager79,200 EUR+79%
Engineering Project Analyst50,700 EUR+15%
Engineering Project Coordinator 50,100 EUR+13%
Engineering Project Director84,200 EUR+91%
Engineering Project Manager58,700 EUR+33%
Engineering Research and Development Manager70,200 EUR+59%
Engineering Safety Coordinator33,200 EUR-25%
Engineering Sales Manager58,300 EUR+32%
Engineering Technician32,500 EUR-26%
Engineering Technologist34,400 EUR-22%
Environmental Engineer43,300 EUR-2%
Equipment Engineer39,300 EUR-11%
Equipment Engineering Manager55,400 EUR+25%
Estimator37,100 EUR-16%
Fabrication Specialist29,900 EUR-32%
Fabricator18,700 EUR-58%
Facade Engineer42,400 EUR-4%
Fiber Analyst23,900 EUR-46%
Field Engineer42,500 EUR-4%
Field Engineering Manager74,400 EUR+68%
Fire Engineer41,100 EUR-7%
Fitter and Turner14,100 EUR-68%
Forestry Strategic Planner48,000 EUR+9%
Generation Engineer41,200 EUR-7%
Genetic Engineer45,100 EUR+2%
Geological Engineer44,500 EUR+1%
Geotechnical Engineer45,700 EUR+3%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic21,700 EUR-51%
Highway Engineer41,700 EUR-6%
HSE Professional40,900 EUR-7%
HVAC Engineer43,400 EUR-2%
HVAC Supervisor37,800 EUR-14%
Industrial Engineer42,300 EUR-4%
Industrial Engineering Technologist42,700 EUR-3%
Instrument Engineer40,000 EUR-9%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer42,100 EUR-5%
Instrumentation Engineer40,200 EUR-9%
Instrumentation Manager44,100 EUR-0%
Irrigation Engineer41,600 EUR-6%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer44,700 EUR+1%
Locomotive Engineer40,200 EUR-9%
Maintenance Engineer39,100 EUR-12%
Maintenance Fitter15,300 EUR-65%
Maintenance Manager43,100 EUR-2%
Manufacturing Engineer39,100 EUR-12%
Marine Engineer44,000 EUR-0%
Materials Engineer41,800 EUR-5%
Materials Researcher41,100 EUR-7%
Materials Technician29,700 EUR-33%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer45,000 EUR+2%
Mechanical Design Engineer47,200 EUR+7%
Mechanical Designer37,200 EUR-16%
Mechanical Engineer44,200 EUR+0%
Mechanical Engineering Manager62,600 EUR+42%
Mechanical Inspector41,500 EUR-6%
Mechatronics Engineer44,700 EUR+1%
Mining Engineer42,500 EUR-4%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer46,300 EUR+5%
Optical Engineer40,700 EUR-8%
Optical Instrument Assembler20,600 EUR-53%
PCB Assembler15,800 EUR-64%
Photonics Engineer46,200 EUR+5%
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Pipeline Engineer39,000 EUR-12%
Piping Designer22,500 EUR-49%
Piping Engineer37,000 EUR-16%
Planning Engineer41,600 EUR-6%
Pressure Vessel Inspector19,600 EUR-56%
Principal Cost Engineer43,500 EUR-2%
Principal Engineer41,000 EUR-7%
Principal Support Engineer44,200 EUR+0%
Process Engineer40,900 EUR-7%
Process Operator26,000 EUR-41%
Product Development Engineer46,200 EUR+5%
Product Development Technician31,200 EUR-29%
Product Engineer45,100 EUR+2%
Product Safety Engineer38,900 EUR-12%
Production Engineer40,900 EUR-7%
Project Engineer44,600 EUR+1%
Proposal Manager54,400 EUR+23%
Purchasing Engineer39,600 EUR-10%
Quality Assurance Engineer40,700 EUR-8%
Rail Engineer44,600 EUR+1%
Robotics Engineer46,700 EUR+6%
Robotics Technician36,400 EUR-18%
Safety Engineer43,100 EUR-2%
Safety Inspector34,200 EUR-23%
Safety Manager51,600 EUR+17%
Safety Officer21,200 EUR-52%
Sales Engineer43,200 EUR-2%
Scheduling Engineer37,100 EUR-16%
Service Engineer45,000 EUR+2%
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Staff Engineer40,400 EUR-9%
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Stress Engineer39,400 EUR-11%
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Structural Designer39,200 EUR-11%
Structural Engineer43,600 EUR-1%
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Technical Assistant21,700 EUR-51%
Technical Engineer37,200 EUR-16%
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Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux42,000 EUR
Lille40,500 EUR
Lyon49,100 EUR
Marseille48,900 EUR
Montpellier41,400 EUR
Nantes43,300 EUR
Nice47,700 EUR
Paris47,800 EUR
Strasbourg45,100 EUR
Toulouse45,600 EUR

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
48,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
50,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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