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 salaries in France range from 23,000 EUR per year (minimum salary) to 67,600 EUR per year (maximum 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+30%|
|10 - 15 Years||+21%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Mechanical Engineer is 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 16% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||41,300 EUR||-7%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||31,800 EUR||-28%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||49,700 EUR||+12%|
|Associate Engineer||39,100 EUR||-12%|
|Autocad Operator||25,900 EUR||-41%|
|Automation Engineer||43,700 EUR||-1%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||41,700 EUR||-6%|
|Biochemical Engineer||41,300 EUR||-7%|
|BMS Engineer||41,000 EUR||-7%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||23,100 EUR||-48%|
|Broadcast Engineer||42,000 EUR||-5%|
|CAD Design Engineer||43,500 EUR||-2%|
|CAD Designer||25,700 EUR||-42%|
|CAE Engineer||40,100 EUR||-9%|
|Ceramics Engineer||39,700 EUR||-10%|
|Civil Engineer||43,700 EUR||-1%|
|Commissioning Engineer||42,700 EUR||-3%|
|Communications Engineer||45,200 EUR||+2%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||38,400 EUR||-13%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||42,100 EUR||-5%|
|Control Systems Engineer||40,000 EUR||-9%|
|Controls Engineer||40,300 EUR||-9%|
|Controls Software Engineer||38,600 EUR||-13%|
|Corrosion Engineer||37,800 EUR||-14%|
|Design Engineer||42,200 EUR||-4%|
|Drafting Manager||49,200 EUR||+11%|
|Drilling Engineer||43,100 EUR||-2%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||21,800 EUR||-51%|
|Electrical Engineer||47,500 EUR||+8%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||60,600 EUR||+37%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||45,300 EUR||+3%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||21,500 EUR||-51%|
|Energy Engineer||44,100 EUR||-0%|
|Engine Assembler||19,600 EUR||-56%|
|Engineering Account Manager||48,500 EUR||+10%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||47,600 EUR||+8%|
|Engineering Consultant||56,100 EUR||+27%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||62,900 EUR||+42%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||40,200 EUR||-9%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||60,700 EUR||+37%|
|Engineering Production Manager||79,200 EUR||+79%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||50,700 EUR||+15%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||50,100 EUR||+13%|
|Engineering Project Director||84,200 EUR||+91%|
|Engineering Project Manager||58,700 EUR||+33%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||70,200 EUR||+59%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||33,200 EUR||-25%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||58,300 EUR||+32%|
|Engineering Technician||32,500 EUR||-26%|
|Engineering Technologist||34,400 EUR||-22%|
|Environmental Engineer||43,300 EUR||-2%|
|Equipment Engineer||39,300 EUR||-11%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||55,400 EUR||+25%|
|Fabrication Specialist||29,900 EUR||-32%|
|Facade Engineer||42,400 EUR||-4%|
|Fiber Analyst||23,900 EUR||-46%|
|Field Engineer||42,500 EUR||-4%|
|Field Engineering Manager||74,400 EUR||+68%|
|Fire Engineer||41,100 EUR||-7%|
|Fitter and Turner||14,100 EUR||-68%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||48,000 EUR||+9%|
|Generation Engineer||41,200 EUR||-7%|
|Genetic Engineer||45,100 EUR||+2%|
|Geological Engineer||44,500 EUR||+1%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||45,700 EUR||+3%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||21,700 EUR||-51%|
|Highway Engineer||41,700 EUR||-6%|
|HSE Professional||40,900 EUR||-7%|
|HVAC Engineer||43,400 EUR||-2%|
|HVAC Supervisor||37,800 EUR||-14%|
|Industrial Engineer||42,300 EUR||-4%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||42,700 EUR||-3%|
|Instrument Engineer||40,000 EUR||-9%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||42,100 EUR||-5%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||40,200 EUR||-9%|
|Instrumentation Manager||44,100 EUR||-0%|
|Irrigation Engineer||41,600 EUR||-6%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||44,700 EUR||+1%|
|Locomotive Engineer||40,200 EUR||-9%|
|Maintenance Engineer||39,100 EUR||-12%|
|Maintenance Fitter||15,300 EUR||-65%|
|Maintenance Manager||43,100 EUR||-2%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||39,100 EUR||-12%|
|Marine Engineer||44,000 EUR||-0%|
|Materials Engineer||41,800 EUR||-5%|
|Materials Researcher||41,100 EUR||-7%|
|Materials Technician||29,700 EUR||-33%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||45,000 EUR||+2%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||47,200 EUR||+7%|
|Mechanical Designer||37,200 EUR||-16%|
|Mechanical Engineer||44,200 EUR||+0%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||62,600 EUR||+42%|
|Mechanical Inspector||41,500 EUR||-6%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||44,700 EUR||+1%|
|Mining Engineer||42,500 EUR||-4%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||46,300 EUR||+5%|
|Optical Engineer||40,700 EUR||-8%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||20,600 EUR||-53%|
|PCB Assembler||15,800 EUR||-64%|
|Photonics Engineer||46,200 EUR||+5%|
|Photonics Technician||36,700 EUR||-17%|
|Pipeline Engineer||39,000 EUR||-12%|
|Piping Designer||22,500 EUR||-49%|
|Piping Engineer||37,000 EUR||-16%|
|Planning Engineer||41,600 EUR||-6%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||19,600 EUR||-56%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||43,500 EUR||-2%|
|Principal Engineer||41,000 EUR||-7%|
|Principal Support Engineer||44,200 EUR||+0%|
|Process Engineer||40,900 EUR||-7%|
|Process Operator||26,000 EUR||-41%|
|Product Development Engineer||46,200 EUR||+5%|
|Product Development Technician||31,200 EUR||-29%|
|Product Engineer||45,100 EUR||+2%|
|Product Safety Engineer||38,900 EUR||-12%|
|Production Engineer||40,900 EUR||-7%|
|Project Engineer||44,600 EUR||+1%|
|Proposal Manager||54,400 EUR||+23%|
|Purchasing Engineer||39,600 EUR||-10%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||40,700 EUR||-8%|
|Rail Engineer||44,600 EUR||+1%|
|Robotics Engineer||46,700 EUR||+6%|
|Robotics Technician||36,400 EUR||-18%|
|Safety Engineer||43,100 EUR||-2%|
|Safety Inspector||34,200 EUR||-23%|
|Safety Manager||51,600 EUR||+17%|
|Safety Officer||21,200 EUR||-52%|
|Sales Engineer||43,200 EUR||-2%|
|Scheduling Engineer||37,100 EUR||-16%|
|Service Engineer||45,000 EUR||+2%|
|Solar Engineer||43,800 EUR||-1%|
|Staff Engineer||40,400 EUR||-9%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||43,100 EUR||-2%|
|Stationary Engineer||38,200 EUR||-14%|
|Stress Engineer||39,400 EUR||-11%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||40,500 EUR||-8%|
|Structural Designer||39,200 EUR||-11%|
|Structural Engineer||43,600 EUR||-1%|
|Structural Technician||27,900 EUR||-37%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||41,300 EUR||-7%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||21,300 EUR||-52%|
|Technical Assistant||21,700 EUR||-51%|
|Technical Engineer||37,200 EUR||-16%|
|Technical Support Engineer||38,400 EUR||-13%|
|Tender Engineer||37,500 EUR||-15%|
|Test Development Engineer||42,700 EUR||-3%|
|Transportation Engineer||39,800 EUR||-10%|
|Validation Engineer||37,600 EUR||-15%|
|Verification Engineer||41,700 EUR||-6%|
|Wastewater Engineer||39,800 EUR||-10%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||41,900 EUR||-5%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||59,000 EUR||+34%|
|Work Planner||29,800 EUR||-33%|
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.