According to a study performed by payscale.com, the average yearly starting salary nationwide for graduates holding the B.S. degree from Mechanical Engineering Technology and similarly named programs was about $51,000. Salaries for these types of engineering personnel tend to grow exponentially, rising to about $75,000 with about 15 years of experience.
You can maximize your lifetime earning potential, though, with an M.S. Project Management degree from Missouri State University. As I mentioned in a previous post, engineers tend to make good managers, and ultimately about two thirds of graduates from programs such as the Mechanical Engineering Technology Program at Missouri State University. follow a career trajectory which leads them into management or executive positions.
Couple this with the fact that the “bump” in career earnings potential associated with the Master’s degree is the largest increase, over your career, that you can attain, and the M.S. Project Management degree becomes a very attractive option.
The B.S. Mechanical Engineering Technology/M.S. Project Management Degree combination is powerful. Together, these two degrees can give you a head start over your competition on the technical/corporate management career trajectory. You can choose to participate in the accelerated Master’s program and complete the B.S./M.S. combination in only five years. In the accelerated program, many of the courses you complete during your senior year are counted toward both the B.S. and M.S. degrees.
As you can see, there are numerous career path/trajectory options available to you if you choose Missouri State University as your Mechanical Engineering Technology school.
Please contact me at MET@MissouriState.edu if you’d like additional information regarding Mechanical Engineering Technology salaries and career opportunities.
Kevin M. Hubbard, Ph.D., CMfgE
Coordinator: Mechanical Engineering Technology
Missouri State University