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MATTG0302
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Whats some numbers I should expect to see as a mechanical engineer coming out of school in louisiana?
I'm trying to see how to approach these offers.







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diat150
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re: start off salary


well it depends on what kind of work you are doing really. just guessing 50-70k. working on the road you can make much more.





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guttata
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Looks like average starting salary is around $55k. Looking at Baton Rouge's average salary, regardless of experience, is around $54k. I'd definitely be looking at places outside of LA.





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eng08
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If I could go back I'd do mechanical and go work for oil companies.





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DaphneTigah
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My advice. It's a big ole world. If your chasing a career then pack up the uhaul and hit the road.





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MATTG0302
Member since Jun 2012
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thats the game plan. I'm guessing Houston is the best chance to get good pay coming out?





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LSUtigerME
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Houston has more opportunities.

Depends on GPA and what you're trying to do. O&G high GPA can hit $90k+. Average is probably close to $70k+ in plant/chemical/O&G. Overall average is a just a bit lower. I'd expect you to see in the 70s-80s in about any ME job offer.






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Chris4x4gill2
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55K - 80K is possible depending on co-ops and location.

The lower end of that being more common of course. A good O&G co-op for a few summers can move right in to 75K+ after graduation. Houston of course seems to be the main area for the higher end salaries.

I started in Aerospace right out of school at 60K with no co-ops.






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KG6
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I would say 60k average. A lot of oil service companies are going to be around this, but you get a good raise and car allowance and stuff after you get through you "training" period. I made very meh grades and couldn't get the 90k jobs that people just assume they will get out of school. After 2 1/2 years, I'm now at a comparable salary.





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LSUKTR
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Member since Nov 2005
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Depends on GPA.

High GPA (>3.5)
- O&G Operator/Upstream: $75-$90k
Lower GPAs
- O&G Service Companies: $60-$80k
- Outside the O&G industry: $55-70k

Based on what I was seeing when I was in school. Economy hasn't changed much, so probably still valid.






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bpfergu
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Just for personal reference right after graduation I had the following offers (this was 4 years ago):

54k/year with 10k signing bonus as ME for defense contractor in south Arkansas.

70k/year as a field engineer for large O&G service company and would be based out of Oklahoma.

66k/year as ME for O&G service company in Houston.

So it varies quite a bit. Definitely apply to as many places as you can and be open to moving.







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