Maybe you've had a long week, maybe you're struggling with a tricky design problem, maybe you need a little good news. We've got some! If you're a MechE (or Aerospace Engineer or Marine Engineer, closely related) you've chosen a high-paying profession!
Recently NPR's Planet Money podcast did a story on the most and least lucrative college majors - you can listen to it here. Mechanical Engineers came in at #8 on the list, Aerospace Engineers at #4. In case you're wondering, #1 was Petroleum Engineering (hello fracking boom!), #2 was Pharmacy Sciences / Administration and #3 was Mathematics and Computer Science (no real surprise there).
Engineering majors pretty much swept the list, in fact, which confirms that those years of calculus and late nights in the computer lab are paying off for at least some of you out there. Congratulations!