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Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

San Carlos, California-based Tesla Motors hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Purchasing Specialist in the automobile industry. Tesla Motors employees typically bring home $85K annually. How long you've been working is the biggest factor affecting pay for Tesla Motors workers, followed by your role at the company and geography. This synopsis is derived from the responses of individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

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Employer: Tesla Motors
Average Salary Range by Job
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XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
[-]Mechanical Engineer (5)
$58,764 - $96,169  
[-]Mechanical Engineer (5)
Salary$61,249 - $92,566  
Total Pay$58,764 - $96,169  
[+]Purchasing Specialist (3)
$53,112 - $110,240  
[+]Purchasing Specialist (3)
Salary$51,576 - $93,243  
Bonus$960 - $19,462  
Total Pay$53,112 - $110,240  
[+]Technical Writer (3)
$47,309 - $103,860  
[+]Technical Writer (3)
Total Pay$47,309 - $103,860  
[+]Training Specialist (2)
$45,726 - $101,421  
[+]Training Specialist (2)
Total Pay$45,726 - $101,421  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Oct 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 124
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Tesla Motors Details

1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




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Years of Experience

Those who stay for at least five years earn noticeably more; average salaries at that point reach about $90K. By and large, the biggest segment of Tesla Motors' workforce (36 percent) have been working for one to four years and take home $75K per year.


Materials Engineers earn the highest median pay at $125K, followed by Senior Electrical Engineers (around $105K), Senior Manufacturing Engineers (approximately $105K), and Manufacturing Engineers ($90K). Financial compensation for Purchasing Specialists is rather low — only about $75K — relative to the rest of the company.


Median pay is highest in San Jose ($109K annually), followed by Palo Alto ($100K), Fremont (approximately $87K), and San Francisco ($85K). Within the firm, employees working in California take home the most — around $90K per year on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Six Sigma Black Belts receive bigger paychecks ($102K) than those without credentials. Microsoft Certified Professionals with credentials can live quite comfortably; salaries come in at $93K annually. Tesla Motors workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD) are also well compensated, earning about $120K on average.


Employees who count C among their skills tend to enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is approximately $113K. One of the more prevalent skills at Tesla Motors is Microsoft Excel, with one in six considering it a key competency. Engineering Design, Project Management, and CATIA were also reported by many survey participants.


Employees skew strongly male, with a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of workers participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. The greater part of workers receive health insurance, and most workers get dental coverage. Some other perks are stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, a company cell phone, and free drinks.

Key Stats

19 %
81 %
$45,958 - $115,767
$59,392 - $106,715
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

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