Years of Experience
Average pay is $97K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest slice of the Tesla Motors workforce (41 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, around $84K per year.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($117K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (approximately $102K), San Jose, Calif. ($93K), and Fremont, Calif. (about $90K) are the next top-paying cities. Sparks, Nev. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $80K. The highest pay by state can be found in Michigan, where salaries average out at $104K per year.
Earning $118K annually on average, Senior Mechanical Engineers receive the most money, followed by Controls Engineers (around $95K), Manufacturing Engineers ($87K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $86K). Mechanical Design Engineers at Tesla Motors do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($83K on average) at the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Being a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $150K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Project Management Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of $143K annually on average. Tesla Motors workers who hold a Graduate Certificate, Automotive Technology are also well compensated, earning around $133K on average.
The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Manufacturing Process Engineering; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $96K per year. A common skill in Tesla Motors' work force is Project Management; a little less than one-fifth of survey participants report using it on the job. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
A majority of survey participants participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and most respondents report having dental coverage. Privileges also include a casual working environment, stock options, a stock purchase plan, free drinks, and a subsidized cell phone.