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Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Headquartered in San Carlos, Calif., Tesla Motors offers a range of employment opportunities in the automobile, from Mechanical Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer. The average employee at Tesla Motors takes home $90K annually. The most important factor affecting pay for Tesla Motors employees is how long you've been working, though geography and your role at the company play a role as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Tesla Motors typically pays:
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Employer: Tesla Motors
Average Salary Range by Job
Job (Number Reporting)
National Data (?
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 (8)
$59,130 - $126,379  
[-]Mechanical Engineer (8)
Salary$61,573 - $120,650  
Profit Disbursement$1,085 - $12,435  
Total Pay$59,130 - $126,379  
[+]Manufacturing Engineer (7)
$59,791 - $111,163  
[+]Manufacturing Engineer (7)
Salary$63,556 - $102,932  
Bonus$1,301 - $11,050  
Total Pay$59,791 - $111,163  
[+]Test Engineer (4)
$55,331 - $103,977  
[+]Test Engineer (4)
Salary$59,652 - $98,325  
Total Pay$55,331 - $103,977  
[+]Senior Manufacturing Engineer (4)
$78,572 - $130,888  
[+]Senior Manufacturing Engineer (4)
Salary$77,367 - $121,932  
Bonus$3,467 - $19,536  
Total Pay$78,572 - $130,888  
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XPrecise ranges are calculated based on validated data submitted by employees in this job at this company.
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XWhen PayScale has limited employee-submitted data, we base estimated ranges on a broader set of relevant employee profiles to calculate the most accurate ranges for this job at this company.
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 29 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 165

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1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




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Years of Experience

Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of $96K per year. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (37 percent) have been working for one to four years and make around $80K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($107K per year) can be spotted in San Francisco, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (about $103K), San Jose, Calif. ($93K), and Mountain View, Calif. (approximately $90K) are the next top-paying cities. California City, Calif. ranks low on the pay scale — at about $64K, it is one of the lowest-paid cities. By state, Tesla Motors pays its California employees the most; the pay rate there is $93K annually.


Staff Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $125K per year on average; Senior Manufacturing Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to approximately $102K, followed by Software Engineers earning $100K and Senior Mechanical Engineers making around $98K. Mechanical Engineers make an average $82K, close to the bottom of the company pay scale.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, who make around $102K annually. On average, salaries rise to $99K per year for accredited Engineer in Trainings. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at Tesla Motors — these employees make the most at approximately $120K annually.


The highest-paying skill to have may be Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $120K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Tesla Motors is Engineering Design, with nearly one in five considering it a key competency. Other skills in demand are CATIA, Project Management, and Microsoft Excel.


Tesla Motors' employees who answered the questionnaire are largely male (the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1).

Benefits and Perks

Tesla Motors sponsors a 401(k) program, and the larger part of respondents use this option to save for their retirement. Nearly all employees have health insurance, and benefits for a strong majority of workers also include dental insurance. Employees can also look forward to stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, free drinks, and a company cell phone.

Key Stats for Tesla Motors


16 %
84 %
$48,479 - $116,653
$67,160 - $108,538
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
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