Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of approximately $100K annually. When we consider tenure, a substantial portion of employees (40 percent) have been working for one to four years and make about $83K per year on average.
Senior Firmware Engineers represent the higher end of the earnings spectrum — in fact, median pay for this job is the highest at $124K annually — though Senior Mechanical Engineers, Firmware Engineers, and Manufacturing Engineers also do fairly well at $115K, around $92K, and $91K, respectively. Industrial Engineers at Tesla Motors do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (about $75K on average) at the company.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K per year) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. ($99K), California City, Calif. ($97K), and Fremont, Calif. (approximately $92K) are the next top-paying cities. San Jose, Calif. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging around $76K. Across Tesla Motors' U.S. offices, employees in the state of Washington earn the most, taking home $105K annually.
Certifications and Degrees
Project Management Professionals are compensated at a much higher rate than non-authorized workers, bringing in close to around $145K per year. Certified Six Sigma Black Belts also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $135K annually. Employees who have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) make the most here, hauling in $120K per year.
The highest-paying skill to have may be C programming Language; employees who claim proficiency also report a higher average salary of about $98K annually. It's pretty common to find people here who know Engineering Design; nearly one in five consider it a key competency. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.
Benefits and Perks
The larger part of employees set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Health insurance comes as part of the deal for the vast majority of workers, and a large number of employees report receiving dental coverage as well. Tesla Motors folks also make good use of a casual working environment, stock options, a stock purchase plan, free drinks, and a subsidized cell phone.