Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

San Carlos, Calif.-based Tesla Motors hires for positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer in the automobile. Tesla Motors employees bring home $87K annually on average. The most important factor affecting pay for Tesla Motors employees is how long you've been working, though what you do at the company and where you live play a role as well. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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Tesla Motors Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
21 profiles

Manufacturing Engineer
12 profiles

Industrial Engineer
10 profiles

Material Planner
9 profiles

Senior Mechanical Engineer
9 profiles

Firmware Engineer
8 profiles

Controls Engineer
8 profiles

  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 09 Jun 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 368
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Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to $100K per year. Overall, the greater share of Tesla Motors folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average around $84K annually.


Senior Mechanical Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of $114K per year; Firmware Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $94K, while Mechanical Engineers and Manufacturing Engineers rank near the top as well (approximately $92K and about $87K, respectively). Among the lower-paid positions at Tesla Motors are Industrial Engineers — the median salary for this role approaches $75K.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (about $117K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (around $102K), Fremont, Calif. (approximately $90K), and San Francisco, Calif. ($90K) are the next top-paying cities. San Jose, Calif. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $82K. By state, Washington offers the highest pay at approximately $105K per year.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $150K annually for Certified Six Sigma Black Belts; non-accredited workers make much less. Becoming a Project Management Professional can certainly pay off here; those folks make $143K on average. At Tesla Motors, employees who hold a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) receive the highest salaries at about $124K.


The highest-paying skill to have in this role seems to be Project Management; employees claiming this as part of the toolbox earn a median of around $95K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Tesla Motors is Engineering Design, with nearly one in five considering it a key competency. Three more common skills are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Data Analysis.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of respondents save for retirement through Tesla Motors' 401(k) plan. At Tesla Motors, a large number of respondents have health insurance, and most workers have dental coverage. A few more workplace perks are a casual working environment, stock options, a stock purchase plan, free drinks, and a company cell phone.

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Key Stats for Tesla Motors


22 %
78 %
$68,621 - $105,751
$62,924 - $115,056

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 49 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$71,024 - $119,676
$69,643 - $113,750
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$54,808 - $103,243
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