Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Operating out of San Carlos, Calif., automobile sector company Tesla Motors employs talent in positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Purchasing Specialist. The median income for Tesla Motors employees is $86K per year. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, what you do at the company and where you live are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Tesla Motors. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Employer: Tesla Motors
Average Salary Range by Job
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[-]Mechanical Engineer (5)
$56,395 - $98,277  
[-]Mechanical Engineer (5)
Salary$58,595 - $92,893  
Total Pay$56,395 - $98,277  
[+]Engineering Technician (3)
$48,669 - $116,364  
[+]Engineering Technician (3)
Total Pay$48,669 - $116,364  
[+]Manufacturing Engineer (3)
$62,085 - $123,393  
[+]Manufacturing Engineer (3)
Salary$64,079 - $115,464  
Total Pay$62,085 - $123,393  
[+]Purchasing Specialist (3)
$54,262 - $110,989  
[+]Purchasing Specialist (3)
Salary$50,609 - $91,908  
Bonus$736 - $18,258  
Total Pay$54,262 - $110,989  
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Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Nov 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 129
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About This Company

1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




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Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to $90K. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Tesla Motors employees (38 percent) have one to four years of experience and typically earn around $75K annually.


Earning approximately $125K on average, Materials Engineers receive the most money, followed by Senior Electrical Engineers (about $105K), Senior Mechanical Engineers ($95K), and Manufacturing Engineers ($90K). Purchasing Specialists at Tesla Motors do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $75K) at the company.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($109K per year) can be spotted in San Jose; Palo Alto ($100K), Fremont ($87K), and San Francisco (around $86K) are the next top-paying cities. U.S. pay levels are highest in the state of California; salaries there average to about $89K annually.

Certifications and Degrees

Salaries approach $102K for Certified Six Sigma Black Belts; non-accredited workers make much less. Salaries typically rise to $93K per year for accredited Microsoft Certified Professionals. The best paid folks at Tesla Motors have a Doctorate (PhD), earning around $120K annually.


Skill-wise, employees who report C as part of the toolkit report the most money, earning $113K on average. It's pretty common to find people here who know Microsoft Excel; close to one-sixth consider it a key competency. A typical employee's toolkit also contains Engineering Design, Project Management, and CATIA.


With a more than 3 to 1 male-to-female ratio, men represent the better half of Tesla Motors' employees.

Benefits and Perks

A fair portion of workers take advantage of the 401(k) plan that Tesla Motors sponsors. Tesla Motors provides health insurance to a strong majority of workers, and most workers do receive dental coverage. Some other perks are stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, a subsidized cell phone, and free drinks.

Key Stats for Tesla Motors


19 %
81 %
$46,369 - $113,233
$61,534 - $106,715
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

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