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.