Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Operating out of San Carlos, Calif., automobile company Tesla Motors employs talent in positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer. An average Tesla Motors employee can expect to make $89K annually. For the most part, employee paychecks at Tesla Motors fluctuate depending on how long you've been working; where you live and your job title also matter, but to a lesser degree. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

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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 around $93K per year. Overall, the greater share of Tesla Motors folks have one to four years of experience and earn an average $81K annually.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($99K per year) can be spotted in Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. (about $92K), Fremont, Calif. (approximately $91K), and Mountain View, Calif. ($90K) are the next top-paying cities. Austin, Texas is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging $50K. Tesla Motors workers in California earn the most — around $91K annually on average.


Bringing in the most money are Firmware Engineers — their earnings average $110K per year. Senior Manufacturing Engineers are a close second at about $102K along with Senior Mechanical Engineers (approximately $100K) and Senior Mechanical Design Engineers ($98K). Earning only $84K on average, Mechanical Engineers make less than most people in the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to approximately $102K annually for Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Engineer in Trainings also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of about $98K per year. Those with a Doctorate (PhD) at Tesla Motors come out on top, and their salaries approach $120K annually.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $118K per year. One of the more prevalent skills at Tesla Motors is Engineering Design, with just under one in four considering it a key competency. Other top skills include Project Management, CATIA, and Microsoft Excel.


At Tesla Motors, there are significantly more males who responded to the survey than females — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of survey participants save for retirement through Tesla Motors' 401(k) plan. For almost all survey participants, benefits include health insurance, and a large number of workers get dental coverage, too. Employees can also look forward to stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, free drinks, and relocation expenses.

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Key Stats for Tesla Motors


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85 %
$45,000 - $116,350
$63,874 - $106,024
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 14 votes.

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