Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Tesla Motors is a automobile firm headquartered in San Carlos, Calif. that hires for Mechanical Engineer positions, Manufacturing Engineer roles, and more. An average Tesla Motors employee can expect to make $87K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at Tesla Motors fluctuate depending on your experience level; your job title and your city also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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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 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.

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Key Stats for Tesla Motors


23 %
77 %
$62,145 - $108,182
$61,680 - $112,060

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$66,910 - $118,990
$70,577 - $103,994
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$56,376 - $102,074
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