Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Headquartered in San Carlos, Calif., Tesla Motors offers a range of employment opportunities in the automobile, from Mechanical Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer. Compensation for Tesla Motors employees is around $87K per year on average. Though geography and your role at the company do impact pay, your experience level is the primary influence on employee salary at Tesla Motors. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

For those with five to nine years of experience, average earnings amount to about $99K annually. The greater proportion of employees (41 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $83K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $118K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (around $99K), California City, Calif. ($98K), and Fremont, Calif. ($93K) are the next top-paying cities. San Jose, Calif. is near the bottom for pay at around $79K. Tesla Motors workers in Washington earn the most — $105K per year on average.


The highest average salaries go to Senior Mechanical Engineers, who bring in close to $110K annually, though Firmware Engineers are not far behind at about $92K along with Manufacturing Engineers (approximately $89K) and Mechanical Design Engineers ($84K). Tesla Motors hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Industrial Engineers (about $75K on average).

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, who make approximately $150K per year. On average, salaries rise to $145K annually for accredited Project Management Professionals. The best paid folks at Tesla Motors have a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), earning $120K per year.


When it comes to skills, Engineering Design seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of around $95K annually. Project Management is regularly seen around here; nearly one in five of those surveyed report it as a core competency. Other skills in demand are Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, and Computer Aided Design.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of survey participants allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. Perks cover health insurance for nearly all workers and dental coverage for most survey participants. Tesla Motors also dishes out privileges such as 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 %
$62,448 - $104,920
$61,468 - $111,049

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 45 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$69,516 - $119,499
$71,107 - $102,088
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$55,234 - $100,744
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