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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. People who work for Tesla Motors earn excellent salaries of around $90K per year on average. Though your city and what you do at the company are influential salary factors for those at Tesla Motors, your experience level turns out to have the greatest impact on paycheck size. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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Tesla Motors typically pays:
above market
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About This Company

1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




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Years of Experience

For those who claim five to nine years of work experience, pay on average amounts to approximately $96K annually. The largest slice of the Tesla Motors workforce (36 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, $80K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($101K annually) can be spotted in Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. (about $98K), San Jose, Calif. ($93K), and Mountain View, Calif. (around $90K) are the next top-paying cities. High paychecks are not found in California City, Calif.; in fact, at approximately $64K it is one of the worst-paid cities. Pay rates in the United States are highest in the state of California, where they average to $92K per year.


Senior Manufacturing Engineers earn the highest median pay at around $102K annually, followed by Senior Electrical Engineers (about $102K), Software Engineers ($100K), and Senior Mechanical Engineers ($100K). Mechanical Engineers at Tesla Motors do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($82K on average) at the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, who make around $102K per year. On average, salaries rise to $99K annually for accredited Engineer in Trainings. Tesla Motors workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD) are also well compensated, earning $120K on average.


In this position, it pays to have Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS in your toolkit; employees who claim proficiency enjoy a higher median salary of about $120K per year. Engineering Design also popped up often in the survey as an important skill; nearly one in five of employees surveyed report using it at work. Other top skills include Project Management, CATIA, and Microsoft Excel.


Tesla Motors' employees who answered the questionnaire are more likely to be male — the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

For employees looking to save up for their golden years, Tesla Motors provides an optional 401(k) plan, and the larger part of respondents participate. Perks cover health insurance for almost all employees and dental coverage for a large number of employees. Tesla Motors employees also enjoy perks such as stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, free drinks, relocation expenses, and a subsidized cell phone.

Key Stats for Tesla Motors


16 %
84 %
$48,936 - $115,827
$68,503 - $107,624
Less than 1 year
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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