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. The average Tesla Motors employee earns $88K per year. Your experience level primarily drives compensation; however, where you live and your job title are also reported as secondary influences on salary at Tesla Motors. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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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 $100K annually. The largest fraction of Tesla Motors people (42 percent) have been working for one to four years and earn approximately $84K per year on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (around $120K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (about $99K), California City, Calif. ($97K), and Fremont, Calif. ($92K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is San Jose, Calif. at about $73K. By state, Tesla Motors pays its Washington employees the most; the pay rate there is $105K per year.


Senior Mechanical Engineers rake in the most money, with average earnings of approximately $109K annually; Firmware Engineers come in second with average earnings amounting to $92K, while Manufacturing Engineers and Test Engineers rank near the top as well (around $91K and $87K, respectively). On the lower end are Industrial Engineers at $75K on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Monetary compensation comes to around $145K per year for Project Management Professionals, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Certified Six Sigma Black Belts also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of approximately $135K annually. Tesla Motors compensates Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)-holders the most at $120K per year.


In this role, the best-paying skill appears to be C programming Language; individuals who claim it among their capabilities enjoy a higher median salary of $98K annually. A relatively widespread skill at Tesla Motors is Engineering Design; somewhere between a fifth and a fourth of employees use it for work. Three more common skills are Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

Tesla Motors sponsors a 401(k) program, and the larger part of respondents use this option to save for their retirement. Health insurance is part of the package for the vast majority of workers, and for a large number of respondents, dental coverage is too. Privileges also include 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


22 %
78 %
$61,176 - $108,814
$62,746 - $112,480

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 42 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$69,290 - $118,198
$70,844 - $117,410
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$56,766 - $103,133
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