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. Tesla Motors employees enjoy considerable salaries — pay is approximately $91K per year on average. Your experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for Tesla Motors workers, followed by your job title and geography. 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

Average pay is around $101K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The greater proportion of employees (43 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of approximately $83K per year.


Senior Firmware Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $136K annually on average; Senior Mechanical Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $102K, followed by Firmware Engineers earning $95K and Controls Engineers making about $95K. With salaries averaging $85K, Test Engineers are among the lowest paid at Tesla Motors.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($120K per year) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (approximately $99K), San Francisco, Calif. (about $95K), and Fremont, Calif. ($91K) are the next top-paying cities. On the lower end is San Jose, Calif. at around $72K. Within the firm, employees working in Washington take home the most — $105K annually on average.

Certifications and Degrees

Those lacking certification bring in much lower salaries than Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, who make about $113K per year. Acquiring certification to be a Professional Engineer License Holder is rewarded with median pay of $110K annually. The highest-paying degree here is a Doctorate (PhD); Tesla Motors awards $120K to these degree-holders.


Employees who count Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS among their skills enjoy higher pay; the median for this group is around $116K per year. Engineering Design is a popular skill in the Tesla Motors workforce; slightly more than a fifth of those surveyed report putting it to use in their jobs. Other top skills include Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.


The number of male employees who participated in the survey outweighs the number of women; the male-to-female ratio is more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of workers save for retirement through Tesla Motors' 401(k) plan. Nearly all employees receive health insurance, and a large number of workers get dental coverage. Perks 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


19 %
81 %
$58,389 - $113,626
$65,436 - $112,325
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1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
$60,820 - $120,079
$75,947 - $121,700
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$67,500 - $103,497

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