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.