Years of Experience
Five to nine years of work experience seem to result in median wages of around $97K per year. The greater proportion of employees (40 percent) report one to four years of experience and bring home median pay of $80K annually.
When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck (approximately $99K per year) can be spotted in Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. (about $95K), Fremont, Calif. ($91K), and Mountain View, Calif. ($90K) are the next top-paying cities. Austin, Texas is near the bottom for pay at about $50K. By state, California offers the highest pay at $92K annually.
Bringing in the most money are Senior Manufacturing Engineers — their earnings average $102K per year. Senior Mechanical Engineers are a close second at approximately $100K along with Software Engineers ($100K) and Senior Mechanical Design Engineers (around $98K). Test Engineers at Tesla Motors do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions (approximately $84K on average) at the company.
Certifications and Degrees
Monetary compensation comes to around $102K annually for Certified Six Sigma Black Belts, far surpassing the earnings of non-credentialed workers. Engineer in Trainings also rank high on the pay scale, with expected average earnings of $98K per year. Tesla Motors workers who hold a Doctorate (PhD) are also well compensated, earning $120K on average.
When it comes to skills, Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS seems to bolster pay the most; employees who claim proficiency also enjoy a median income of $118K annually. A common skill in Tesla Motors' work force is Engineering Design; between a fifth and a fourth of survey participants report using it on the job. Project Management, CATIA, and Microsoft Excel round out the set of key employee skills.
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 employees allocate some part of their earnings to the company-sponsored 401(k) savings plan. The vast majority of survey participants have health insurance, and benefits for a large number of employees also include dental insurance. Other privileges include stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, free drinks, and a company cell phone.