Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Operating out of San Carlos, Calif., automobile company Tesla Motors employs talent in positions ranging from Mechanical Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer. Tesla Motors pays its employees $89K annually on average. Tesla Motors paychecks are largely negotiated based on how long you've been working, though where you live and your role at the company are also considered. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




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Years of Experience

Respondents who have been working for five to nine years make approximately $93K per year on average. Broken down by tenure, the largest share of Tesla Motors employees (39 percent) have one to four years of experience and earn $81K annually on average.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($99K per year) can be spotted in Palo Alto, Calif.; San Francisco, Calif. ($92K), Fremont, Calif. (about $91K), and Mountain View, Calif. (around $90K) are the next top-paying cities. At about $50K, Austin, Texas is home to some of the lowest pay in the country. The highest pay by state can be found in California, where salaries average out at around $91K annually.


Firmware Engineers are awarded the highest paychecks, with compensation nearing $110K per year on average; Senior Manufacturing Engineers are next on the list, bringing in close to $102K, followed by Senior Mechanical Engineers earning $100K and Senior Mechanical Design Engineers making approximately $98K. Tesla Motors hands out some of the smallest paychecks to Mechanical Engineers ($84K on average).

Certifications and Degrees

Certified Six Sigma Black Belts have significantly higher pay than non-accredited workers at about $102K annually. On average, salaries rise to $98K per year for accredited Engineer in Trainings. It pays to have a Doctorate (PhD) at Tesla Motors — these employees make the most at $120K annually.


The best-paying skill to have in this role appears to be Embedded / Real-Time / RTOS; employees who claim this ability report median compensation of approximately $118K 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. Many workers are also familiar with Project Management, CATIA, and Microsoft Excel.


Men make up the majority of employees who took the survey in a male-to-female ratio of more than 3 to 1.

Benefits and Perks

The larger part of survey participants set aside retirement funds in an employer-sponsored 401(k). Perks cover health insurance for the vast majority of survey participants and dental coverage for a large number of employees. Some other advantages of working at Tesla Motors are stock options, a stock purchase plan, a casual working environment, free drinks, and relocation expenses.

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