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Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Male Aeronautical Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $79K annually in the United States. Total cash compensation to Aeronautical Engineers approaches anywhere from $54K on the lower end to $137K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $20K from bonuses and upwards of $21K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career length, but the specific employer and geography are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$51,204 - $130,417
(Median)
$51K
$79K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,178
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$15.46 - $87.11
(Median)
$15
$46
$87
MEDIAN: $46.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,204 - $130,417  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,668  
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $21,141  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$54,091 - $136,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 279
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$31$62$93
Hourly Rate
$15.46 - $87.11  
   
Overtime
$9.90 - $90.25  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,668  
   
Profit Sharing
$496.65 - $21,141  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
)
$54,091 - $136,862  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 22
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Job Description for Aeronautical Engineer

A career as an Aeronautical Engineer is a very challenging yet rewarding career. Aeronautical Engineers use both mental and physical processes to complete their work. This includes the use and knowledge of computer systems but also hands-on tools to be used on physical aircraft. Hand-held tools often include those similar to what is used in the automobile industry. Tools include wrenches, drills, screwdrivers, and lifts but they also include specialized equipment specific to a job working with aircraft.

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Aeronautical Engineer Tasks

  • Plan and organize technical projects from conception to completion.
  • Coordinate and communicate between various areas; supervise and train project staff as needed.
  • Utilize engineering knowledge for project management; estimate timelines and schedules; anticipate risks and costs related to the technical aspects of the project.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aeronautical Engineer


The consistently lowest paying firm on the list is Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where the median salary is just $78K — 71 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Controls, Avionics, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 16 percent and 19 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, Aeros, and CATIA. Those with knowledge of Avionics tend to be skilled in Engineering Design as well.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Aeronautical Engineers. Relatively untried employees who have less than five years' experience make $68K, but folks with five to 10 years under their belts enjoy an appreciably larger median of $86K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $105K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $125K on average.

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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 55%

Experienced
up arrow 30%


National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 19%

up arrow 16%

Controls
up arrow 16%

National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 5%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 9%

CATIA
up arrow 10%

Aeros
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
24%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%