Male Aeronautical Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $77K annually in the United States. Cash earnings for Aeronautical Engineers — including $20K in bonuses and $69K in profit sharing proceeds near the top of the pay scale — generally stretch from $55K to $152K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by experience level and geography. Medical benefits are awarded to nearly all, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. Work is enjoyable for Aeronautical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,544 - $137,886
$55K
$77K
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MEDIAN: $77,243
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$19.50 - $126.40
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,544 - $137,886  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,765  
Profit Sharing
$8.21 - $68,510  
Total Pay (?
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$54,835 - $151,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 259
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$19.50 - $126.40  
   
Hourly Tips
$35.98  
Overtime
$18.87 - $100.22  
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,765  
   
Profit Sharing
$8.21 - $68,510  
Total Pay (?
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$54,835 - $151,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 14

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Job Description for Aeronautical Engineer

Most of the time, aeronautical engineers work for the government or defense contractors. Some positions require security clearance because they often work in facilities that require special access. Aerospace engineers design, maintain, and oversee the research and development of different types of aircraft, spacecraft, satellites, and missiles. In addition, they are required to test prototypes to make sure that they function in accordance with their intended plan and original design. Aeronautical engineers are involved in the manufacturing and testing of aircraft and aerospace products.

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Aeronautical Engineer Tasks

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

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aeronautical Engineer


Although The Boeing Company leads the field in pay with a median salary of $136K, employees there receive a wide spread of salaries, from $72K on the low end all the way up to $165K at the top.

The smallest paychecks in the field are found at Lockheed Martin Corp, where the median salary is a mere $80K, 71 percent less than the top paying company.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Aeros, Finite Element Analysis, Test Engineering, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Microsoft Office, Avionics, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

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


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $87K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $72K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $100K. Big financial gains seem to result from working for more than two decades; veterans in this group report earning $124K on average.

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Key Stats for Aeronautical Engineer

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
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Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

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Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
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Test Engineering
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$79,000

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CATIA
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Microsoft Excel
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Controls
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AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

SolidWorks
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autodesk autocad
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
18%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 73%
vision benefits
Vision: 64%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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