Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Aeronautical Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $80K annually. In the world of Aeronautical Engineers, overall income ranges from $56K near the bottom to $135K at the top; this can include more than $17K from bonuses and more than $53K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. While experience level and geography impact pay for this group, the particular firm is the most influential factor. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of Aeronautical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$54,215 - $130,039
(Median)
$54K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,899
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$22.00 - $89.00
(Median)
$22
$49
$89
MEDIAN: $48.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,215 - $130,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,362  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $53,453  
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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$56,375 - $135,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$22.00 - $89.00  
   
Overtime
$8.93 - $66.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,362  
   
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $53,453  
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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$56,375 - $135,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 19
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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

  • 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


Aeronautical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $135K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($73K) and those starting out ($163K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Lockheed Martin Corp offers the lowest pay in the industry by far, with a median salary about half the top paying employer's rate ($75K).

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Survey results imply that Aeronautical Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Avionics, and Controls are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 15 percent, and 4 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and CATIA. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Project Management, Avionics, and Microsoft Office. A tool kit that includes Matlab also typically contains Microsoft Office.

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 have a median salary of $71K. Those who have been around for five to 10 years can expect to take home more — $86K on average. Between 10 and 20 years, pay surpasses six figures; at this stage, the average professional scores around $105K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $126K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 29%


National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 23%

up arrow 15%

Controls
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
0%

National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 2%

Aeros
up arrow 4%


CATIA
up arrow 6%

SolidWorks
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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