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Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aeronautical Engineers earn an average of $80K per year. Total cash compensation to Aeronautical Engineers bottoms out near $55K and approaches $136K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $19K from bonuses and almost $21K from profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but years of experience and geography are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$51,886 - $130,591
(Median)
$52K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,976
10%
50%
90%

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$15.32 - $88.40
(Median)
$15
$48
$88
MEDIAN: $48.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary 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$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,886 - $130,591  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,000  
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $20,713  
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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$55,119 - $136,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 291
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.32 - $88.40  
   
Overtime
$8.93 - $66.70  
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$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$253.42 - $20,713  
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).
)
$55,119 - $136,105  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 20

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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


With a median employee salary of $78K, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company pays significantly less than its competitors (73 percent lower than the top payer).

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, facility with Project Management, Avionics, and Controls are correlated to pay that is significantly above average, leading to increases of 23 percent, 16 percent, and 13 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Avionics, Matlab, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

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


Aeronautical Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Survey participants with less than five years' experience pocket $70K on average, but those with five to 10 years of experience enjoy a much bigger median of $86K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $107K. 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


Experienced
up arrow 31%


National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 23%

up arrow 16%

Controls
up arrow 13%

CATIA
up arrow 8%

National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Aeros
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 5%


SolidWorks
up arrow 15%

AutoCAD
up arrow 18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 55 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 77%
vision benefits Vision: 68% employee benefits None: 8%
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