Aeronautical Engineer Salary
Men make up the majority of Aeronautical Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $78K per year. Total cash compensation to Aeronautical Engineers approaches anywhere from $54K on the lower end to $150K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $18K from bonuses and upwards of $69K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career duration and location. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Aeronautical Engineers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.
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.Read More...
Aeronautical engineers must have a bachelor's degree in engineering (civil, electrical, electronic, chemical, industrial, mechanical, aeronautical, or computer) or in technical field. They must also have significant work experience in a relevant field. Experience with aeroacoustics, aerodynamics, or computational fluid dynamics is preferred. A master’s degree in aeroacoustics or a related is often preferred.
Aeronautical engineers work in a team environment. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must keep themselves up to date with various new technology. They are encouraged to take continuing education courses. They must read relevant engineering journals. They must be willing to attend various workshops and conferences. They often must be able to communicate efficiently and effectively with both internal and external customers regarding technology integration and specific requirements and outcomes. Therefore, good customer service skills are required for jobs that require clients' interaction. Maintaining confidentiality and protecting their organization’s proprietary products and technology are necessary. Aeronautical engineers may be required to travel. They must be flexible in order to meet tight deadlines.
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
For Aeronautical Engineers, comfortable salaries can be found at The Boeing Company; in fact, average earnings are around $136K, the highest in the area, though the difference in the company's lowest and highest employee paychecks ($72K versus $165K) is great.
The lowest pay by far can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp — this employer offers a median salary of $79K, 73 percent lower than the top payer.
Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer
Survey takers working as Aeronautical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Finite Element Analysis, Aeros, 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. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also 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.
For many Aeronautical Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $72K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $83K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $124K on average.