Aeronautical Engineer Salary

A sizeable majority of Aeronautical Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $80K per year. Overall cash earnings of Aeronautical Engineers stretch from $55K near the bottom to $137K at the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $20K each from bonuses and profit sharing. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the specific employer, but career duration and geographic location are influential factors as well. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$51,583 - $130,849
(Median)
$52K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $80,280
10%
50%
90%

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$15.21 - $89.60
(Median)
$15
$48
$90
MEDIAN: $48.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$51,583 - $130,849  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,684  
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $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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$54,892 - $136,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 287
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$15.21 - $89.60  
   
Overtime
$8.93 - $66.70  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,684  
   
Profit Sharing
$494.93 - $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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$54,892 - $136,579  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 18

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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


With a reported median salary of only $79K, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company easily takes the cake for lowest-paying firm in town; earnings are 71 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers report using a large range of 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, 15 percent, and 12 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office. Aptitude in Avionics tends to also indicate an understanding of Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average worker who claims fewer than five years of experience earns around $70K. In contrast, however, individuals who report five to 10 years in this occupation see a much larger median of $86K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $106K on average. 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 $126K on average.

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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 30%


National Average
$82,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 23%

up arrow 15%

Controls
up arrow 12%

CATIA
up arrow 7%

National Average
$82,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

Aeros
up arrow 3%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
up arrow 14%

SolidWorks
up arrow 15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 56 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 8%