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. With some bonuses approaching $17K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $53K, overall incomes of Aeronautical Engineers spread between $57K and $135K depending on individual performance. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by career length and location. Almost all enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. The information for this rundown comes from respondents who completed PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$54,583 - $130,039
(Median)
$55K
$80K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,872
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50%
90%

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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
$54,583 - $130,039  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,232  
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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$56,767 - $135,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 310
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$22.00 - $89.00  
   
Overtime
$8.86 - $66.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,232  
   
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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$56,767 - $135,488  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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


The Boeing Company pays the most with a median salary of $135K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $73K to a high of $163K.

With a median employee salary of $73K, Lockheed Martin Corp pays significantly less than its competitors (just about half of the top paying company's median).

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Survey participants wield an impressively varied skill set 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 24 percent, 16 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and CATIA. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Project Management, Avionics, and Microsoft Office. Most people skilled in Matlab are similarly competent in Microsoft Office.

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 inexperienced worker earns $71K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $85K. After 10 to 20 years, professionals can make it pretty big; the median salary sits in the six-figure neighborhood of $105K. Aeronautical Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $126K.

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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 24%

up arrow 16%

Controls
up arrow 10%

National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Matlab
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Aeros
up arrow 4%


CATIA
up arrow 8%

SolidWorks
up arrow 11%

AutoCAD
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 53 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
15%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
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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