Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aeronautical Engineers earn an average of $78K annually. Overall cash earnings for Aeronautical Engineers stretch from $55K on the lower end to $140K near the top, and the heftiest packages can encompass around $19K from bonuses and $30K from profit sharing. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the company, followed by tenure and geography. Job satisfaction for Aeronautical Engineers is high. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$53,798 - $132,413
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$130K
MEDIAN: $78,190
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$15.10 - $122.18
(Median)
$15
$49
$120
MEDIAN: $49.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$53,798 - $132,413  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,596  
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $30,000  
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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$55,107 - $139,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 355
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$15.10 - $122.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$0.33  
Overtime
$2.93 - $66.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,596  
   
Profit Sharing
$50.00 - $30,000  
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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$55,107 - $139,911  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | 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


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.

Lockheed Martin Corp reports the lowest median salary in the area by far — it's only $74K, about half the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Project Management, Finite Element Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office. Skill sets containing Matlab also tend to include Microsoft Office. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Avionics.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

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


For many Aeronautical Engineers, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $86K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $107K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $128K.

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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 34%


National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

up arrow 15%

Project Management
up arrow 11%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
0%

National Average
$80,000

Engineering Design
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Matlab
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Controls
up arrow 3%

Aeros
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CATIA
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Test Engineering
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
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SolidWorks
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 44 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 75%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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