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Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Men represent the vast majority of Aeronautical Engineers in the United States. People in this role can earn an average of $79K per year nationwide. Total cash compensation to Aeronautical Engineers bottoms out near $55K and approaches $135K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $19K from bonuses and almost $53K from profit sharing. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by the company, followed by career length and geographic location. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Aeronautical Engineers. A large number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$52,927 - $129,514
(Median)
$53K
$79K
$130K
MEDIAN: $79,388
10%
50%
90%

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$15.32 - $88.40
(Median)
$15
$48
$88
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
$52,927 - $129,514  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $18,596  
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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$55,402 - $134,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 299
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 - $18,596  
   
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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$55,402 - $134,728  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 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


Earnings fall especially short at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, where the median salary of $78K is the lowest in the field, 73 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 13 percent, respectively. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and CATIA. Those familiar with Engineering Design also tend to know Project Management, Avionics, and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Matlab are also skilled in Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

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


Experience seems to be a major factor in determining the incomes of Aeronautical Engineers. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $70K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $86K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $106K. Aeronautical Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $124K 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 24%

up arrow 16%

Controls
up arrow 13%

National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

Aeros
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%


CATIA
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 14%

AutoCAD
up arrow 16%

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
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
15%

Common Health Benefits

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