Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Male Aeronautical Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $78K per year in the United States. Cash earnings for Aeronautical Engineers — which occasionally include more than $20K from bonuses and more than $84K from profit sharing — stretch from around $56K to approximately $164K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is geography, followed by the company and years of experience. Work is enjoyable for Aeronautical Engineers, who typically claim high levels of job satisfaction. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$55,192 - $143,289
$55K
$78K
$140K
MEDIAN: $77,930
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$29.51 - $125.18
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MEDIAN: $67.41
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$55,192 - $143,289  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,000  
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $83,838  
Total Pay (?
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$55,766 - $163,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 270
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$29.51 - $125.18  
   
Hourly Tips
$71.43  
Overtime
$3.26 - $99.55  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $20,000  
   
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $83,838  
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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$55,766 - $163,893  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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 offers the largest salaries in town ($136K on average), but the considerable range in workers' salaries creates a rather varied pay scale that stretches from $72K to $165K.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Test Engineering, Finite Element Analysis, and Aeros are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like autodesk autocad, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Microsoft Office, Avionics, and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Aeronautical Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Aeronautical Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 182 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aeronautical Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $88,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Aeronautical Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $101,000 based on 47 salaries. An Aeronautical Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $123,000 based on 26 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,227

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Aeronautical Engineers will find that New York offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 75 percent. Aeronautical Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Dayton (+30 percent), Houston (+15 percent), Seattle (+9 percent), and Los Angeles (+7 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Fort Worth, 19 percent below the national average. Lexington Park and San Diego are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 13 percent lower and 7 percent lower, respectively.

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Key Stats for Aeronautical Engineer

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.
Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%
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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

▲54%

▲26%

▲9%

National Average
$80,000

▼10%

Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries


National Average
$80,000

▼1%

Test Engineering
▼1%

Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
▼1%


▼4%

▼5%


▼6%


▼9%

▼14%

SolidWorks
▼14%

autodesk autocad
▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 16 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
19%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
vision benefits
Vision: 63%
no benefits
None: 8%
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