Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Aeronautical Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $78K per year. In the world of Aeronautical Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $19K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $30K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $55K and $140K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is the particular firm, followed by career length and location. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The majority of Aeronautical Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$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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50%
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


Aeronautical Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at The Boeing Company, where the median salary comes to $136K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($72K) and those starting out ($165K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Relative to other names in the field, compensation is very low at Lockheed Martin Corp — the median salary comes to just $74K, just about half of the top paying company's median.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Survey takers working as Aeronautical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Avionics, Project Management, Finite Element Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Project Management, Microsoft Office, and Avionics. 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.


For many Aeronautical Engineers, more experience generally translates to higher pay. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $71K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $86K on average. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $107K. People who have worked for more than 20 years report a median income of $128K, which is barely higher than the median for folks with 10 to 20 years of experience.

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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
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 2%

Controls
up arrow 3%

Aeros
up arrow 4%

CATIA
up arrow 6%

Test Engineering
up arrow 6%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 14%

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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