Aeronautical Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Aeronautical Engineers earn an average of $80K annually. In the world of Aeronautical Engineers, overall income ranges from $57K near the bottom to $137K at the top; this can include more than $19K from bonuses and more than $53K from profit sharing in exceptional cases. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by the company, but experience level and geography are influential factors as well. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Aeronautical Engineers. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$54,548 - $131,351

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$22.00 - $89.00

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$54,548 - $131,351  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,090  
Profit Sharing
$103.04 - $53,453  
Total Pay (?
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$56,806 - $136,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 309
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$30$60$90
Hourly Rate
$22.00 - $89.00  
   
Overtime
$8.79 - $67.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $19,090  
   
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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$56,806 - $136,984  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 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


Aeronautical Engineers flock to The Boeing Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $135K lead the pack in compensation; however, The Boeing Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $73K at one end to $163K at the other end.

Earnings fall especially short at Lockheed Martin Corp, where the median salary of $73K is the lowest in the field, about half the top paying employer's rate.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Aeronautical Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills 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 23 percent, 16 percent, and 10 percent, respectively. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include SolidWorks, AutoCAD, and CATIA. Most people skilled in Matlab are similarly competent in Microsoft Office. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Project Management, Avionics, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Aeronautical Engineer

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


Aeronautical Engineers generally obtain higher compensation for more plentiful past experience. 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 $87K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $104K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $127K.

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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 28%


National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 23%

up arrow 16%

Controls
up arrow 10%

National Average
$81,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 2%

Aeros
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%


CATIA
up arrow 8%

AutoCAD
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 12%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 51 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
14%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 67% employee benefits None: 7%
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