Men make up the majority of Aeronautical Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $78K per year. Total cash compensation to Aeronautical Engineers approaches anywhere from $54K on the lower end to $150K on the higher end; in exceptional cases, this can include more than $18K from bonuses and upwards of $69K from profit sharing. This group's pay is mainly influenced by the company, followed by career duration and location. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. Job satisfaction for Aeronautical Engineers is high. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$54,359 - $136,832
(Median)
$54K
$78K
$140K
MEDIAN: $77,826
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$24.09 - $125.80
(Median)
$24
$48
$130
MEDIAN: $47.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Salary
$54,359 - $136,832  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,879  
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $69,043  
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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$54,329 - $150,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 263
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$50$100$150
Hourly Rate
$24.09 - $125.80  
   
Hourly Tips
$35.98  
Overtime
$8.93 - $100.22  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$100K$200K$300K
Bonus
$0.00 - $17,879  
   
Profit Sharing
$8.14 - $69,043  
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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$54,329 - $150,045  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 15
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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.

The lowest pay by far can be found at Lockheed Martin Corp — this employer offers a median salary of $79K, 73 percent lower than the top payer.

Popular Skills for Aeronautical Engineer


Survey takers working as Aeronautical Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Finite Element Analysis, Aeros, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include autodesk autocad, SolidWorks, and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office, Avionics, and Project Management.

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. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $72K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $83K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $101K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $124K on average.

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Experience Affects Aeronautical Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Aeronautical Engineer Salaries


Finite Element Analysis (FEA)
0%

National Average
$79,000

Aeros
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Matlab
up arrow 2%

Test Engineering
up arrow 2%

Avionics
up arrow 3%


CATIA
up arrow 5%


Microsoft Excel
up arrow 7%

Controls
up arrow 8%

AutoCAD
up arrow 13%

SolidWorks
up arrow 13%

autodesk autocad
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 18 votes.

Gender

Female
6 %
Male
94 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
40%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
10%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 72%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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