Aerospace Engineer Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Aerospace Engineers, highly experienced workers enjoy much larger paychecks — $127K versus $78K per year. During the first five years of their careers, Aerospace Engineers see a median income of $70K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $83K. After one to two decades on the job, professionals can reap plentiful salaries that average out to the six-figure sum of $102K. More than 20 years of experience seem related to solid financial gains; veterans in this group report earning a median of $127K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$19.47 - $72.00

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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,925 - $118,244  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,037  
Profit Sharing
$302.70 - $10,052  
Total Pay (?
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$57,505 - $121,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,192
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.47 - $72.00  
   
Overtime
$26.20 - $66.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,037  
   
Profit Sharing
$302.70 - $10,052  
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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$57,505 - $121,910  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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Job Description for Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and satellites. They receive proposals for projects and evaluate them for a variety of factors. Aerospace engineers can develop new technologies in these fields, designing new types of aerospace products. They must determine if the proposed project will be technically possible, financially possible, and safe. They will determine if the product meets the needs of the customer, can surpass environmental challenges, and can meet engineering principles. Once they have approved a project, they are in charge of coordinating the design and manufacturing of the product. They will also direct the final testing of the product and ensure that the project meets the proper quality standards. If there is a malfunction or damage in a product, they must identify the problem and any possible solutions.

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Aerospace Engineer Tasks

  • May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture.
  • May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
  • Perform a variety of engineering work in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft.

Common Career Paths for Aerospace Engineer


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Aerospace Engineers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Design Engineering Manager. The average Design Engineering Manager brings home $102K per year. The most common career progression for Aerospace Engineers leads to becoming an Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer, where average pay is $81K annually. However, many Aerospace Engineers also opt to become Aeronautical Engineers. Typically, an Aeronautical Engineer brings home $74K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


Leading companies who hire large numbers of Aerospace Engineers include The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Aviation. Although Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $95K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $60K to $179K. Soaring salaries can also be found at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where earnings of $89K, $86K, or $83K are standard for Aerospace Engineers.

Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $71K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $49K while workers on the upper end may rake in $115K. Sierra Nevada Corporation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc and General Electric (GE) Aviation are three other employers with a reputation for below-average pay, showing salaries around $72K, $72K, and $75K.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineers report using a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Systems Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. Most people familiar with Engineering Design also know Microsoft Office and Technical Analysis.

Pay by Experience Level for Aerospace Engineer

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

Pay Difference by Location


For Aerospace Engineers, busy El Segundo offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Aerospace Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Washington (+5 percent), and Houston (+3 percent). Wichita is the lowest-paying area, 18 percent south of the national average. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Cincinnati (7 percent less) and Phoenix (5 percent less).

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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries



Technical Analysis
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$79,000

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Engineering Design
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 533 votes.

Gender

Female
13 %
Male
87 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 93% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%
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