Aerospace Engineer Salary

Highly experienced Aerospace Engineers pick up larger-than-average paychecks, bringing in $128K, much more than the $79K annually national average for others in this area of work. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $71K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $85K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $102K on average. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $128K. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$58,233 - $120,783
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$58K
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$120K
MEDIAN: $78,544
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$19.30 - $72.82
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$58,233 - $120,783  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,591  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $10,843  
Commission
$10,000  
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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$57,878 - $124,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 3,442
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$19.30 - $72.82  
   
Overtime
$26.29 - $65.53  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,591  
   
Commission
$10,000  
Profit Sharing
$294.79 - $10,843  
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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$57,878 - $124,419  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 207
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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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For Aerospace Engineers, progressing to a Design Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Engineering Manager can earn $102K annually. An Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer role is the most common promotion for Aerospace Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $81K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Aerospace Engineers is an Aeronautical Engineer position, where earnings are usually $74K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Aviation are all popular places to work. Although Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $97K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $61K to $173K. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ($95K), The Boeing Company ($85K), and Spacex ($85K).

Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. offers the least money; the median income there is just $70K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $50K and $114K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sierra Nevada Corporation at $72K, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc at $72K, and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), where $73K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Survey respondents exploit a significant toolbox of skills in their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Technical Analysis, Systems Engineering, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in 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

National Average: $79,611

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With a pay rate for Aerospace Engineers that is 14 percent greater than the national average, El Segundo offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Washington (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 20 percent, Wichita is the market with the smallest paychecks. Cincinnati and Phoenix are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 7 percent lower and 2 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries




National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries



Systems Engineering
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Controls
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Engineering Design
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$80,000

ANSYS
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C++
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Matlab
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Microsoft Office
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Microsoft Excel
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CATIA
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Windows Operating System General Use
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 492 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
14%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 92%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 6%
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