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Aerospace Engineer Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Aerospace Engineers, highly experienced workers enjoy much larger paychecks — $125K versus $77K annually. Individuals who have worked for fewer than five years bring in approximately $69K on average. Those in the five-to-10 year range can expect an average that is only a touch bigger at $82K. Six-figure salaries surface after one to two decades on the job — experienced professionals in this group reap a six-figure median of $102K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $125K. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$57,074 - $115,397
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$57K
$77K
$120K
MEDIAN: $76,575
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$16.51 - $71.46
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$33
$71
MEDIAN: $33.00
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$57,074 - $115,397  
   
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$0.00 - $7,351  
Profit Sharing
$310.10 - $7,000  
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$56,388 - $119,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 3,162
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$16.51 - $71.46  
   
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$25.58 - $66.15  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,351  
   
Profit Sharing
$310.10 - $7,000  
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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$56,388 - $119,825  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 193
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Job Description for Aerospace Engineer

An Aerospace Engineer designs aircraft, missiles, space crafts, and satellites. They test prototypes to make sure that the models function according to how they are designed. They are spacecraft/vehicle engineers that deal with related infrastructure of these things. There are many specialties within this job.

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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 may go on to top-notch roles like Aviation Program Manager, where median pay is $101K annually. Going from Aerospace Engineer to Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $81K. Many others choose to work as Aeronautical Engineers, where pay is typically $73K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineers fill the offices of leading firms The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and U.S. Air Force (USAF). Although National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) boasts the highest average salary in town at $90K, employee compensation still varies greatly — workers can make as little as $54K or as much as $153K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Aerospace Engineers typically earn around $88K, $85K, or $81K, respectively.

Offering a median salary of only $70K, Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. gives out the smallest paychecks. Furthermore, the earnings range of $49K to $116K isn't that wide, either. General Electric (GE) Aviation, Sierra Nevada Corporation, and General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc also rank near the bottom for pay, handing out $71K, $72K, and $73K-paychecks on average.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Survey takers working as Aerospace Engineers report using a large range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Systems Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 6 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Matlab 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 those looking to make money, Aerospace Engineers in El Segundo enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 17 percent above the national average. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+9 percent), Everett (+8 percent), and Dallas (+6 percent). Wichita ranks last in the field for pay, reporting salaries 18 percent below the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Phoenix and Cincinnati (8 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries




National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 737 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 92% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 6%