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Aerospace Engineer Salary

The national average salary for Aerospace Engineers is $78K per year; by contrast, very experienced professionals enjoy a significantly higher average pay rate, around $126K. Someone who has worked for fewer than five years earns around $70K on average. Individuals with five to 10 years of experience don't get much more, though; the average income in this group is $83K. Experienced professionals who have spent one to two decades on the job can score lucrative paychecks that average out to $102K. Seasoned veterans with 20 years under their belts enjoy a median income of $126K. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$57,849 - $117,478
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$58K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,656
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$18.49 - $71.99
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,849 - $117,478  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,802  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,872  
Total Pay (?
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$57,267 - $121,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,162
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Hourly Rate
$18.49 - $71.99  
   
Overtime
$26.46 - $67.34  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,802  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,872  
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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$57,267 - $121,323  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 183

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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 who transition into a Design Engineering Manager role may receive large pay increases as the latter position pays an average $102K per year. The most common promotion for Aerospace Engineers is Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer, a position that typically pays $81K annually. Another standard transition for Aerospace Engineers seeking advancement is to assume an Aeronautical Engineer role, where pay is often $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. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $90K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $57K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $148K. Aerospace Engineers will also find cushy salaries at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (+$88K), The Boeing Company (+$86K), and Northrop Grumman Corporation (+$84K).

Bringing up the rear, Rolls-Royce North America, Inc.'s median pay of $70K is the lowest in town; however, employee salaries widely range, with some making up to $116K. A few other companies with smaller-than-average paychecks include Sierra Nevada Corporation ($72K), General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc ($73K), and General Electric (GE) Aviation ($75K).

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Survey results imply that Aerospace Engineers deploy a substantial tool kit of skills at work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Systems Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Controls are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office, Technical Analysis, and Systems Engineering.

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, working in the bustling city of El Segundo has its advantages, including an above-average pay rate. Aerospace Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and Dallas (+4 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Wichita is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Cincinnati and Phoenix (7 percent lower and 6 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries




National Average
$79,000


Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries




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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 615 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
12%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

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