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Aerospace Engineer Salary

Highly experienced Aerospace Engineers rake in top-notch pay; their $126K-salary trumps the national average for others in this profession ($78K annually). At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $70K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $83K. Professionals who claim 10 to 20 years of experience can secure some pretty cushy paychecks; the median for this group is a six-figure $102K. Aerospace Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $126K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,829 - $117,009
(Median)
$58K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,583
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$17.94 - $71.94
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$18
$33
$72
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,829 - $117,009  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,664  
Profit Sharing
$310.10 - $9,777  
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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$57,207 - $120,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,170
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$17.94 - $71.94  
   
Overtime
$26.46 - $68.13  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,664  
   
Profit Sharing
$310.10 - $9,777  
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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$57,207 - $120,973  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Apr 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 185

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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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


Dominating the field, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Aviation are top firms with a reputation for hiring a great number of Aerospace Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — the median salary there is $90K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $57K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $148K. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, The Boeing Company, and Northrop Grumman Corporation also offer top salaries for Aerospace Engineers. Workers at these firms can expect to earn about $88K, $86K, and $84K, respectively.

Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $70K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $116K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sierra Nevada Corporation at $72K, and General Electric (GE) Aviation where $72K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aerospace Engineers there earn up to $119K.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Survey results imply that Aerospace Engineers deploy a deep pool 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 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know 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


Aerospace Engineers will find that El Segundo offers an impressive pay rate, one which exceeds the national average by 15 percent. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), Everett (+7 percent), and Dallas (+5 percent). Those in the field find the lowest salaries in Wichita, 17 percent below the national average. A couple other locations with smaller-than-average paychecks include Phoenix (7 percent lower) and Atlanta (6 percent lower).

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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 645 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%