Aerospace Engineer Salary

Aerospace Engineers in the United States earn $78K annually on average across the nation, but very senior workers receive a significantly higher median of $127K. People who have worked for fewer than five years earn around $70K, and folks with five to 10 years of experience see a modestly higher median of $83K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $102K. Old hands who claim more than two decades on the job enjoy average earnings of $127K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,890 - $118,397
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$58K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,805
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$19.49 - $71.92
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$57,890 - $118,397  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,050  
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $10,045  
Total Pay (?
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$57,459 - $122,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,192
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Hourly Rate
$19.49 - $71.92  
   
Overtime
$26.76 - $66.25  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,050  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.04 - $10,045  
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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$57,459 - $122,050  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 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 may progress into high-paying roles like Design Engineering Manager, where median compensation is $102K annually. As Aerospace Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $81K per year. Another common career choice for Aerospace Engineers is to move into an Aeronautical Engineer role. Typically, Aeronautical Engineers get paid $74K.

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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. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $95K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $60K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $179K. Other leaders in compensation levels are National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at $89K, The Boeing Company at $86K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Aerospace Engineers annually earn $83K.

Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. offers the smallest salaries in town — $70K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $49K to $116K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Sierra Nevada Corporation at $72K, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc at $72K, and General Electric (GE) Aviation, where $75K is the norm.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineers seem to require a rather large skill set. 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 pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know 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


Home to some of the best pay for Aerospace Engineers, El Segundo offers exceptional salaries, 15 percent above the national average. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), Washington (+5 percent), and San Diego (+3 percent). With compensation 18 percent below the national average, Wichita is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Phoenix (7 percent less) and Cincinnati (6 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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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 546 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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