Aerospace Engineer Salary

The national average salary for Aerospace Engineers is $79K per year; by contrast, very experienced professionals enjoy a significantly higher average pay rate, around $128K. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $71K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $85K. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $128K on average. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.

$58,233 - $120,783
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$58K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,544
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$19.30 - $72.82
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$19
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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 (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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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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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


The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Aviation are top-notch employers for Aerospace Engineers in this area. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company pays the most with a median salary of $97K, though with a large amount of variation, going from a low of $61K to a high of $173K. Other big spenders include National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), The Boeing Company, and Spacex, top-paying firms where Aerospace Engineers see paychecks nearing $95K, $85K, or $85K.

Although Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. hands out the lowest average salary in town at $70K, employee compensation still varies greatly; workers can make as little as $50K or as much as $114K. Employees at Sierra Nevada Corporation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) can also expect below-average earnings of $72K, $72K, and $73K.

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, 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. 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

National Average: $79,611

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For Aerospace Engineers, busy El Segundo offers a higher-than-average pay rate, 14 percent above the national average. Aerospace Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Seattle (+9 percent), Los Angeles (+6 percent), Washington (+5 percent), and Houston (+4 percent). In Wichita, salaries are 20 percent below the national average and represent the lowest-paying market. Employers pay around 7 percent less in Cincinnati and 2 percent less in Phoenix, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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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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National Average
$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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