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Aerospace Engineer Salary

With the highest median pay of $126K, very senior Aerospace Engineers make much more than the national average ($78K annually) for those in this field. 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. Between one and two decades on the job, average salaries pass the six-figure mark at around $102K. Average wages for folks with more than 20 years of experience come out to around $126K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,874 - $117,610
(Median)
$58K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,718
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$18.81 - $71.33
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$19
$34
$71
MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,874 - $117,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,875  
Profit Sharing
$308.13 - $9,899  
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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$57,333 - $121,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,175
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$18.81 - $71.33  
   
Overtime
$26.49 - $67.27  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,875  
   
Profit Sharing
$308.13 - $9,899  
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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$57,333 - $121,334  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 16 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 182
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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' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Design Engineering Manager. The average Design Engineering Manager brings home $102K per year. More often than not, an Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer role is the next step for Aerospace Engineers moving up in the field. Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineers usually make $81K per year. Many other Aerospace Engineers choose to take on an Aeronautical Engineer role, where salaries are typically $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 leaders in the field that employ a large number of Aerospace Engineers. The biggest paychecks can be found at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) — the median salary there is $91K; however, employees are subject to a wide range in pay, with the lowest salaries sitting near $57K and highest ones in the neighborhood of $147K. Other leaders in compensation levels are Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company at $88K, The Boeing Company at $86K, and Northrop Grumman Corporation, where Aerospace Engineers annually earn $84K.

With a median salary of only $70K, Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. pays the least. It seems that the compensation range of $49K to $116K isn't that wide, either. Sierra Nevada Corporation, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc, and General Electric (GE) Aviation also scrape the bottom of the pay scale, with median earnings hovering around $72K, $72K, and $75K.

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 5 percent and 8 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in 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 can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+11 percent), Los Angeles (+8 percent), San Diego (+4 percent), and Dallas (+3 percent). Wichita is the lowest-paying area, 17 percent south of the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up 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




Controls
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$79,000

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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 602 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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