Aerospace Engineer Salary

For Aerospace Engineers, highly experienced workers enjoy the highest paychecks — around $126K — relative to the national average of $78K annually. During the first five years of their careers, Aerospace Engineers see a median income of $70K. Survey respondents with five to 10 years of experience report an only modestly higher median of $83K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $102K. Aerospace Engineers who have spent more than 20 years on the job report earning a significantly higher median of $126K. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$57,769 - $118,151
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$58K
$78K
$120K
MEDIAN: $77,708
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$19.36 - $71.83
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MEDIAN: $33.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,769 - $118,151  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,950  
Profit Sharing
$303.39 - $10,037  
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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$57,287 - $121,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 3,174
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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Hourly Rate
$19.36 - $71.83  
   
Overtime
$26.66 - $66.35  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $7,950  
   
Profit Sharing
$303.39 - $10,037  
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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$57,287 - $121,709  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 184
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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. Going from Aerospace Engineer to Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $81K. Many others choose to work as Aeronautical Engineers, where pay is typically $74K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineers flock to The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Lockheed Martin Corp, and General Electric (GE) Aviation, highly regarded companies that employ a generous number of people in this profession. Although Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $95K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $60K to $179K. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) ($90K), The Boeing Company ($87K), 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. 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 pay less than market rate include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and Microsoft Word. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in 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


For those looking to make money, Aerospace Engineers in El Segundo enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 15 percent above the national average. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Seattle (+10 percent), Los Angeles (+7 percent), Washington (+5 percent), and San Diego (+4 percent). Falling short of the national average by 18 percent, the area with the worst salaries is Wichita. Employers also pay below the national average in Phoenix (6 percent lower) and Cincinnati (5 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 559 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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