Aerospace Engineer Salary

Average Aerospace Engineers in the United States make around $82K annually. Cash earnings for Aerospace Engineers — which occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and more than $15K from profit sharing — stretch from around $59K to approximately $134K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the specific employer and location. Nearly all enjoy medical while a strong majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a majority. The majority of workers are highly satisfied with their job. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.

$59,078 - $129,420
$59K
$82K
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MEDIAN: $82,018
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$17.45 - $68.88
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MEDIAN: $34.91
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$140K$280K$420K
Salary
$59,078 - $129,420  
   
Bonus
$300.19 - $10,134  
Profit Sharing
$0.43 - $15,152  
Commission
$19,653  
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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$58,892 - $134,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 2,272
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National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$70$140$210
Hourly Rate
$17.45 - $68.88  
   
Overtime
$23.27 - $67.01  
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$140K$280K$420K
Bonus
$300.19 - $10,134  
   
Commission
$19,653  
Profit Sharing
$0.43 - $15,152  
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).
)
$58,892 - $134,305  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 186
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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

  • Perform a variety of engineering work in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft.
  • May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
  • May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture.

Common Career Paths for Aerospace Engineer


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For Aerospace Engineers, progressing to a Design Engineering Manager role may result in a significant raise. On average, a Design Engineering Manager can earn $103K annually. Many Aerospace Engineers choose to become Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineers and Aeronautical Engineers as their careers advance. However, folks in those positions report median salaries of $2K less and $8K less, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Spacex, and Lockheed Martin Corp are some prominent firms with considerable interest in employing a large team of Aerospace Engineers. Aerospace Corporation, The offers the best pay with a median salary of $105K, though salaries there don't seem that varied, bottoming out near $92K and maxing out at just $117K. Other employers shelling out big bucks include National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Spacex, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where Aerospace Engineers typically earn around $101K, $92K, or $92K, respectively.

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $67K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $47K and $99K. Others at the bottom of the scale for this job include Lockheed Martin Corp at $69K, and Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. where $70K is the norm, but it is worth noting that some Aerospace Engineers there earn up to $114K.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineers seem to exploit a large range of skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Systems Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 10 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and autodesk autocad. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know Matlab, Systems Engineering, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Aerospace Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


In general, experience and pay appear to be strongly linked; those with more experience usually bring in higher incomes. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $72K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $90K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $107K on average. Aerospace Engineers who have acquired more than 20 years of relevant experience earn significantly more than folks with fewer years on their resumes; the average income in this veteran group is $135K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $83,007

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Surpassing the national average by 24 percent, Aerospace Engineers in El Segundo receive some of the highest pay in the country. Aerospace Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Pasadena (+22 percent), Houston (+12 percent), Denver (+11 percent), and Los Angeles (+8 percent). One of the biggest compensable factors for Aerospace Engineers is geography, with workers in Wichita earning a whopping 23 percent below the national average. Employers in Dallas and Stratford also lean toward paying below-median salaries (16 percent lower and 10 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Aerospace Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries

▲62%

▲29%

▲8%

National Average
$83,000

▼13%

Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries




Engineering Design
▼0%

National Average
$83,000

▼3%




▼4%


▼5%

C++
▼6%


▼15%

▼15%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 226 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 91%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 68%
dental benefits
None: 7%
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