Average Aerospace Engineers in San Diego, Calif. make around $80K annually. Career duration is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the specific employer. Most people on this career path report moderate levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to most, and a strong majority earn dental coverage. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

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$61K
$80K
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MEDIAN: $79,881
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$-0.49 - $8,808  
Profit Sharing
$2,000  
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$59,716 - $120,275  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 63
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Pay by Experience Level for Aerospace Engineer

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


For Aerospace Engineers in San Diego, experience does not seem to be a major factor in determining pay. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $74K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $84K. On average, San Diego Aerospace Engineers make $97K following one to two decades on the job. Aerospace Engineers in San Diego who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $102K on average.

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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 26%

Experienced
up arrow 21%

Mid-Career
up arrow 4%

National Average
$81,000


Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries

Controls
up arrow 9%

Systems Engineering
up arrow 4%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Technical Analysis
0%

National Average
$81,000

ANSYS
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

CATIA
up arrow 3%

UNIX
up arrow 3%

Aeros
up arrow 5%

ANSYS Simulation Software
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 11%

SolidWorks
up arrow 24%

AutoCAD
up arrow 29%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
11%
1-4 years
45%
5-9 years
12%
10-19 years
25%
20 years or more
8%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 88%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
medical benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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