Automotive Engineer Salary

Men account for the majority of Automotive Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $68K per year. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $10K and $11K, respectively — total cash payment to Automotive Engineers can bottom out near $41K or peak near $103K depending on individual performance. While the particular city and the particular employer impact pay for this group, career length is the most influential factor. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. For the most part, Automotive Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$44,385 - $98,867
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$44K
$68K
$99K
MEDIAN: $67,955
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$10.14 - $50.77
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$27
$51
MEDIAN: $27.00
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,385 - $98,867  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,854  
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $11,000  
Total Pay (?
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$40,760 - $102,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 245
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$10.14 - $50.77  
   
Overtime
$24.75 - $83.99  
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,854  
   
Profit Sharing
$150.00 - $11,000  
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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$40,760 - $102,637  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 35
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Job Description for Automotive Engineer

Automotive engineers can expect to work on the design and creation of land based vehicles such as motorcycles, automobiles, trucks, and buses. Delving deeper into the broad aforementioned topics automotive engineers will sometimes specialize in subsystems related to vehicles such as brakes, thermodynamics, heating/cooling systems, and engine efficiency. On the job it is not uncommon for an automotive engineer to be with a project from start to finish, working on it through its entirety with a close knit group of engineers who specialize in other fields related to the project. During the entire engineering process an automotive engineer will have to decide on several things such as what materials to use, how to get the most efficiency out of the vehicle in question, a good time frame for work, and how to maintain quality while still being cost efficient. Since an automotive engineer will probably be the leader of a project they must also perform tests several times throughout the entire process to ensure the quality of parts, the safety of parts, and that everything is up to par with standard engineering regulations, as they could be held liable should anything go wrong because of an error in human judgement. It is also common to find automotive engineers working creating and developing more efficient and complex computer systems for automotives. Through creating more efficient and better computer systems more safety features may be added, the efficiency of the automotive will increase, and a better user experience may be enabled through having easier to use features and systems.


Automotive Engineer Tasks

  • Plans and engineers the assembly of whole vehicles and individual parts.
  • Conducts research that tests and analyzes design, operation, and performance of components and systems.
  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete automotive projects.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Engineer


Employees of Ford Motor Company can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $81K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $38K to $119K.

Not only do salaries lack room to grow — pay ranges from $58K to just $97K — but Chrysler Group LLC. offers the lowest pay in town to boot, with a median paycheck of $78K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Survey results show that Automotive Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Microsoft Office and Microsoft Excel.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive 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. The average inexperienced worker earns $62K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $74K. Automotive Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $94K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


For those looking to make money, Automotive Engineers in Dearborn enjoy an exceptional pay rate, 33 percent above the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Warren (+26 percent) and Auburn Hills (+12 percent). With compensation 20 percent below the national average, Kalamazoo is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Matlab
up arrow 2%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 40 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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