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Automotive Engineer Salary

Median pay for Automotive Engineers in the United States is around $69K per year. In the world of Automotive Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $10K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $40K and $103K. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by the particular city and the specific company. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to a large number, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The data for this snapshot was collected from individuals who took PayScale's salary survey.
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$45,390 - $99,587
(Median)
$45K
$69K
$100K
MEDIAN: $68,706
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$10.00 - $50.57
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$10
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$45,390 - $99,587  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,577  
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $10,304  
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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$40,019 - $102,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 218
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $50.57  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $65.93  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,577  
   
Profit Sharing
$195.74 - $10,304  
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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$40,019 - $102,967  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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


Automotive Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at Ford Motor Company, where the median salary comes to $81K, though the large pay difference between employees at the top ($38K) and those starting out ($119K) creates a rather diverse pay scale.

Salaries are easily beat at Chrysler Group LLC., where median pay comes to just $78K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $58K and ending at $97K, range in salary is rather small.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 10 percent. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Microsoft Word and AutoCAD. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Project Management and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Engineer

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


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Automotive Engineers. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $61K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $74K on average. For Automotive Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $94K. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Home to some of the best pay for Automotive Engineers, Warren offers exceptional salaries, 26 percent above the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Auburn Hills (+15 percent). Kalamazoo is home to the smallest salaries in the field, lagging the national average by 20 percent.

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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 7%

Matlab
up arrow 3%

National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 43 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
21%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 75%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%