Median pay for Automotive Engineers in the United States is around $72K annually. Including potential for bonuses and profit sharing — peaking near $12K and $15K, respectively — total cash payment to Automotive Engineers can bottom out near $44K or peak near $109K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but geography and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of Automotive Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the greater part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to around half. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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$44,119 - $101,450
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MEDIAN: $71,885
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$15.00 - $46.22
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MEDIAN: $29.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,119 - $101,450  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $14,720  
Total Pay (?
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$43,655 - $109,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 265
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $46.22  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $73.40  
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $11,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$197.27 - $14,720  
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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$43,655 - $109,342  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 38
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Job Description for Automotive Engineer

An automotive engineer creates and improves mechanisms and designs within the automotive field. The automotive engineer may work for an original equipment manufacturer or for a company that manufactures cars. Much of the work is done on a computer with CAD software, so proficiency with design software is necessary. However, some of the work is hands-on, such as tests that are carried out to try out new technologies. The automotive engineer will often be tasked with coming up with designs relating to electrical components, electrical circuits, car software, and car bodies.

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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 General Motors Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $105K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $60K to $140K.

Chrysler Group LLC. offers the lowest compensation; the median salary there averages out to only $79K. The pay range is also narrow, ranging between $58K and $102K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Survey results suggest that Automotive Engineers put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, autodesk autocad, and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Project Management also know Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Engineering Design are, more often than not, also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Engineer

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


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $68K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $75K. Automotive Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $95K. Respondents who claim more than 20 years of experience may encounter pay that doesn't quite reflect their extensive experience; these veterans report a median income of around $103K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $73,868

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Surpassing the national average by 23 percent, Automotive Engineers in Dearborn receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automotive Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Warren (+19 percent), Miami (+10 percent), Auburn Hills (+8 percent), and Detroit (+2 percent). Automotive Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Automotive Engineers in Kalamazoo bring in salaries that are 22 percent lower than the national average. Dallas and New York are a couple other places where companies are known to pay below the median — salaries are 19 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively.

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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$74,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries



Microsoft Word
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National Average
$74,000

Matlab
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Microsoft Excel
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Microsoft Office
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autodesk autocad
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AutoCAD
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Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
16%
1-4 years
42%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
12%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 66%
medical benefits
Vision: 50%
dental benefits
None: 15%
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