Automotive Engineer Salary

Automotive Engineers in the United States can expect wages of $74K annually on average. Cash earnings for Automotive Engineers — which occasionally include more than $15K from bonuses and more than $12K from profit sharing — stretch from around $43K to approximately $112K. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is career length, though geography and the specific company have a (lesser) impact as well. Men make up the vast majority of Automotive Engineers (88 percent) who took the survey. A strong majority report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Most Automotive Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$48,590 - $102,550
$49K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $74,451
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$14.84 - $45.98
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$0$111K
Salary $48,590 - $102,550
Bonus $0.00 - $15,000
Profit Sharing $97.87 - $12,309
Total Pay (?
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$43,475 - $111,567
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 226
Hourly Data $0$71
Hourly Rate $14.84 - $45.98
Overtime $20.96 - $71.45
Annual Data $0$111K
Bonus $0.00 - $15,000
Profit Sharing $97.87 - $12,309
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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$43,475 - $111,567
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 11 Jul 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 34

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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

  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete automotive projects.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers flock to General Motors Corporation for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $105K lead the pack in compensation.

Offering a median of only $79K, Chrysler Group LLC. pays the least. Moreover, the compensation range seems pretty narrow; employees make $58K on the lower end and $102K on the higher end.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 9 percent and 13 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Project Management also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 186 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Automotive Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 49 salaries. An Automotive Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,041

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

With a pay rate for Automotive Engineers that is 21 percent greater than the national average, Dearborn offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Automotive Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Michigan Center (+20 percent), Auburn Hills (+18 percent), Warren (+17 percent), and Detroit (+9 percent). Compared to the national average, Kalamazoo Automotive Engineers have considerably lower salaries, 23 percent below the national average to be exact. Location appears to be a major driving force in pay for those in this profession. Employers in Dallas and New York also lean toward paying below-median salaries (20 percent lower and 17 percent lower, respectively).

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Q: What is it like working as an Automotive Engineer?

Automotive Engineer in Warren:
Pros: Pay.
Cons: Does not utilize most of my education.

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Key Stats for Automotive Engineer

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 26 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

▲41%

▲26%

▲5%

National Average
$75,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries





Microsoft Office
▲1%

National Average
$75,000

▼1%


▼13%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 79%
dental benefits
Dental: 65%
vision benefits
Vision: 50%
no benefits
None: 17%
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