Automotive Engineer Salary

Pay for Automotive Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $69K per year. Total incomes of Automotive Engineers incorporate potential for, in a few cases, more than $10K from bonuses and close to $13K from profit sharing; these performance components cause packages to range between $41K and $104K. Earnings for this group are mostly affected by geography, followed by career length and the particular employer. 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. Respondents to the PayScale salary survey provided the data for this report.
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$44,550 - $98,915
(Median)
$45K
$69K
$99K
MEDIAN: $69,385
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50%
90%

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$13.04 - $47.47
(Median)
$13
$28
$47
MEDIAN: $27.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,550 - $98,915  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $12,987  
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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$41,492 - $104,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 329
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.04 - $47.47  
   
Overtime
$10.48 - $65.28  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Take the PayScale Survey to find out how location influences pay for this job.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,962  
   
Profit Sharing
$102.56 - $12,987  
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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$41,492 - $104,060  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 44
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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


Although General Motors Corporation heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $83K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $59K to $120K.

Chrysler Group LLC. offers the lowest pay in the field with a median salary of just $79K, but on the other end, some employees may earn up to $102K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers report using a wide range of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Matlab are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 4 percent and 9 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and Microsoft Word. It is often found that people who know Engineering Design are also skilled in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. It is often found that people who know Project Management are also skilled in 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. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $64K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $76K. Automotive Engineers who work for 10 to 20 years in their occupation tend to earn about $95K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $100K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,246

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

Surpassing the national average by 28 percent, Automotive Engineers in Dearborn receive some of the highest pay in the country. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Warren (+24 percent) and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Automotive Engineers in Dallas take home the lowest salaries, earning a whopping 27 percent less than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Kalamazoo and New York (19 percent lower and 16 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$71,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 1%

National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

AutoCAD
up arrow 9%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 39 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
46%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 89%
dental benefits
Dental: 74%
medical benefits
Vision: 61%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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