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Automotive Engineer Salary

An average Automotive Engineer in the United States can expect to take home roughly $70K per year. In the world of Automotive Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $40K and $106K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $8K and $13K, respectively. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is experience level, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. Job satisfaction for Automotive Engineers is high. Almost all report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a fair number collect dental insurance. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.
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$46,490 - $100,787
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MEDIAN: $69,623
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$46,490 - $100,787  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,193  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $13,395  
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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$40,375 - $105,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 203
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.97 - $50.81  
   
Overtime
$18.55 - $61.47  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,193  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $13,395  
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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$40,375 - $105,906  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 32
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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


Ford Motor Company does shell out the biggest paychecks — the median in that office is $83K — but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $37K while workers on the upper end may rake in up to $120K.

Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $78K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $51K to $109K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Survey results imply that Automotive Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Matlab, Microsoft Excel, Engineering Design, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 7 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Engineering Design also know 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.


Experience and income seem to be closely related; in general, the survey respondents who had worked for more years reported higher incomes. The average beginner in this position makes around $62K, but folks who have been around for five to 10 years see a markedly higher median salary of $77K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $91K. Individuals who have achieved more than 20 years of experience don't seem to earn much more than people who have 10 to 20 years under their belts; the more senior group reports an average income of $101K.

Pay Difference by Location


For Automotive Engineers, Warren provides a pay rate that is 36 percent greater than the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Auburn Hills (+14 percent) and Detroit (+3 percent).

Related Job Salaries

Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$70,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries

Matlab
up arrow 14%

Microsoft Excel
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National Average
$70,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

AutoCAD
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

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

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
44%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
18%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 90% dental benefits Dental: 79%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 9%