Automotive Engineer Salary

Men make up the majority of Automotive Engineers in the United States, and the nationwide average salary in this area lies in the neighborhood of $68K annually. In the world of Automotive Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $12K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $41K and $102K. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by residence, but career duration and the particular employer are influential factors as well. The majority of Automotive Engineers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a strong majority collect dental insurance. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,698 - $98,610

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$10.21 - $50.51

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,698 - $98,610  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,879  
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $12,255  
Total Pay (?
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$41,013 - $102,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 252
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$10.21 - $50.51  
   
Overtime
$20.36 - $70.07  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,879  
   
Profit Sharing
$193.92 - $12,255  
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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$41,013 - $102,348  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | 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


Although Ford Motor Company heads up the field in terms of compensation, offering the highest median salary at $81K, pay at this particular employer still varies considerably, running the full spectrum from $38K to $119K.

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 8 percent and 11 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Word and AutoCAD. Most people experienced in 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.


Automotive Engineers who reported more years of relevant experience also reported higher earnings. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $62K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $74K. Automotive Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $94K. 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 $100K.

Pay Difference by Location


Dearborn offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automotive Engineers, 31 percent above the national average. Automotive Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Warren (+27 percent), Los Angeles (+22 percent), Auburn Hills (+13 percent), and Detroit (+1 percent). Automotive Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Automotive Engineers in Dallas bring in salaries that are 25 percent lower than the national average. Below-median salaries also turn up in Kalamazoo and New York (20 percent lower and 19 percent lower, respectively).

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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries



Microsoft Excel
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Matlab
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National Average
$69,000

Microsoft Office
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AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 38 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 62% employee benefits None: 10%
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