Automotive Engineer Salary

The average Automotive Engineer in the United States can expect to rake in roughly $69K per year. In the world of Automotive Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $41K and $104K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $10K and $13K, respectively. Residence is the main element affecting pay for this group — career duration and the individual firm are driving factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the larger part. Most Automotive Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. This report is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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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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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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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 (?
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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


Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $83K; however, pay is widely dispersed from bottom to top, ranging from $59K to $120K.

Chrysler Group LLC. offers the smallest salaries in town — $79K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $58K to $102K) creates a rather varied pay scale.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Survey results suggest that Automotive Engineers use a fairly large toolkit 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. Those familiar with Project Management tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office. The majority of those who know Engineering Design also know 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. 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. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automotive Engineers make a median salary of $95K. Folks who have racked up more than 20 years in the field report incomes that aren't that much higher than less experienced individuals' earnings; the veterans make just $100K on average.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $71,246

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Dearborn offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automotive Engineers, 28 percent above the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Warren (+24 percent) and Los Angeles (+13 percent). Place of residence plays a huge part in an Automotive Engineer's salary, with Dallas Automotive Engineers earning salaries that are 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
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Matlab
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National Average
$71,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Word
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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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