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Automotive Engineer Salary

Very much a male-dominated career in the United States, Automotive Engineers earn an average of $68K per year. Cash earnings of Automotive Engineers can occasionally include $10K each in bonuses and profit sharing proceeds; this strong performance component causes pay grades to stretch from approximately $40K to almost $103K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the particular city and the individual firm. A large number enjoy medical while a fair number get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$44,243 - $99,367
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$44K
$68K
$99K
MEDIAN: $68,219
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$10.00 - $50.57
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$10
$24
$51
MEDIAN: $23.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$44,243 - $99,367  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $10,174  
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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$40,016 - $102,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 232
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$28$56$84
Hourly Rate
$10.00 - $50.57  
   
Overtime
$19.50 - $83.99  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,821  
   
Profit Sharing
$196.53 - $10,174  
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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$40,016 - $102,907  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 34

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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


Automotive Engineers flock to Ford Motor Company for generous paychecks, where average earnings of $81K lead the pack in compensation; however, Ford Motor Company also provides employees with a wide spectrum of compensation ranging from $38K at one end to $119K at the other end.

Salaries are easily beat at Chrysler Group LLC., where median pay comes to just $78K, the lowest in the field. What's more, with base pay starting at $58K and ending at $97K, range in salary is rather small.

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 AutoCAD and Microsoft Word. For most people, competency in Engineering Design indicates knowledge of Project Management and Microsoft Excel. Most people experienced in Microsoft Office also know Microsoft Excel and Project Management.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Engineer

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.


Experience is an important factor influencing the compensation of Automotive Engineers. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $61K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $75K. Automotive Engineers see a median salary of $94K after reaching one to two decades on the job. 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 $99K on average.

Pay Difference by Location


Dearborn is home to an above-average pay rate for Automotive Engineers, 34 percent higher than the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Warren (+27 percent) and Auburn Hills (+16 percent). The smallest paychecks in the market, 20 percent south of the national average, can be found in Kalamazoo.

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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 43%



National Average
$69,000


Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries



Microsoft Excel
up arrow 8%

Matlab
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National Average
$69,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
up arrow 7%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 42 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
9%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
20%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 76%
vision benefits Vision: 60% employee benefits None: 10%
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