Automotive Engineer Salary (United States)

An Automotive Engineer earns an average salary of $69,928 per year. A skill in Matlab is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.
Automotive Engineer Total Pay (?
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$48,038 - $101,816
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MEDIAN: $69,928
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Automotive Engineer Total Pay (?
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$9.98 - $51.35
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MEDIAN: $27.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,038 - $101,816  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $14,795  
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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$47,076 - $108,448  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$9.98 - $51.35  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $60.74  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,139  
   
Profit Sharing
$202.73 - $14,795  
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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$47,076 - $108,448  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Jun 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 214
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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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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
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National Average
$72,000

Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries

Matlab
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Microsoft Excel
up arrow 9%
Project Management
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National Average
$72,000
Microsoft Office
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Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 3%
AutoCAD
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Microsoft Word
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Job Satisfaction
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Gender
Female
9%
female alumni
 
Male
91%
male alumni
Years of Experience
Less than 1 year
7%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
17%
10-19 years
21%
20 years or more
13%
Common Health Benefits
medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 80%
vision benefits Vision: 61% employee benefits None: 8%
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