Automotive Engineer Salary

Automotive Engineers in the United States take home approximately $73K annually on average. Total cash compensation to Automotive Engineers bottoms out near $45K and approaches $110K on the high end; the biggest paychecks include approximately $12K from bonuses and almost $15K from profit sharing. Career length is the main element affecting pay for this group — geography and the particular employer are driving factors as well. Job satisfaction is reported as high by the vast majority of workers. Most enjoy medical while more than half get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to more than half. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.
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$47,318 - $101,917
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$73K
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MEDIAN: $72,790
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$15.00 - $47.32
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$47,318 - $101,917  
   
Bonus
$-0.48 - $11,745  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $14,681  
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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$44,566 - $110,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 260
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $47.32  
   
Overtime
$10.21 - $73.50  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$-0.48 - $11,745  
   
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $14,681  
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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$44,566 - $110,022  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | 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


General Motors Corporation offers the highest compensation with a median salary of $105K.

Though certain workers may see earnings of up to $102K, Chrysler Group LLC. still falls short in the compensation department — the median pay is only $79K, the lowest in the field.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Engineering Design, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 15 percent. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Most people who know Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Skill sets containing Project Management also tend to include 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. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $69K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $78K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $96K in this role. Automotive Engineers who surpass 20 years on the job report pay that isn't as high as one would expect; the median compensation for this crowd sits around $104K.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,122

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Dearborn offers some of the highest pay in the country for Automotive Engineers, 21 percent above the national average. Automotive Engineers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like Michigan Center (+20 percent), Auburn Hills (+18 percent), Warren (+17 percent), and Miami (+8 percent). Automotive Engineers' salaries are heavily influenced by location — Automotive Engineers in Kalamazoo bring in salaries that are 23 percent lower than the national average. Not at the bottom but still paying below the median are employers in Dallas and New York (20 percent lower and 18 percent lower, respectively).

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Key Stats for Automotive Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

Late-Career
▲39%

▲28%

▲4%

National Average
$75,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries



Microsoft Word
▲8%

Microsoft Excel
▼0%

National Average
$75,000


Matlab
▼1%

autodesk autocad
▼5%

AutoCAD
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 25 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 82%
dental benefits
Dental: 67%
vision benefits
Vision: 53%
dental benefits
None: 16%
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