Automotive Engineer Salary

Pay for Automotive Engineers in the United States sits in the ballpark of $74K per year. With some bonuses approaching $11K and certain profit sharing proceeds approaching $15K, overall incomes of Automotive Engineers spread between $44K and $112K depending on individual performance. Compensation for this group is mainly affected by career duration, but the particular city and the individual firm are influential factors as well. A large number enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to slightly more than half. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automotive Engineers. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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$48,138 - $102,355
$48K
$74K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,711
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$15.00 - $47.32
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MEDIAN: $28.57
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$48,138 - $102,355  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,000  
Profit Sharing
$99.33 - $14,681  
Total Pay (?
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$43,919 - $111,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 244
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$15.00 - $47.32  
   
Overtime
$10.14 - $73.98  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $11,000  
   
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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$43,919 - $111,544  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 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

  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete automotive projects.
  • 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.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers seeking a sizable paycheck can earn the most at General Motors Corporation, where the average salary comes to $105K.

Chrysler Group LLC. is infamous for dishing out the smallest paychecks in the area (the median in that office is $79K), but the company pay scale is greatly mixed, meaning that workers on the low end may earn only $58K while workers on the upper end may rake in $102K.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 8 percent and 12 percent. Skills that pay less than market rate include AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Most people experienced in Engineering Design also know Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 186 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Automotive Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 49 salaries. An Automotive Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,461

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Dearborn is home to an above-average pay rate for Automotive Engineers, 21 percent higher than the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Michigan Center (+19 percent), Auburn Hills (+17 percent), Warren (+17 percent), and Detroit (+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. Employers pay around 20 percent less in Dallas and 17 percent less in New York, below-median salaries for those in this field.

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Key Stats for Automotive Engineer

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

▲41%

▲26%

▲5%

National Average
$75,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries





Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$75,000

▼1%


▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 24 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
43%
5-9 years
18%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 83%
dental benefits
Dental: 69%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 15%