Flight Test Engineer Salary

The average salary for a Flight Test Engineer is $80,726 per year. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$57,953 - $112,936
MEDIAN: $80,725

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$57,953 - $112,936  
$0.00 - $5,120  
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$1,221 - $5,042  
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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).
$57,358 - $115,604  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 109

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Job Description for Flight Test Engineer

Flight test engineers are responsible for multiple aspects of the maintenance and use of aircraft. They monitor nearly every aspect of flight, including space flight, rotary wing flight (helicopters), and fixed-wing flight. They also monitor pilots closely and work with them to ensure a safe and smooth flight for the passengers.


Flight Test Engineer Tasks

  • Collaborate with other flight test engineers to generate reports and deliver findings.
  • Analyze the design, performance, and testing data to identify areas of weakness and pinpoint improvement strategies.
  • Test new aircraft components, equipment, and aircraft models.
  • Develop mathematically-driven improvements based on performance and customer and safety requirements.

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Experience Affects Flight Test Engineer Salaries

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National Average

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Skills That Affect Flight Test Engineer Salaries

System Testing
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Test Planning
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National Average

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 23 votes.


9 %
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 91% dental benefits Dental: 89%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 5%