The average salary for a Flight Test Engineer is $84,329 per year. A skill in Project Management is associated with high pay for this job.

$63,749 - $126,422
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MEDIAN: $84,328
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$30.22 - $68.78
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MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$63,749 - $126,422  
   
Bonus
$608 - $7,496  
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$63,479 - $128,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 109
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$34.43  
   
Overtime
$20.00 - $56.73  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$608 - $7,496  
   
Profit Sharing
$1,000  
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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$63,479 - $128,514  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 8
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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.

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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

Late-Career
up arrow 48%

Experienced
up arrow 17%

Mid-Career
up arrow 14%

National Average
$85,000

Entry-Level
up arrow 15%

Skills That Affect Flight Test Engineer Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 22%


Test Engineering
up arrow 4%

System Testing
0%

National Average
$85,000

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
12 %
Male
88 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
22%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 86%
dental benefits
Dental: 77%
medical benefits
Vision: 63%
dental benefits
None: 9%
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