Automotive Product Development Engineers in the United States earn $79K per year on average across the nation, but very senior workers receive a significantly higher median of $107K. At career start (within the first five years), average income sits near $74K, and the average for folks who have worked for five to 10 years is only slightly higher at $79K. Those with 10 to 20 years of experience under their belts can expect their paychecks to flourish around the six-figure median of $100K. Survey participants who have spent more than 20 years on the job report a predictably higher median income of $107K, demonstrating that compensation is roughly commensurate with experience in the end. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,794 - $117,540
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MEDIAN: $78,637
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$8.07 - $64.56
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,794 - $117,540  
   
Bonus
$242.40 - $10,054  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,795  
Total Pay (?
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$60,049 - $122,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 97
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$30.91 - $75.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$242.40 - $10,054  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $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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$60,049 - $122,609  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jan 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 10

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Job Description for Product Development Engineer, Automotive

Most of the time, product development engineers, automotive, work in the automotive industry. They are responsible for the developing of new automotive products and changing existing models. They are also involved in testing various automotive components. While developing automotive products, they must consider environmental laws and regulations. They must adhere to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rules and regulations.

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Product Development Engineer, Automotive Tasks

  • Work with automotive assembly/manufacturing engineers to plan product that is easy to make, safe, and cost effective.
  • Produce assembly drawings, cost estimates, prototyping, and testing data per specifications.
  • Collaborate with automotive stylists, market researchers, and other engineers to prepare product proposals.
  • Analyze existing automotive models for safety, performance, and feasibility.

Common Career Paths for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


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Automotive Product Development Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Design Engineering Managers. That role pays $103K per year on average. Going from Automotive Product Development Engineer to Senior Mechanical Engineer is the transition that occurs most often in this field, where the paychecks are $90K. Many others choose to work as Mechanical Engineers, where pay is typically $64K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


The biggest paychecks can be found at Chrysler Group LLC. — the median salary there is $83K.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Survey results imply that Automotive Product Development Engineers put a diverse skill set to use. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Project Management, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like Matlab, Windows Operating System General Use, and Product Development. Most people experienced in Microsoft Excel also know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Engineer, Automotive

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

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Key Stats for Product Development Engineer, Automotive

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
031
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
21%
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Experience Affects Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries


Experienced
up arrow 26%


National Average
$80,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

National Average
$80,000

Test Engineering
up arrow 1%




AutoCAD
up arrow 4%



Product Development
up arrow 6%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 8%

Matlab
up arrow 13%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
32%
5-9 years
29%
10-19 years
9%
20 years or more
21%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 85%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
vision benefits
Vision: 67%
dental benefits
None: 12%
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