Men account for the majority of Automotive Product Development Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $77K per year. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $74K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $100K on average. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K.

$60,135 - $110,949
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$60K
$77K
$110K
MEDIAN: $77,070
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$8.07 - $64.56
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$8
$30
$65
MEDIAN: $30
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,135 - $110,949  
   
Bonus
$290.87 - $10,054  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,795  
Total Pay (?
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$59,644 - $111,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 81
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$8.07 - $64.56  
   
Overtime
$14.30 - $76.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$290.87 - $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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$59,644 - $111,263  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | 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

  • Collaborate with automotive stylists, market researchers, and other engineers to prepare product proposals.
  • Analyze existing automotive models for safety, performance, and feasibility.
  • 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.

Common Career Paths for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


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While Automotive Product Development Engineers do not often become Design Engineering Managers, the job pays $102K per year on average. As Automotive Product Development Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Mechanical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $89K per year. Another common career choice for Automotive Product Development Engineers is to move into a Mechanical Engineer role. Typically, Mechanical Engineers get paid $64K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Although Ford Motor Company offers the highest salaries (median pay is $85K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $65K to $110K.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Product Development, Project Management, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in 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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Experience Affects Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$78,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Product Development
up arrow 1%

Test Engineering
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$78,000

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 3%

Engineering Design
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 5%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 6%

Matlab
up arrow 11%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 12 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
10%
20 years or more
16%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
medical benefits
Vision: 71%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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