Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

Compared to the national salary average for Automotive Product Development Engineers, highly experienced workers enjoy much larger paychecks — $95K versus $73K annually. Average salaries for inexperienced employees average out to around $69K, but folks who have five to 10 years of experience earn a higher median of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Automotive Product Development Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $95K. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.

$57,643 - $100,065
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$58K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,262
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$9.30 - $48.48
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$9
$26
$48
MEDIAN: $26.00
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,643 - $100,065  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,060  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,946  
Total Pay (?
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$57,161 - $105,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 171
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$14.30 - $76.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,060  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,946  
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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$57,161 - $105,043  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 20 Jun 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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Job Description for Product Development Engineer, Automotive

  • 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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Automotive Product Development Engineers sometimes assume positions such as Design Engineering Managers. That role pays $102K per year on average. The most common career progression for Automotive Product Development Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineer, where average pay is $88K annually. However, many Automotive Product Development Engineers also opt to become Mechanical Engineers. Typically, a Mechanical Engineer brings home $63K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Employees of General Motors Corporation can expect to make the least, with the company offering a median salary of $75K; however, pay is widely dispersed from top to bottom, ranging from $66K to $129K.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Automotive Product Development Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Excel, AutoCAD, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab and Microsoft Word. The majority of those who know 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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Experience Affects Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Late-Career
up arrow 27%

Experienced
up arrow 16%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$75,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
27%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 9%
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