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Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

For Automotive Product Development Engineers, higher-than-average salaries are found among very senior workers, where employees bring in around $94K relative to the national average of $74K per year for others in this line of work. Relatively untried employees who have fewer than five years of experience earn around $69K on average. People who have worked for five to 10 years can expect a higher median salary of $76K. After working for 10 to 20 years, Automotive Product Development Engineers make a median salary of $87K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $94K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. The figures in this overview were provided by individuals who took PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$57,200 - $98,716
(Median)
$57K
$74K
$99K
MEDIAN: $73,684
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50%
90%

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$9.14 - $49.32
(Median)
$9
$34
$49
MEDIAN: $33.00
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90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,200 - $98,716  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,204  
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,000  
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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$57,308 - $103,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 187
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.14 - $49.32  
   
Overtime
$14.19 - $77.21  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,204  
   
Profit Sharing
$400.00 - $9,000  
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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$57,308 - $103,401  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 May 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 11

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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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Though some Automotive Product Development Engineers move into positions like Design Engineering Manager (where the average salary is $102K), this progression is not the norm. The most common promotion for Automotive Product Development Engineers is Senior Mechanical Engineer, a position that typically pays $88K annually. Another standard transition for Automotive Product Development Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Mechanical Engineer role, where pay is often $63K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Offering a median salary of only $75K, General Motors Corporation pays the least. Not only that, but the earnings range of $66K to $129K is pretty narrow, too.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Survey results suggest that Automotive Product Development Engineers use a fairly large toolkit of professional skills. Most notably, skills in Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Engineering Design, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Matlab and Microsoft Word. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to 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 25%

Experienced
up arrow 15%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$75,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 4%

Matlab
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 54 votes.

Gender

Female
11 %
Male
89 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
31%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
27%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 82%
vision benefits Vision: 69% employee benefits None: 10%
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