Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

Automotive Product Development Engineers in the United States are largely men, earning an average of $79K per year. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $75K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $80K. People with 10 to 20 years of experience make an average of about $99K in this role. Old hands boasting more than twenty years of relevant experience report pay that is more or less commensurate with that extensive experience; average earnings for this group come out to approximately $107K. This overview is based on answers to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$60,465 - $116,835
$60K
$79K
$120K
MEDIAN: $78,538
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$16.28 - $32.43
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MEDIAN: $27.11
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$60,465 - $116,835  
   
Bonus
$253.42 - $10,108  
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,681  
Total Pay (?
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$60,058 - $120,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 104
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$27.11  
   
Overtime
$30.41 - $65.10  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$253.42 - $10,108  
   
Profit Sharing
$-0.50 - $14,681  
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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$60,058 - $120,606  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 4 May 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 8

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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. The most common promotion for Automotive Product Development Engineers is Senior Mechanical Engineer, a position that typically pays $90K annually. Another standard transition for Automotive Product Development Engineers seeking advancement is to assume a Mechanical Engineer role, where pay is often $64K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Those at Chrysler Group LLC. can expect to make the most, with the company offering a median salary of $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. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, Windows Operating System General Use, and Product Development. Those familiar with Microsoft Excel also tend to know Engineering Design.

Pay by Experience Level for Product Development Engineer, Automotive

Pay by Experience for a Product Development Engineer, Automotive has a positive trend. An entry-level Product Development Engineer, Automotive with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $75,000 based on 59 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Product Development Engineer, Automotive with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $80,000 based on 32 salaries. An experienced Product Development Engineer, Automotive which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $99,000 based on 18 salaries. A Product Development Engineer, Automotive with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 20 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $80,007

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

For Automotive Product Development Engineers, Dearborn provides a pay rate that is 6 percent greater than the national average. With compensation 4 percent below the national average, Auburn Hills is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.

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Key Stats for Product Development Engineer, Automotive

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.
Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
19%
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Experience Affects Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

▲34%

▲23%

▲1%

National Average
$80,000

▼7%

Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

National Average
$80,000

Test Engineering
▼1%



AutoCAD
▼4%




Product Development
▼6%

Windows Operating System General Use
▼8%

Matlab
▼13%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 15 votes.

Gender

Female
9 %
Male
91 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
8%
1-4 years
33%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
13%
20 years or more
19%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 81%
vision benefits
Vision: 70%
no benefits
None: 10%
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