Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

Men account for the majority of Automotive Product Development Engineers in the United States. The overall average income for this group is approximately $74K per year. The median compensation for relatively untried workers is $70K; in the five-to-10 year group, it's higher at around $76K. Automotive Product Development Engineers with one to two decades of relevant experience report an average salary of approximately $88K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $95K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make.

$57,717 - $100,193

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$9.30 - $48.48

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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,717 - $100,193  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,635  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$57,272 - $104,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 174
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$9.30 - $48.48  
   
Overtime
$14.43 - $75.90  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,635  
   
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
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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$57,272 - $104,789  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 18 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Automotive Product Development Engineers sometimes become Design Engineering Managers, where the average income is $102K per year. With an annual salary of $88K, Senior Mechanical Engineer is the most common role for Automotive Product Development Engineers to subsequently assume on their way up the ladder. Transitioning into a Mechanical Engineer role — which usually pays $63K — is also typical for Automotive Product Development Engineers, though less common by comparison.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


The consistently lowest paying firm is General Motors Corporation, where the median salary is just $75K. There isn't much variation there, either; the pay scale ranges only from $66K to $129K.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Automotive Product Development Engineers seem to require a number of specific skills. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Matlab, Microsoft Word, and Microsoft Office. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Microsoft Office.

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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 16%


National Average
$76,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Test Engineering
up arrow 5%

Project Management
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$76,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Matlab
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 46 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 71% employee benefits None: 9%
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