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Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

Male Automotive Product Development Engineers number significantly more than their female counterparts, and average earnings in this role come out to $74K annually in the United States. Final cash compensation to Automotive Product Development Engineers varies from around $58K to approximately $98K; choice pay grades include potential for bonuses and profit sharing as high as $8K and $10K, respectively. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Most report receiving medical coverage from their employers and a large number collect dental insurance. Most Automotive Product Development Engineers like their work and job satisfaction is high. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
$57,053 - $96,759
(Median)
$57K
$74K
$97K
MEDIAN: $73,533
10%
50%
90%

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$14.09 - $44.53
(Median)
$14
$33
$45
MEDIAN: $33.00
10%
50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
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$0$33K$66K$99K
Salary
$57,053 - $96,759  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,254  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,635  
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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$57,732 - $98,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 249
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$21$42$63
Hourly Rate
$14.09 - $44.53  
   
Overtime
$20.55 - $62.04  
National Annualized Data (?
XAll compensation data shown are gross, national 10th to 90th percentile ranges. Pay can vary greatly by location. To view local data, take the PayScale survey.
)
$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,254  
   
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,635  
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).
)
$57,732 - $98,489  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 11 Dec 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 20
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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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While Automotive Product Development Engineers do not often become Design Engineering Managers, the job pays $102K per year on average. A Senior Mechanical Engineer role is the most common promotion for Automotive Product Development Engineers moving up the ladder, and pay for the position tends to be around the $88K mark. Another typical, albeit less common, transition for Automotive Product Development Engineers is a Mechanical Engineer position, where earnings are usually $62K.

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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 Microsoft Excel, Project Management, Engineering Design, and Windows Operating System General Use are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab and Microsoft Word. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled in Engineering Design.

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Experience Affects Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Experienced
up arrow 13%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 2%

Engineering Design
0%

Project Management
0%

National Average
$75,000

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 85 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
3%
1-4 years
28%
5-9 years
28%
10-19 years
29%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 89% dental benefits Dental: 83%
vision benefits Vision: 72% employee benefits None: 10%