Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

A sizeable majority of Automotive Product Development Engineers in the United States are men. In this role, average pay is around $75K annually. People who have worked for fewer than five years bring home $71K on average. Median compensation in the five-to-10 year group, however, is higher at approximately $77K. For Automotive Product Development Engineers, 10 to 20 years of experience on the job amounts to an average salary of $96K. More than 20 years of experience mean a somewhat bigger median paycheck of $97K, but it's not much more than what less experienced people make. The data for this synopsis comes from respondents who took the PayScale salary survey.

$57,850 - $103,178
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MEDIAN: $75,011
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$12.50 - $47.50
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$48
MEDIAN: $30
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,850 - $103,178  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$500 - $8,000  
Total Pay (?
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$58,063 - $107,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 158
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$26$52$78
Hourly Rate
$12.50 - $47.50  
   
Overtime
$14.30 - $76.61  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$60K$120K$180K
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
   
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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$58,063 - $107,482  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 12 Jan 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 14
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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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There are some Automotive Product Development Engineers — though it's uncommon — that transition into Design Engineering Managers, where earnings are an average $102K annually. With an annual salary of $89K, 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 Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Automotive Product Development Engineers report using a pretty varied skill set on the job. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, and Project Management are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab, Microsoft Word, and Windows Operating System General Use. Most people skilled in Microsoft Excel are similarly competent in 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 26%

Experienced
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National Average
$77,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Test Engineering
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Excel
0%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$77,000

Project Management
up arrow 1%

Engineering Design
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 4%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 4%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 9%

Matlab
up arrow 10%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 34 votes.

Gender

Female
5 %
Male
95 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
38%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
19%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 87%
dental benefits
Dental: 82%
medical benefits
Vision: 69%
dental benefits
None: 10%
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