Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

Although Automotive Product Development Engineers across the nation make a median of $73K annually, very senior workers can earn a generous $95K. Folks with fewer than five years of experience take home $69K on average, and those who have worked for five to 10 years see a bigger median salary of $76K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $87K. Automotive Product Development Engineers with more than 20 years of experience report incomes that are only modestly higher; the median for these old hands hovers around $95K. The data in this summary comes from the PayScale salary survey.

$57,690 - $100,261
(Median)
$58K
$73K
$100K
MEDIAN: $73,478
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50%
90%

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$9.30 - $48.48
(Median)
$9
$26
$48
MEDIAN: $26.00
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50%
90%

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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$57,690 - $100,261  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $9,696  
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,946  
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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$57,236 - $104,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 173
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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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 - $9,696  
   
Profit Sharing
$503 - $7,946  
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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$57,236 - $104,874  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 2 Jul 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 13
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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 not commonly seen, Automotive Product Development Engineers who transition into a Design Engineering Manager position may see a rise in pay. The median salary for Design Engineering Managers is $102K per year. As Automotive Product Development Engineers progress in their field, many go on to become Senior Mechanical Engineers. In fact, this transition is more common than anything else, and pay for the position is usually $88K per year. Another common career choice for Automotive Product Development Engineers is to move into a Mechanical Engineer role. Typically, Mechanical Engineers get paid $63K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


General Motors Corporation offers the least money; the median income there is just $75K. The pay range is also pretty narrow, as compensation generally sits between $66K and $129K.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Survey results show that Automotive Product Development Engineers use a fair number of skills. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Project Management, Microsoft Excel, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that are correlated to lower pay, on the other hand, include Matlab and Microsoft Word. Most people who know Microsoft Excel also 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 26%

Experienced
up arrow 16%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Test Engineering
up arrow 6%

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

AutoCAD
0%

National Average
$75,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 2%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 5%

Matlab
up arrow 7%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 47 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
34%
5-9 years
26%
10-19 years
24%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 88% dental benefits Dental: 84%
vision benefits Vision: 70% employee benefits None: 9%
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