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 $77K per year. Workers with less than five years' experience earn around $74K on average, and those who have five to 10 years under their belts see a higher median salary of $79K. Experienced professionals — those with 10 to 20 years in the field — see salaries in the six-figure territory, securing around $100K on average. Individuals who report more than two decades of experience seem to make only slightly more than folks in the 10-to-20 year range; the more senior group sees median earnings in the comparatively modest ballpark of $107K. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
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.Read More...
They must have excellent computer skills. They must be able to use various software relevant to their job. They must work with software engineers to customize product development software. They must be proficient in Microsoft Office. They must be able to work independently with minimal supervision. They must also be able to work in a team environment.
Employers usually require that product development engineers (automotive) possess a bachelor’s degree in engineering, accompanied by commensurate experience in product design, product release, and product launch. They must have good interpersonal and presentation skills. They must have excellent oral and written communication skills. They must have the ability to work with component engineers, full service suppliers, program managers, and other staff. They must keep themselves up to date with various new technologies that are available in the marketplace, product trends, and customer preferences. They must attend various training classes and workshops as required by their employers. They must read relevant professional journals. They must be willing to train and coach new or more junior automotive product development engineers.
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
While Automotive Product Development Engineers do not often become Design Engineering Managers, the job pays $102K per year on average. 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 $89K per year. Another common career choice for Automotive Product Development Engineers is to move into a Mechanical Engineer role. Typically, Mechanical Engineers get paid $64K.
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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive
Although Ford Motor Company offers the highest salaries (median pay is $85K), survey participants reported a rather limited pay range of $65K to $110K.
Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive
Overall, survey participants reported applying a fair number of skills to their work. Most notably, skills in Test Engineering, Product Development, Project Management, and AutoCAD are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include Matlab, Windows Operating System General Use, and Microsoft Office. Those proficient in Microsoft Excel are, more often than not, also skilled 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.