Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salary

The national average salary for Automotive Product Development Engineers is $73K annually; by contrast, highly experienced professionals enjoy a significantly higher average pay rate, around $94K. Salaries for inexperienced workers average out to $76K, and those with five to 10 years' experience earn a higher median of $69K. On average, Automotive Product Development Engineers make $86K following one to two decades on the job. Automotive Product Development Engineers who have stuck around for more than two decades see earnings that are only slightly higher than those of folks who have worked for 10 to 20 years; the more senior group makes around $94K on average. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.

$56,677 - $98,070
(Median)
$57K
$73K
$98K
MEDIAN: $73,231
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$13.70 - $46.23
(Median)
$14
$34
$46
MEDIAN: $34.00
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National Salary Data (?
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Salary
$56,677 - $98,070  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,162  
Profit Sharing
$309.13 - $9,635  
Total Pay (?
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$57,367 - $102,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 198
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$0$25$50$75
Hourly Rate
$13.70 - $46.23  
   
Overtime
$17.50 - $72.89  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Bonus
$0.00 - $8,162  
   
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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$57,367 - $102,078  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 31 Mar 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 16

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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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Though not the most common occurrence, Automotive Product Development Engineers sometimes become Design Engineering Managers, where the average income is $102K per year. The most common career progression for Automotive Product Development Engineers leads to becoming a Senior Mechanical Engineer, where average pay is $88K annually. However, many Automotive Product Development Engineers also opt to become Mechanical Engineers. Typically, a Mechanical Engineer brings home $62K.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


General Motors Corporation offers the lowest pay, with a median salary of just $75K. The pay scale doesn't vary widely, either; compensation ranges from $66K to $129K.

Popular Skills for Product Development Engineer, Automotive


Automotive Product Development Engineers report using a diverse set of skills on the job. 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, Microsoft Word, and AutoCAD. The majority of those 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
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Experienced
up arrow 14%


National Average
$75,000


Skills That Affect Product Development Engineer, Automotive Salaries

Microsoft Excel
up arrow 1%

Project Management
up arrow 1%

National Average
$75,000

Engineering Design
up arrow 1%

Windows Operating System General Use
up arrow 2%

Microsoft Office
up arrow 3%

AutoCAD
up arrow 3%

Microsoft Word
up arrow 6%

Matlab
up arrow 8%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 64 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
4%
1-4 years
30%
5-9 years
25%
10-19 years
28%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 87% dental benefits Dental: 81%
vision benefits Vision: 66% employee benefits None: 11%