Earnings for Stress Analysts in the United States come in at around $75K annually on average. Experience level is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by geography. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 87 percent of Stress Analysts are male. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. Medical benefits are awarded to a strong majority, and a fair number earn dental coverage. The numbers in this rundown were provided by PayScale's salary survey participants.

$60,395 - $132,124
MEDIAN: $74,962

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$61,258 - $135,931  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 28 Oct 2016 | Individuals Reporting: 53

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Job Description for Stress Analyst

The stress analyst is responsible for developing thermal analytical models to support the design of the thermal control system and its structural elements. They are responsible for gauging stress and giving their team the information and analysis it needs to move forward. An ideal candidate for this position has a strong working knowledge of standard stress analysis methodology and analytical tools (including strength and fracture mechanics) and experience in design verification disciplines. Stress analysts should also be experienced in designing and developing plumbing and tubing design, as well as have extensive familiarity with stress analysis tools and techniques for thermal fluid delivery systems. They need to work well under pressure and deliver results promptly and efficiently.


Stress Analyst Tasks

  • Know and understand regulatory requirements and customers specifications.
  • Generate finite element models or rigid body analysis.
  • Understand engineering drawing systems.
  • Review all relevant technical specifications for the project.
  • Prepare structural substantiation documents which include stress analysis, static test plans, static test results, and more.

Common Career Paths for Stress Analyst

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Stress Analysts who transition into an upper level Aerospace Engineer position will not necessarily make much more than they do in their current role. The average Aerospace Engineer makes $77K a year.

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Pay by Experience Level for Stress Analyst

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.

For many Stress Analysts, experience and pay levels seem to be correlated; more years in the business generally lead to more money. In this position, someone who has worked for fewer than five years can expect a median salary of $71K. The median for people with five to 10 years of experience is only a little bit higher at $79K. Professionals who spend a good 10 to 20 years in the workforce haul in an average of $111K. Survey participants who have worked for more than two decades report bringing in $136K on average.

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Skills That Affect Stress Analyst Salaries

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Job Satisfaction

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


13 %
87 %

Years of Experience

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Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 74%
dental benefits
Dental: 79%
medical benefits
Vision: 76%
dental benefits
None: 8%