Average Salary for Tesla Motors Employees

Headquartered in San Carlos, Calif., Tesla Motors offers a range of employment opportunities in the automobile, from Mechanical Engineer to Manufacturing Engineer. The median income for Tesla Motors employees is $87K per year. For the most part, employee paychecks at Tesla Motors fluctuate depending on your experience level; where you live and your job title also matter, but to a lesser degree. This report is based on responses to the PayScale salary survey.

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Tesla Motors Median Salary by Job


Mechanical Engineer
40 profiles

Manufacturing Engineer
21 profiles

Industrial Engineer
15 profiles

United States (change)

Controls Engineer
14 profiles

Firmware Engineer
13 profiles

Senior Mechanical Engineer
12 profiles

Process Engineer
11 profiles

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  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 21 Nov 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 635
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About This Company

1050 Bing Street
San Carlos, California 94070




Source: Freebase

Years of Experience

Average pay is $97K annually for those with five to nine years of experience. The largest slice of the Tesla Motors workforce (41 percent) has been working for one to four years and earns, on average, around $84K per year.


When it comes to location, the highest average paycheck ($117K annually) can be spotted in Los Angeles, Calif.; Palo Alto, Calif. (approximately $102K), San Jose, Calif. ($93K), and Fremont, Calif. (about $90K) are the next top-paying cities. Sparks, Nev. is one of the lowest-paid cities, with earnings averaging approximately $80K. The highest pay by state can be found in Michigan, where salaries average out at $104K per year.


Earning $118K annually on average, Senior Mechanical Engineers receive the most money, followed by Controls Engineers (around $95K), Manufacturing Engineers ($87K), and Mechanical Engineers (about $86K). Mechanical Design Engineers at Tesla Motors do not see much in the way of financial compensation and represent one of the lower-paid positions ($83K on average) at the company.

Certifications and Degrees

Being a Certified Six Sigma Black Belt certainly has its perks — salaries approach about $150K per year and far exceed the paychecks of those without certification. Earning a Project Management Professional certification garners significant financial rewards of $143K annually on average. Tesla Motors workers who hold a Graduate Certificate, Automotive Technology are also well compensated, earning around $133K on average.


The highest-paying skill in this position seems to be Manufacturing Process Engineering; individuals who report it as part of the repertoire have a median income of $96K per year. A common skill in Tesla Motors' work force is Project Management; a little less than one-fifth of survey participants report using it on the job. Other top skills include Engineering Design, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft Office.

Benefits and Perks

A majority of survey participants participate in the company's 401(k) retirement savings plan. Nearly all employees report having health insurance, and most respondents report having dental coverage. Privileges also include a casual working environment, stock options, a stock purchase plan, free drinks, and a subsidized cell phone.

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Key Stats for Tesla Motors


24 %
76 %
$61,042 - $103,710
$62,514 - $110,723

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 58 votes.
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more
$72,367 - $116,758
$70,533 - $118,990
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (BSME)
$57,192 - $99,159
$30,639 - $93,564

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