Aerospace Engineer Salary

Aerospace Engineers in the United States take home approximately $83K per year on average. In the world of Aerospace Engineers, overall cash allowance can occasionally include more than $10K from bonuses and, in some exceptional cases, $20K from profit sharing, causing incomes to vary widely between $59K and $136K. The most important factor affecting compensation for this group is career duration, followed by the company and geography. For the most part, Aerospace Engineers enjoy their work and report high levels of job satisfaction. Medical benefits are awarded to almost all, and a fair number earn dental coverage. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

$60,019 - $130,575
$60K
$83K
$130K
MEDIAN: $83,334
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$17.77 - $71.85
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MEDIAN: $36.16
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$0$137K
Salary $60,019 - $130,575
Bonus $246.58 - $10,153
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $20,426
Commission $12,198
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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$59,654 - $137,144
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 2,382
Hourly Data $0$71
Hourly Rate $17.77 - $71.85
Hourly Tips $1.00
Overtime $22.50 - $68.16
Annual Data $0$137K
Bonus $246.58 - $10,153
Commission $12,198
Profit Sharing $198.66 - $20,426
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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$59,654 - $137,144
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 216

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Job Description for Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers design aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, and satellites. They receive proposals for projects and evaluate them for a variety of factors. Aerospace engineers can develop new technologies in these fields, designing new types of aerospace products. They must determine if the proposed project will be technically possible, financially possible, and safe. They will determine if the product meets the needs of the customer, can surpass environmental challenges, and can meet engineering principles. Once they have approved a project, they are in charge of coordinating the design and manufacturing of the product. They will also direct the final testing of the product and ensure that the project meets the proper quality standards. If there is a malfunction or damage in a product, they must identify the problem and any possible solutions.

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Aerospace Engineer Tasks

  • May conduct basic and applied research to evaluate adaptability of materials and equipment to aircraft design and manufacture.
  • May recommend improvements in testing equipment and techniques.
  • Perform a variety of engineering work in designing, constructing, and testing aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft.

Common Career Paths for Aerospace Engineer


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At the upper end, Aerospace Engineers who move into a Design Engineering Manager role can end up with a hefty increase in pay. The average income for Design Engineering Managers is a much higher $103K per year. Aerospace Engineers most frequently advance into Aviation and Aerospace Project Engineer and Aeronautical Engineer roles even though the median salaries are $3K lower and $10K lower, respectively.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Aerospace Engineer


Known for taking on a considerable number of Aerospace Engineers, The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Spacex, and Lockheed Martin Corp are leading firms in the industry. Although the highest salaries can be found at Aerospace Corporation, The where median pay is $105K, there is little variation in compensation; paychecks are spread only between $92K and $117K. Those in search of high salaries should also consider National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Spacex, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, top-paying firms where Aerospace Engineers rake in a whopping $101K, $92K, or $92K, respectively.

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) offers the smallest salaries in town — $67K on average — but the considerable range in workers' salaries (stretching from $47K to $99K) creates a rather varied pay scale. Other low-paying employers include Lockheed Martin Corp at $69K and Rolls-Royce North America, Inc. at $70K, though some Aerospace Engineers there earn up to $114K.

Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer


Aerospace Engineers seem to wield many skills on the job. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Systems Engineering, Technical Analysis, and Engineering Design are correlated to pay that is above average. At the other end of the pay range are skills like AutoCAD, SolidWorks, and autodesk autocad. Most people skilled in Engineering Design are similarly competent in Matlab, Systems Engineering, and Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Aerospace Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Aerospace Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Aerospace Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $72,000 based on 1,466 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Aerospace Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $90,000 based on 703 salaries. An experienced Aerospace Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $107,000 based on 440 salaries. An Aerospace Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $135,000 based on 284 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $84,679

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Home to some of the best pay for Aerospace Engineers, El Segundo offers exceptional salaries, 22 percent above the national average. Aerospace Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Pasadena (+20 percent), Houston (+10 percent), Denver (+10 percent), and Los Angeles (+6 percent). Aerospace Engineers in Wichita report much lower salaries than the rest of the country — 24 percent below the national average — proving that residence is a major factor in overall pay. Below-median salaries also turn up in Dallas and Stratford (17 percent lower and 11 percent lower, respectively).

Aerospace Engineer Reviews

Q: What is it like working as an Aerospace Engineer?

Aerospace Engineer in Calera:
"Aerospace Engineer."
Pros: The people I work with are very good people.
Cons: I can not operate all of the tools because of safety.

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Key Stats for Aerospace Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 295 votes.
Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%
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Experience Affects Aerospace Engineer Salaries

▲59%

▲26%

▲6%

National Average
$85,000

▼14%

Skills That Affect Aerospace Engineer Salaries




National Average
$85,000

Engineering Design
▼2%

▼5%





▼6%

▼7%

C++
▼7%


▼17%

▼17%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 295 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
13%
1-4 years
36%
5-9 years
23%
10-19 years
16%
20 years or more
12%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 90%
dental benefits
Dental: 78%
vision benefits
Vision: 69%
no benefits
None: 7%
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