Average Aerospace Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Aerospace Engineer is $82,814.
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$61k - $128k
$495 - $10k
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$204 - $18k
$4k - $53k
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$60k - $135k

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Job Description for Aerospace Engineer

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

Job Satisfaction for Aerospace Engineer

3.9 out of 5
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The top respondents for the job title Aerospace Engineer are from the companies The Boeing Company, Northrop Grumman Corporation and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Reported salaries are highest at National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) where the average pay is $100,140. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Spacex and Northrop Grumman Corporation, earning around $92,149 and $90,272, respectively. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) pays the lowest at around $68,268. Lockheed Martin Corp and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $75,666 and $80,000, respectively.

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Popular Skills for Aerospace Engineer

Skills in Engineering Design, Technical Analysis and Systems Engineering are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Microsoft Office and Matlab.

Pay by Experience Level for Aerospace Engineer

An entry-level Aerospace Engineer with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of $67,277 based on 682 salaries. An early career Aerospace Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $75,564 based on 1,828 salaries. A mid-career Aerospace Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $90,885 based on 1,076 salaries. An experienced Aerospace Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $107,698 based on 722 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $133,759.
Employees with Aerospace Engineer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 10.3% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (8.4% more) and Seattle, Washington (7.0% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (3.8% less) and San Diego, California (0.7% less).

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