Average Aerospace Engineer Salary

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The average salary for an Aerospace Engineer is $82,214.
MEDIAN $82,214
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$60k - $127k
$480 - $10k
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$203 - $15k
$4k - $55k
Total Pay
$59k - $133k

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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.
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 $98,347. Other companies that offer high salaries for this role include Northrop Grumman Corporation and Spacex, earning around $90,272 and $89,417, respectively. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) pays the lowest at around $67,210. Lockheed Martin Corp and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company also pay on the lower end of the scale, paying $74,304 and $82,328, 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 $66,892 based on 1,076 salaries. An early career Aerospace Engineer with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $74,823 based on 1,891 salaries. A mid-career Aerospace Engineer with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $89,844 based on 1,169 salaries. An experienced Aerospace Engineer with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of $106,340 based on 737 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of $132,156.
Employees with Aerospace Engineer in their job title in Washington, District of Columbia earn an average of 12.5% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Los Angeles, California (7.7% more) and Seattle, Washington (6.9% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Huntsville, Alabama (2.9% less).

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