Automotive Engineer Salary

Median pay for Automotive Engineers in the United States is around $74K per year. In the world of Automotive Engineers, total cash compensation can vary between $44K and $111K. Each package generally includes bonuses and profit sharing proceeds, and in exceptional cases, those amounts can reach heights of $15K and $12K, respectively. The most influential factor affecting pay for this group is experience level, though the particular city and the individual firm have a (lesser) impact as well. Among survey respondents, men are more common than women; 88 percent of Automotive Engineers are male. A fair number report receiving medical coverage from their employers and the larger part collect dental insurance. Job satisfaction is high and work is enjoyable for most Automotive Engineers. The information for this snapshot was generated by responses to the PayScale salary survey.
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$49,526 - $104,435
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$75K
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MEDIAN: $74,926
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$15.08 - $46.36
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MEDIAN: $28.55
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$0$115K
Salary $49,526 - $104,435
Bonus $-0.49 - $14,899
Profit Sharing $96.96 - $13,086
Commission $22,500
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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$48,605 - $115,998
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 222
Hourly Data $0$73
Hourly Rate $15.08 - $46.36
Overtime $10.30 - $73.08
Annual Data $0$115K
Bonus $-0.49 - $14,899
Commission $22,500
Profit Sharing $96.96 - $13,086
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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$48,605 - $115,998
  • Country: United States
  • Currency: USD
  • Updated: 20 Sep 2017
  • Individuals Reporting: 32

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Job Description for Automotive Engineer

An automotive engineer creates and improves mechanisms and designs within the automotive field. The automotive engineer may work for an original equipment manufacturer or for a company that manufactures cars. Much of the work is done on a computer with CAD software, so proficiency with design software is necessary. However, some of the work is hands-on, such as tests that are carried out to try out new technologies. The automotive engineer will often be tasked with coming up with designs relating to electrical components, electrical circuits, car software, and car bodies.

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Automotive Engineer Tasks

  • Writes technical reports, handbooks, and bulletins for use by staff or customers.
  • Estimates time and cost to complete automotive projects.
  • Plans and engineers the assembly of whole vehicles and individual parts.
  • Conducts research that tests and analyzes design, operation, and performance of components and systems.

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Popular Employer Salaries for Automotive Engineer


General Motors Corporation attracts talent by shelling out the biggest paychecks in the area — the median in that office is $105K.

While select Chrysler Group LLC. employees may bring in up to $102K, a median salary of only $79K — the lowest in the field — suggests a serious lag in the earnings department.

Popular Skills for Automotive Engineer


Automotive Engineers generally report applying a varied skill set to their work. Most notably, skills in Project Management, Microsoft Word, Engineering Design, and Microsoft Excel are correlated to pay that is above average, with boosts between 10 percent and 14 percent. Skills that seem to negatively impact pay include AutoCAD and autodesk autocad. Those educated in Engineering Design tend to be well versed in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Office. Most people familiar with Project Management also know Microsoft Office.

Pay by Experience Level for Automotive Engineer

Pay by Experience for an Automotive Engineer has a positive trend. An entry-level Automotive Engineer with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $70,000 based on 186 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. An Automotive Engineer with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $79,000 based on 62 salaries. An experienced Automotive Engineer which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $95,000 based on 49 salaries. An Automotive Engineer with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $106,000 based on 32 salaries.

Pay Difference by Location

National Average: $75,767

Larger city markers indicate a job is popular in that location.

Home to some of the best pay for Automotive Engineers, Dearborn offers exceptional salaries, 23 percent above the national average. Automotive Engineers will also find cushy salaries in Michigan Center (+21 percent), Auburn Hills (+19 percent), Warren (+19 percent), and Detroit (+10 percent). Automotive Engineers in Kalamazoo earn salaries far below the national average by 22 percent, proving that geography overwhelmingly affects the pay scale for those in this field. Two other places where employers offer below-median salaries are Dallas (19 percent less) and New York (16 percent less).

Automotive Engineer Reviews

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

Automotive Engineer in Warren:
Pros: Pay.
Cons: Does not utilize most of my education.

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Key Stats for Automotive Engineer

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.
Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%
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Experience Affects Automotive Engineer Salaries

▲40%

▲25%

▲4%

National Average
$76,000

▼8%

Skills That Affect Automotive Engineer Salaries





Microsoft Office
▼0%

National Average
$76,000

▼2%


▼14%

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 27 votes.

Gender

Female
10 %
Male
90 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
14%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
19%
10-19 years
15%
20 years or more
11%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 81%
dental benefits
Dental: 68%
vision benefits
Vision: 54%
no benefits
None: 14%
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