Salary for Aerospace Engineers

Also known as:  Aerodynamics Engineer, Aeronautical Engineer, Aerospace Engineer, Aircraft Design Engineer, Aircraft Designer, Aircraft Engineer, Astronautical Engineer, Flight Systems Test Engineer, Flight Test Engineer, Wind Tunnel Engineer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our talent cluster and get scouted today!

The design of aircraft, missiles, and spacecraft is the responsibility of aerospace engineers. These professionals rigorously test their design concepts, and may direct teams of engineering and technical personnel in the construction of airborne devices. They require a strong knowledge of mathematics, the ability to apply engineering concepts in the field, and strong computer science skills. Most professionals in this field have obtained their Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline, and several also have their Master's degree.

An Aerospace Engineer will normally get an average pay level between 72000 to 108000 based on seniority. Aerospace Engineers will normally receive a salary of Ninety Seven Thousand Seven Hundred dollars per year.

Aerospace Engineers are paid at the highest level in Maryland, where they receive average wages of approximating $115310. Employees who work in this job receive the highest compensation in Management of Companies and Enterprises, where they get wages of $115320.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 21.40 percent nationwide in that time.


Aerospace Engineers tend to make the most in the following industries:

Wholesale Trade
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Other Services (except Public Administration)

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Transportation and Warehousing
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services