Salary for Automotive Engineers

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Also known as:  Auto Research Engineer, Combustion Engineer, Engine Designer, Heating and Cooling Systems Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Tool and Die Engineer, Tool Engineer helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Individuals employed as automotive engineers use computer-assisted design technology to develop new and improved vehicle system and subsystem designs. Automotive engineers serve supervisory and directorial functions in the construction, modification and testing phase for the products which they have designed. They may also create testing equipment and procedures, or develop project cost estimates. Significant technical knowledge and familiarity with computer-assisted design technology are required for this occupation.

A Automotive Engineer will usually earn a compensation of around $58,410 to $141,060 based on education and experience. get salaries of ninety-five thousand five hundred and sixty dollars annually.

obtain the highest salaries in New Mexico, where they can earn compensation, on average, of close to about $117,180. People with this job title are paid most highly in Finance and Insurance, which has normal pay levels of $115,800.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 39.26 percent nationwide in that time.


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

Finance and Insurance
Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction
Public Administration
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Educational Services
Accommodation and Food Services
Health Care and Social Assistance
Retail Trade
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Other Services (except Public Administration)