Aerospace engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Aerospace engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
District of Columbia $145,160
California $122,960
Virginia $127,160
Maryland $126,060
Colorado $115,530
Texas $124,200
Hawaii $128,090
Massachusetts $119,010
Louisiana $117,860
New Jersey $114,270
New York $117,470
Nebraska $99,290
Missouri $116,430
New Mexico $108,880
Georgia $114,380
Minnesota $116,360
Alaska $116,440
Arizona $105,490
Ohio $110,380
Alabama $103,422
Iowa $107,290
Mississippi $109,980
Oregon $96,380
Illinois $109,890
Pennsylvania $105,070
Connecticut $100,170
Kansas $102,880
Florida $107,810
Utah $102,070
North Carolina $98,900
Kentucky $102,980
Indiana $93,040
Oklahoma $90,620
Montana $86,210
Nevada $88,150
West Virginia $90,900
Tennessee $86,920
Wisconsin $81,010

How much does an Aerospace Engineer earn?

According to the BLS, manufacturers of aerospace products and parts are the biggest employers of aerospace engineers. They employ a third of all positions and pay average salaries of $96,740 per year or $46.51 per hour. Scientific research and development services are next, with almost 15 percent of the jobs, with averages at $109,740 per year or $52.76 per hour. The highest-paying aerospace engineer salaries are in management, scientific and technical consulting services, where average salaries reach $115,780 per year or $55.66 per hour. Wholesalers of machinery, equipment and supplies are next, with mean wages of $115,290 per year or $55.43 per hour.

In May 2014, the median aerospace engineer salary in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:

Federal government, excluding postal service - $113,550
Navigational, measuring, electro-medical, and control instruments manufacturing - $111,660
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences - $107,490
Engineering services - $103,450
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - $102,430

How do aerospace engineer salaries compare to similar careers?

Aerospace engineers earn 7% more than similar careers in the United States. On average, they make more than robotics engineers.

Career Median Salary
Aerospace engineer salary $115K
Computer hardware engineer salary $115K
Chemical engineer salary $105K
Biochemical engineer salary $97K
Robotics engineer salary $97K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)