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
Virginia $127,160
Maryland $126,060
California $122,960
Colorado $115,530
Texas $124,200
Hawaii $128,090
Massachusetts $119,010
Louisiana $117,860
New Jersey $114,270
Alabama $116,480
New York $117,470
Nebraska $99,290
Missouri $116,430
New Mexico $108,880
Georgia $114,380
Minnesota $116,360
Ohio $110,380
Iowa $107,290
Mississippi $109,980
Oregon $96,380
Illinois $109,890
Pennsylvania $105,070
Arizona $105,490
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 about the same as related careers in the United States. On average, they make less than product safety engineers but more than electrical engineers.

Career Median Salary
Product safety engineer salary $89K
Water engineer salary $88K
Computer systems engineer salary $65K
Software engineer salary $77K
Computer hardware engineer salary $78K
Aerospace engineer salary $80K
Nuclear engineer salary $77K
Chemical engineer salary $75K
Agricultural engineer salary $77K
Electrical engineer salary $72K

Source: CareerExplorer (Aggregated)