Aerospace engineer earnings by seniority

Approximate values based on highest and lowest earning segments.

Aerospace engineer salary by state

State Name Average Salary
Virginia $126,530
Colorado $119,870
District of Columbia $135,120
Maryland $119,790
California $116,710
Alabama $112,490
Massachusetts $112,240
New Jersey $110,960
New Mexico $109,060
Texas $110,840
Georgia $113,230
Ohio $110,010
Iowa $108,720
Minnesota $112,270
Connecticut $107,190
New York $105,550
Illinois $101,180
Delaware $101,150
Kentucky $109,230
Florida $105,670
Nebraska $96,830
Oregon $82,810
Mississippi $101,320
Kansas $99,090
Pennsylvania $100,920
North Carolina $98,060
Arizona $94,900
New Hampshire $96,960
Montana $78,080
Utah $92,880
Michigan $89,660
West Virginia $83,340
Nevada $82,380
Oklahoma $84,370
Tennessee $87,390
Indiana $80,770
Puerto Rico $59,960

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 Indiana. On average, they make less than chemical engineers but more than electrical engineers.

Career Median Salary
Chemical engineer salary $88K
Aerospace engineer salary $81K
Computer hardware engineer salary $78K
Software engineer salary $78K
Product safety engineer salary $76K
Electrical engineer salary $76K