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Aerospace Engineer Salary Information

The salary statistics of aerospace engineers are shown in Table 1. In the next few tables we compare the average salaries of aerospace engineers within different industry sectors and in the 50 states of the United States. The aerospace engineers annual salary statistics are from the national compensation survey conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2017 and published in April 2018 [1].

Table 1. Aerospace Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$70,840
25th Percentile Wage
$88,240
50th Percentile Wage
$113,030
75th Percentile Wage
$140,420
90th Percentile Wage
$162,110

Table 1 shows the average annual salary for aerospace engineers. The average annual salary for the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) aerospace engineers is $162,110. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $113,030. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $70,840. It is noted that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 128% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2017)

The table and chart below show the trend of the median salary of aerospace engineers from 2012 to 2017.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth5-Year Growth
2017
$113,030
2.99% 8.24%
2016
$109,650
1.66% -
2015
$107,830
2.27% -
2014
$105,380
1.43% -
2013
$103,870
0.14% -
2012
$103,720
- -

Table 2. Aerospace Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of aerospace engineers in 10 major industry sectors are shown in Table 2. We note that the salaries vary considerably within different industry sectors. The highest paying industry sector for aerospace engineers occupations is the federal, state, and local government sector with an annual salary $117,690. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $82,130).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Federal, State, and Local Government
$117,690
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$113,210
Manufacturing
$112,760
Wholesale Trade
$112,440
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$112,060
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$105,040
Information
$98,530
Transportation and Warehousing
$94,820
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
$94,380
Educational Services
$82,130

Table 3. Median Annual Wage of Aerospace Engineers by States

From the above tables we note that not only aerospace engineers salaries vary considerably based on one's education and experience, and the industry sectors, they also change considerably from state to state. In the following table we compare the median salary of aerospace engineers in all 50 states of the United States. We note that the median annual salaries range from $60,450 to $141,880. The highest paying state for aerospace engineers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $141,880. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $60,450. For more salary information of aerospace engineers profession in a specific state, use the links in the table.

State Name Median Annual Salary
District of Columbia
$141,880
Virginia
$128,450
Maryland
$122,730
Idaho
$121,340
Colorado
$121,110
California
$119,930
Texas
$117,500
Louisiana
$117,080
New Mexico
$114,970
Georgia
$114,940
Massachusetts
$114,710
Ohio
$114,290
Alabama
$114,250
Hawaii
$113,410
New Jersey
$113,200
Connecticut
$113,010
Missouri
$111,950
Minnesota
$111,300
Iowa
$111,280
Kentucky
$110,900
Maine
$109,970
Washington
$107,440
New York
$106,980
Florida
$105,540
Mississippi
$102,970
Kansas
$102,000
Illinois
$101,490
Delaware
$101,150
Pennsylvania
$100,020
Utah
$97,560
Arizona
$97,170
New Hampshire
$96,960
North Carolina
$94,400
South Carolina
$93,650
Alaska
$92,810
Oregon
$92,750
Nebraska
$92,690
Indiana
$91,220
Michigan
$89,660
West Virginia
$88,480
Oklahoma
$88,030
Tennessee
$86,440
Nevada
$86,230
North Dakota
$84,100
Wisconsin
$79,540
Montana
$78,080
Arkansas
$68,510
Puerto Rico
$60,450



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