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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 2016 and published in April 2017 [1].

Table 1. Aerospace Engineer Salary in the United States

Percentile BracketAverage Annual Salary
10th Percentile Wage
$69,150
25th Percentile Wage
$85,500
50th Percentile Wage
$109,650
75th Percentile Wage
$135,020
90th Percentile Wage
$160,290

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 $160,290. The median annual salary (50th percentile) is $109,650. The average annual salary for the bottom 10 percent is $69,150. We note that in the United States, the annual salary of the 90th percentile (the top 10 percent of the highest paid) is almost 131% higher than that of the bottom 10 percent.

Salary Trend (2012 to 2016)

The following table and chart show the trend of the median salary of aerospace engineers from 2012 to 2016.

YearMedian SalaryYearly Growth4-Year Growth
2016109,6501.66%5.41%
2015107,8302.27%-
2014105,3801.43%-
2013103,8700.14%-
2012103,720--

Table 2. Aerospace Engineer Salary by Industry Sector

The average salaries of aerospace engineers in 9 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 administrative and support and waste management and remediation services sector with an annual salary $120,050. The lowest paying sector is the educational services sector (annual salary $78,200).

Industry Sector Median Annual Salary
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services
$120,050
Wholesale Trade
$116,720
Federal, State, and Local Government
$114,950
Manufacturing
$109,410
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services
$106,750
Information
$102,020
Management of Companies and Enterprises
$101,700
Transportation and Warehousing
$90,780
Educational Services
$78,200

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 $59,960 to $135,120. The highest paying state for aerospace engineers is District of Columbia with a median annual salary of $135,120. The lowest paying state is Puerto Rico with a median annual salary of $59,960. 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
$135,120
Virginia
$126,530
Idaho
$121,340
Colorado
$119,870
Maryland
$119,790
California
$116,710
Georgia
$113,230
Alabama
$112,490
Minnesota
$112,270
Massachusetts
$112,240
Missouri
$111,950
New Jersey
$110,960
Texas
$110,840
Ohio
$110,010
Kentucky
$109,230
New Mexico
$109,060
Washington
$107,440
Connecticut
$107,190
Florida
$105,670
New York
$105,550
Louisiana
$105,220
Wisconsin
$101,860
Mississippi
$101,320
Illinois
$101,180
Pennsylvania
$100,920
Kansas
$99,090
North Carolina
$98,060
Nebraska
$96,830
Arizona
$94,900
South Carolina
$93,650
Michigan
$89,660
Tennessee
$87,390
Oklahoma
$84,370
North Dakota
$84,100
West Virginia
$83,340
Oregon
$82,810
Nevada
$82,380
Indiana
$80,770
Arkansas
$68,510
Puerto Rico
$59,960


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