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Salaries for

Aerospace Engineer

Virginia Median
$66,000
National Median
$78,000
Median Income is the exact middle income earned by someone in a job or career field.

Aerospace Engineer

Aerospace engineers research, design, create, maintain, and test the performance of aircrafts, missiles, satellites, space vehicles, weapons systems, and the components of these crafts.

In a typical day, an aerospace engineer's duties might include:

  • Using scientific principles and computer-aided design programs to design aircraft, their components, and support devices
  • Supervising the assembly of airframes and installation of components including engines and instruments
  • Participating in flight-test programs to measure aircraft variables including take-off distances, rate of climb, and landing capabilities.

Salaries for

Aerospace Engineer

Virginia Median
$66,000
National Median
$78,000
Median Income is the exact middle income earned by someone in a job or career field.

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Top Pay by Location

These cities have the highest paying median for Aerospace Engineer
Seattle, WA
$85,000
Phoenix, AZ
$85,000
Cleveland, OH
$84,000
Irvine, CA
$81,000
Houston, TX
$80,000
Yardley, PA
$76,000
Los Angeles, CA
$76,000
Rancho Cucamonga, CA
$75,000
Salary information is calculated from job seeker profiles and job postings. Both hourly and yearly wages could be reported.

In a typical day, an aerospace engineer's duties might include:

  • Using scientific principles and computer-aided design programs to design aircraft, their components, and support devices
  • Supervising the assembly of airframes and installation of components including engines and instruments
  • Participating in flight-test programs to measure aircraft variables including take-off distances, rate of climb, and landing capabilities.

Insider Tips

Aerospace engineers typically command an average annual salary of $78,000. Salaries can rise significantly with experience. Entry-level aerospace engineers holding masters degrees or research qualifications are likely to make more than less qualified candidates new to the field. Large employers typically offer larger salaries to their aerospace engineers than smaller organizations.