How Much do Aerospace Engineers Make?

Do aerospace engineers make a lot of money? What is the average pay for aerospace engineers?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, aerospace engineers in the United States earn an average of $119,220 a year, equivalent to $57.32 an hour. Aerospace engineers make 123% more than the average American worker.

Aerospace engineers in Maryland are the best paid, making $135,400 a year, while aerospace engineers in Wisconsin make the least at $86,200.

  • Latest wage data is for May 2019
  • Pre-tax earnings; Wages only - does not include benefits
Aerospace Engineer Wages by Percentile
Percentile Hourly Annually
90th $80.11 $166,620
75th $69.97 $145,530
50th $56.01 $116,500
25th $43.86 $91,240
10th $34.83 $72,450
Aerospace Engineer Wages by State

In what states do aerospace engineers make the most? In what states do aerospace engineers make the least?

In the map below, green represents higher pay and red represents lower pay. Keep scrolling down to see a table with the average wages in each state.

State Hourly Annually
Alabama $57.64 $119,890
Arizona $53.92 $112,140
Arkansas $59.26 $123,250
California $60.09 $125,000
Colorado $60.13 $125,070
Connecticut $52.71 $109,630
Florida $51.92 $107,990
Georgia $54.17 $112,670
Hawaii $55.95 $116,370
Illinois $52.45 $109,090
Indiana $49.13 $102,190
Kansas $51.11 $106,300
Kentucky $46.16 $96,020
Louisiana $52.20 $108,570
Maryland $65.10 $135,400
Minnesota $54.61 $113,590
Mississippi $51.24 $106,570
Missouri $53.15 $110,560
Nebraska $57.29 $119,170
Nevada $46.62 $96,960
New Jersey $56.12 $116,740
New Mexico $49.25 $102,430
New York $57.75 $120,120
North Carolina $44.76 $93,110
Ohio $56.03 $116,540
Oklahoma $47.33 $98,450
Oregon $56.05 $116,580
Pennsylvania $54.25 $112,840
Tennessee $43.92 $91,340
Texas $60.93 $126,740
Utah $49.97 $103,930
Virginia $59.27 $123,290
West Virginia $42.72 $88,860
Wisconsin $41.44 $86,200
Metro Areas Where Aerospace Engineers Earn the Most
  • Data is for the entire metro area, not just the city
Metro Area Hourly Annually
Washington, DC $69.27 $144,090
San Jose, CA $67.10 $139,560
San Francisco, CA $65.01 $135,230
Omaha, NE $64.64 $134,460
Baltimore, MD $64.27 $133,690
Boulder, CO $62.93 $130,890
Los Angeles, CA $62.81 $130,640
Amarillo, TX $61.93 $128,810
Dallas, TX $61.88 $128,710
Houston, TX $61.77 $128,480
Aerospace Engineer Wages by Year
Year Hourly Annually
2019 $57.32 $119,220
2018 $56.30 $117,100
2017 $55.43 $115,300
2016 $53.85 $112,010
2015 $53.16 $110,570
2014 $51.78 $107,700
2013 $50.70 $105,450
2012 $50.39 $104,810
2011 $49.94 $103,870