Aerospace engineers

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Total Workforce

133k

Average Age

44.3

Estimated Job Growth

6.03%

10-year projection

Average Salary

$109,287

Average Male Salary

$110,584

Average Female Salary

$100,093

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Employment

Information on the businesses and industries that employ Aerospace engineers and on wages and locations for those in the field. Aircraft & parts manufacturing is the industry that employs the most Aerospace engineers, both by share and by number, though the highest paid industry for Aerospace engineers, by average wage, is Aircraft & parts manufacturing. Aerospace engineers are paid most in Snoqualmie City, Cottage Lake, Union Hill & Novelty Hill PUMA, WA but are relatively concentrated in Chatham County (East & Outside Savannah City) PUMA, GA.

Wages

Yearly Wage

$109,287

AVERAGE SALARY

± $3,684

In 2017, Aerospace engineers earned an average of $109,287, $57,222 more than than the average national salary of $52,065.

Software developers, applications & systems software make somewhat more than Aerospace engineers while Natural sciences managers make somewhat less. This chart shows the various occupations closest to Aerospace engineers as measured by average annual salary in the US.

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Wage Distribution

0.242

WAGE GINI

In 2017, Aerospace engineers had a wage GINI coefficient of 0.242, which is lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly for Aerospace engineers (shown in red) than for the overall labor force (shown in gray).

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Wage by Location

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Spatial Concentration

This map displays which Public Use Microdata Areas (PUMAs) in the United States have a relatively high population of Aerospace engineers.

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Industries

Most Common

The most common industries employing Aerospace engineers, by number of employees, are Aircraft & parts manufacturing, Aerospace products & parts manufacturing, and Architectural, engineering & related services.

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Industries by Share

133k

2017 Workforce

± 8,966

3.95%

1 YEAR GROWTH

± 9.23%

The number of people employed as Aerospace engineers has been growing at a rate of 3.95%, from 128,406 people in 2016 to 133,476 people in 2017.

This graphic shows the share of Aerospace engineers employed by various industries. Aircraft & parts manufacturing employs the largest share of Aerospace engineers at  76.4%, followed by Aerospace products & parts manufacturing with 9.51% and Architectural, engineering & related services with 4.1%.

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Diversity

Demographic information on Aerospace engineers in the US. The average age of male Aerospace engineers in the workforce is 44.8 and of female Aerospace engineers is 40.4, and the most common race/ethnicity for Aerospace engineers is White.

Gender Composition

117k

MALE WORKFORCE

± 8,394

16.5k

FEMALE WORKFORCE

± 3,153

87.6% of Aerospace engineers are Male, making them the more common gender in the occupation. This chart shows the gender breakdown of Aerospace engineers.

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Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity of Aerospace engineers

  1. White

  2. Asian

  3. Black

79.4% of Aerospace engineers are White, making that the most common race or ethnicity in the occupation. Representing 11.9% of Aerospace engineers, Asian is the second most common race or ethnicity in this occupation. This chart shows the racial and ethnic breakdown of Aerospace engineers.

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Age by Gender

44.8

AVERAGE MALE AGE

± 0.933

40.4

AVERAGE FEMALE AGE

± 2.29

The median age of Aerospace engineers is 44.3, and Male employees are generally 4.37 years older than than their Female counterparts.

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Education

Data on higher education choices for Aerospace engineers from The Department of Education and Census Bureau. The most common major for Aerospace engineers is Engineering but a relatively high number of Aerospace engineers hold a major in Engineering.

Majors

ACS PUMS data only shows the major for bachelor's degrees. However, we can filter the data based on highest degree obtained.

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Skills

Data on the critical and distinctive skills necessary for Aerospace engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Aerospace engineers need many skills, but most especially Science, Reading Comprehension, and Operations Analysis. The revealed comparative advantage (RCA) shows that Aerospace engineers need more than the average amount of Science, Technology Design, and Operations Analysis.

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Growth Projections

Projections on wages and job growth for Aerospace engineers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The ten-year national workforce is projected to grow 7.4%, but Aerospace engineers are expected to see a growth of 6.03% over the same period. This occupation is expected to grow slower than the national average.

Job Growth

6.03%

ESTIMATED GROWTH

7.4%

NATIONAL AVERAGE

This line chart shows the 10-year projected employment growth (from 2016 to 2026) for Aerospace engineers. This profession is expected to grow lower than 7.4%, the average rate of national job growth.

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