Aerospace engineers do some very, very cool work. They design mainly spacecraft, aircraft, missiles, satellites, as well as evaluate proposed projects for their feasibility, their safety, acceptance criteria, and that they meet quality standards. Sectors that employ aerospace engineers range from manufacturing to R&D to the federal government and beyond. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Outlook Handbook, the employment of aerospace engineers is expected to grow 8% from 2020 to 2030, which is about the same rate of growth as the average for all occupations.
According to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Occupational Employment Statistics, as of 2020, the average income of aerospace engineers is $121,110, more than double the national average for all occupations, $56,310. However, aerospace engineer salaries aren’t this high in every state. Depending on where you live, your income as an aerospace engineer will vary. Fortunately, however, across all states, the average aerospace engineer salary is significantly better than the national average pay for all other occupations. Below you’ll find the full breakdown below of where aerospace engineers’ incomes are the lowest, and where their incomes are the highest.
10 States Where Aerospace Engineers Earn the Most Money
The states with the highest aerospace engineer salaries are an interesting bunch geographically speaking. The top two states are in the upper South — Maryland and Virginia — followed by western states, and states from the Midwest, Deep South, and New England.
Here’s a list of the top 10 states in order of average incomes for aerospace engineers:
10 States Where Aerospace Engineers Earn the Least Money
The bottom 10 states where the average aerospace engineer salary is not great are a mix of states from the South, northern Pacific, and Midwest. The average aerospace engineer salary in the lowest-paying state is nearly $29,000 less than the national average aerospace engineer salary.
Here’s a list of the bottom 10 states in order of average incomes for aerospace engineers:
How Much Aerospace engineers Earn in All 50 States
Here’s a look at average aerospace engineer salaries by state. The BLS does not have annual mean wage data available for 17 states from 2020, the latest year of BLS data, either because there are no aerospace engineer jobs or because data wasn’t available.