You've probably heard the expression, "It isn't rocket science," used to describe a task that should be easy to perform. But what does it pay when it is rocket science? According to "Aviation Week," entry-level aerospace engineers earned an average annual salary of $71,859 in 2012. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a 2012 median salary of $103,720. It may be a difficult one to enter, though, as the demand for aerospace engineers is expected to grow more slowly than the demand for other careers through 2022.
The Numbers Fueling Rocket Science
The specific industry in which an aerospace engineer works plays an important role in salary. Those working for the federal government in 2012 made the most, with a median annual wage of $110,860. Those working in scientific research and development were close behind with a median wage of $109,740. Those working in aerospace part manufacturing made the least at a median wage of $97,560. Location is also a factor. The highest-paid engineers of 2013 worked in Virginia, District of Columbia, Colorado, New Jersey and Maryland. The states with the most aerospace engineering jobs were California, Washington, Texas, Ohio and Florida.
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