According to the BLS, manufacturers of aerospace products and parts are the biggest employers of aerospace engineers. They employ a third of all positions and pay average salaries of $96,740 per year or $46.51 per hour. Scientific research and development services are next, with almost 15 percent of the jobs, with averages at $109,740 per year or $52.76 per hour. The highest-paying aerospace engineer salaries are in management, scientific and technical consulting services, where average salaries reach $115,780 per year or $55.66 per hour. Wholesalers of machinery, equipment and supplies are next, with mean wages of $115,290 per year or $55.43 per hour.
In May 2014, the median aerospace engineer salary in the top industries in which they worked were as follows:
Federal government, excluding postal service - $113,550
Navigational, measuring, electro-medical, and control instruments manufacturing - $111,660
Research and development in the physical, engineering, and life sciences - $107,490
Engineering services - $103,450
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing - $102,430