Aeronautical engineers design and develop various types of aircraft, as well as technologies to be used in aircraft such as navigation systems, instrumentation, communication, propulsion systems and more. Starting salaries are reasonably high, and these engineers can rapidly make more money with a few years of experience.
According to the PayScale salary survey website, the starting median salary in 2009 for aeronautical engineers was about £37,050, with an increase to £46,150 yearly after five years experience.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics includes alone astronautical engineers with aeronautical engineers in its salary figures, in the category of aerospace engineers. Average salary was about £29 an hour in 2008, or nearly £61,100.
The BLS shows that in 2007, the starting salary for aerospace engineers with a bachelor's degree was about £34,450; those with a master's degree, £40,300; and £48,100 yearly for those who have a doctorate degree.
Only the bottom 10 per cent of aerospace engineers in 2008 were earning under £37,700, which may reflect starting salaries. The top 10 per cent were making over £87,100, and the middle 50 per cent had salaries between £46,800 and £74,100.
PayScale shows that 90 per cent of aeronautical engineers are men, who are paid about 12 per cent more than women in the field.