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Aerospace engineer Average UK Salary & Prospects

Aerospace engineers design, build and maintain planes, spacecraft and satellites.

  • Formulate mathematical models or other methods of computer analysis to develop, evaluate, or modify design, according to customer engineering requirements.  
  • Plan or conduct experimental, environmental, operational, or stress tests on models or prototypes of aircraft or aerospace systems or equipment.  
  • Formulate conceptual design of aeronautical or aerospace
Read more about Aerospace engineer

Aerospace engineers typically work around 39 to 41 hours per week.

As a Aerospace engineer you will typically work evenings / weekends.

This occupation tends to be:

  • Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.
  • Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and
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    * from ONETonline
    Average salary
    44,407 GBP *
    per year
    20,000 GBP
    60,000 GBP
    5+ Experience
    * data taken from the Office of National Statistics (
    Average salary for Aerospace engineer

    Men make 13% more than Women
    86% of Aerospace engineers are men
    • 45,152 GBP
    • 39,324 GBP
    Average salary for part-time Aerospace engineer
    Average salary for full-time Aerospace engineer

    • 23,709 GBP
    • 22,815 GBP
    • 44,407 GBP
    • 39,324 GBP
    • 45,152 GBP
    Pay over time for Aerospace engineer

    Pay for this role has increased over time
    • 42,396 GBP
    • 42,382 GBP
    • 42,534 GBP
    • 43,712 GBP
    • 45,725 GBP
    • 44,407 GBP

    Future outlook for Aerospace engineers

    Very good outlook
    168 000+ jobs available
    Balanced outlook
    1% yearly wage growth (on average)
    Very good outlook
    29% chance of automation in the future

    Aerospace engineer - Your future job?

    Which qualifications do I need?

    Find out what you need to know in order to become a Aerospace engineer and the highest average level of education for people in this role.

    In terms of people already doing this job:

    • 59% of people in this role have a Bachelor's degree
    • 33% of people in this role have a Master's degree
    • 8% of people in this role have a Diploma of Higher Education or equivalent

    You can do a higher national certificate (HNC) or diploma (HND) in engineering before applying for a job with an aerospace company. Subjects include:

    • Level 4 HNC Diploma in Mechanical Engineering
    • Level 5 HND Diploma in Aeronautical Engineering
    • Level 5 HND Diploma in Electrical Engineering

    Get the right qualification to begin your journey to becoming a Aerospace engineer


    What soft skills do I need?

    Rise above the competition by brushing up on the 5 most important soft skills you need to become a Aerospace engineer.
    Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
    Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents
    Science Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems
    Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times
    Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions

    What technical skills do I need?

    Technical skills are programmes, softwares and things you need to know in order to be a successful Aerospace engineer. Check that you know:
    Analytical or scientific software The MathWorks MATLAB
    Computer aided design CAD software
    Development environment software Ada; C; Microsoft Visual Basic
    Object or component oriented development software C++
    Operating system software Hewlett-Packard HP OpenVMS; Linux
    Improve your skills today


    Things to highlight for your Aerospace engineer interview

    Attention to Detail Job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks. Analytical Thinking Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems. Dependability Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations. Adaptability/Flexibility Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace. Initiative Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.

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