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REVEALED: How much Tesla, Rivian, and Nikola pay their employees, from engineers to managers (TSLA)

REVEALED: How much Tesla, Rivian, and Nikola pay their employees, from engineers to managers (TSLA)

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A new generation of electric-vehicle startups is competing with Tesla for talent, in some cases recruiting employees away from the electric-car maker.

The US Office of Foreign Labor Certification requires companies to disclose compensation for permanent and temporary employees from outside the US to ensure the firms aren’t paying them less than the average wage earned by their peers. Business Insider analyzed salary data Tesla and upstarts like Rivian, Nikola, and Canoo shared with the US government to gain insight into the salaries they pay to stay competitive with their rivals.

The data is from 2020 and represents either an average or range among employees included in Tesla, Rivian, Nikola, and Canoo’s disclosures.

Here’s what some employees in the EV industry make each year.

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    Controls engineer: $125,724 Data scientist: $107,000 Equipment engineer: $99,188 Global supply manager: $122,244 Industrial engineer: $103,667 Integration engineer: $121,641 Lead senior controls engineer: $124,500 Manufacturing engineer: $111,863 Manufacturing-engineering manager: $166,425 Mechanical-design engineer: $107,125 Process engineer: $93,989 Product manager: $121,500 Quality engineer: $93,978 Senior applications engineer: $131,076 Senior compliance engineer: $126,000 Senior data engineer: $147,500 Senior electronic-design engineer: $133,651 Senior manufacturing engineer: $121,346 Senior mechanical-design engineer: $116,390 Senior process engineer: $121,895 Senior product manager: $118,949 Senior site-reliability engineer: $145,000 Senior software engineer: $148,001 to $165,000 Senior supplier-industrialization engineer: $119,645 Senior technical program manager: $125,487 Software engineer: $150,190 to $169,375 Senior application-support engineer: $130,000 Senior reliability engineer: $139,000 Staff test engineer: $149,344 Supplier industrialization engineer: $107,500 Technical program manager: $115,750

Tesla did not respond to a request for comment.


    CAD-design engineer: $95,000 Chassis engineer: $110,000 Controls engineer: $110,000 Design-release engineer: $113,650-$120,000 Manufacturing engineer: $91,500 Mechanical engineer: $105,000 Perception engineer: $152,500-$160,000 Purchasing manager: $135,000 Quality engineer: $76,667 Senior embedded engineer: $170,000 Senior financial analyst: $124,300 Senior software engineer: $151,500 Senior systems engineer: $176,667 Software engineer: $153,288 Supplier quality engineer: $87,000 Systems engineer: $134,013 Vehicle-controls engineer: $113,000 Vehicle crash-safety test engineer: $85,500

“Rivian salaries vary widely according to experience, geographic location, industry norms, and demand,” a Rivian spokesperson said. “We’re proud to compensate employees across locations and levels fairly, and to award equity to every member of our team.”


    CAE Engineer, crash safety: $95,000 Lead battery-module-design engineer: $118,000

Nikola declined a request for comment.


    Electrical engineer: $102,350-$135,000 Mechanical engineer: $124,800-$156,667

Canoo did not respond to a request for comment.