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Top paid engineering jobs in the UK

The UK is a hub for engineers thanks to centuries of excellence in the sector. We’ve taken a look at the top paid engineering jobs in the UK beginning with those that are great for graduates, and ending with those that give the best salaries for chartered engineers.
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General UK wages

The wage range for the industry in the UK begins at around £18,000 for graduate engineers taken on by a modestly sized regional engineering firm. Graduates who are lucky enough to get into a position with a global oil firm can expect to earn something like £33,000 for the same job. UK earnings for incorporated and chartered engineers are something like £43,000 and £55,000 respectively, although there are so many different engineering grades within the industry which make a huge variation in the salaries paid to engineers.

Graduate wages

A graduate with AECOM can expect to earn anywhere between £23,000 and £26,000. At the other end of the scale, a graduate with Unilever who’s part of the Unilever Future Leaders Programme will take home £30,000 per year. Most industries pay around £25,000 for their graduates.

Chartered engineers wages

In the UK the average wage for chartered engineers is £63,000, although around 14% of these guys earn more than £100,000 from their jobs. Overtime and commissions add an average of £6,000 to each worker’s pay packet.

Incorporated engineers

These engineers don’t earn as well as chartered engineers as the median in this sector is £45,500. When you average out the wages of workers within the top 10%, you get an average wage of £76,316. Bonuses are also lower in this sector as incorporated engineers only take home £5,000 from overtime and bonuses.

Qualifications

Research shows that getting better educated will lead to more money. Graduate level engineers can expect £56,000 whilst those with a post graduate degree earn an average of £62,000 as an engineer.

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