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Engineering Average Salaries in Iraq 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Iraq?

Average Monthly Salary
1,730,000 IQD
( 20,800,000 IQD yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Iraq typically earns around 1,730,000 IQD per month. Salaries range from 549,000 IQD (lowest average) to 3,660,000 IQD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer1,860,000 IQD
Assembly Engineering Technician1,470,000 IQD
Assistant Chief Engineer2,140,000 IQD
Associate Engineer1,700,000 IQD
Autocad Operator1,190,000 IQD
Automation Engineer2,080,000 IQD
Avionic System Support Engineer1,880,000 IQD
Biochemical Engineer1,840,000 IQD
BMS Engineer1,790,000 IQD
Bridge and Lock Tender1,020,000 IQD
Broadcast Engineer1,920,000 IQD
CAD Design Engineer1,910,000 IQD
CAD Designer1,160,000 IQD
CAE Engineer1,850,000 IQD
Ceramics Engineer1,750,000 IQD
Civil Engineer1,990,000 IQD
Commissioning Engineer1,890,000 IQD
Communications Engineer2,120,000 IQD
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,650,000 IQD
Contract Associate Engineer1,870,000 IQD
Control Systems Engineer1,810,000 IQD
Controls Engineer1,770,000 IQD
Controls Software Engineer1,630,000 IQD
Corrosion Engineer1,740,000 IQD
Design Engineer1,980,000 IQD
Drafter1,140,000 IQD
Drafting Manager2,100,000 IQD
Drilling Engineer1,880,000 IQD
Electrical Draughtsman979,000 IQD
Electrical Engineer2,140,000 IQD
Electrical Engineering Manager2,800,000 IQD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,990,000 IQD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler975,000 IQD
Energy Engineer2,010,000 IQD
Engine Assembler867,000 IQD
Engineer2,070,000 IQD
Engineering Account Manager2,060,000 IQD
Engineering Chief Designer2,230,000 IQD
Engineering Consultant2,630,000 IQD
Engineering Key Account Manager2,830,000 IQD
Engineering Lab Technician1,710,000 IQD
Engineering Planning Manager2,730,000 IQD
Engineering Production Manager3,460,000 IQD
Engineering Project Analyst2,130,000 IQD
Engineering Project Coordinator 2,140,000 IQD
Engineering Project Director3,950,000 IQD
Engineering Project Manager2,530,000 IQD
Engineering Research and Development Manager3,110,000 IQD
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,460,000 IQD
Engineering Sales Manager2,530,000 IQD
Engineering Technician1,400,000 IQD
Engineering Technologist1,450,000 IQD
Environmental Engineer1,920,000 IQD
Equipment Engineer1,800,000 IQD
Equipment Engineering Manager2,600,000 IQD
Estimator1,580,000 IQD
Fabrication Specialist1,290,000 IQD
Fabricator833,000 IQD
Facade Engineer1,750,000 IQD
Fiber Analyst1,080,000 IQD
Field Engineer2,060,000 IQD
Field Engineering Manager3,350,000 IQD
Fire Engineer1,990,000 IQD
Fitter and Turner637,000 IQD
Forestry Strategic Planner2,210,000 IQD
Generation Engineer1,990,000 IQD
Genetic Engineer2,040,000 IQD
Geological Engineer1,970,000 IQD
Geotechnical Engineer1,920,000 IQD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,020,000 IQD
Highway Engineer1,800,000 IQD
HSE Professional1,810,000 IQD
HVAC Engineer1,930,000 IQD
HVAC Supervisor1,660,000 IQD
Industrial Engineer1,750,000 IQD
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,740,000 IQD
Instrument Engineer1,870,000 IQD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,920,000 IQD
Instrumentation Engineer1,850,000 IQD
Instrumentation Manager1,930,000 IQD
Irrigation Engineer1,770,000 IQD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer2,060,000 IQD
Locomotive Engineer1,890,000 IQD
Maintenance Engineer1,720,000 IQD
Maintenance Fitter652,000 IQD
Maintenance Manager1,810,000 IQD
Manufacturing Engineer1,770,000 IQD
Marine Engineer1,850,000 IQD
Materials Engineer1,810,000 IQD
Materials Researcher1,740,000 IQD
Materials Technician1,440,000 IQD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer2,080,000 IQD
Mechanical Design Engineer1,930,000 IQD
Mechanical Designer1,560,000 IQD
Mechanical Engineer1,970,000 IQD
Mechanical Engineering Manager2,610,000 IQD
Mechanical Inspector1,800,000 IQD
Mechatronics Engineer2,000,000 IQD
Mining Engineer1,940,000 IQD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer2,040,000 IQD
Optical Engineer1,760,000 IQD
Optical Instrument Assembler919,000 IQD
PCB Assembler664,000 IQD
Photonics Engineer2,100,000 IQD
Photonics Technician1,720,000 IQD
Pipeline Engineer1,750,000 IQD
Piping Designer1,040,000 IQD
Piping Engineer1,760,000 IQD
Planning Engineer1,850,000 IQD
Pressure Vessel Inspector859,000 IQD
Principal Cost Engineer1,830,000 IQD
Principal Engineer1,920,000 IQD
Principal Support Engineer1,930,000 IQD
Process Engineer1,850,000 IQD
Process Operator1,080,000 IQD
Product Development Engineer1,950,000 IQD
Product Development Technician1,310,000 IQD
Product Engineer1,960,000 IQD
Product Safety Engineer1,760,000 IQD
Production Engineer1,820,000 IQD
Project Engineer2,000,000 IQD
Proposal Manager2,350,000 IQD
Purchasing Engineer1,780,000 IQD
Quality Assurance Engineer1,880,000 IQD
Rail Engineer1,910,000 IQD
Robotics Engineer2,190,000 IQD
Robotics Technician1,590,000 IQD
Safety Engineer1,900,000 IQD
Safety Inspector1,510,000 IQD
Safety Manager2,130,000 IQD
Safety Officer992,000 IQD
Sales Engineer2,050,000 IQD
Scheduling Engineer1,790,000 IQD
Service Engineer1,990,000 IQD
Solar Engineer2,050,000 IQD
Staff Engineer1,960,000 IQD
Static Equipment Engineer1,880,000 IQD
Stationary Engineer1,710,000 IQD
Stress Engineer1,740,000 IQD
Structural Analysis Engineer1,840,000 IQD
Structural Designer1,600,000 IQD
Structural Engineer1,840,000 IQD
Structural Technician1,210,000 IQD
Supply Chain Specialist1,820,000 IQD
Surveyor1,420,000 IQD
Technical Affairs Officer934,000 IQD
Technical Assistant943,000 IQD
Technical Engineer1,610,000 IQD
Technical Support Engineer1,650,000 IQD
Tender Engineer1,620,000 IQD
Test Development Engineer1,830,000 IQD
Transportation Engineer1,810,000 IQD
Validation Engineer1,680,000 IQD
Verification Engineer1,790,000 IQD
Wastewater Engineer1,890,000 IQD
Wind Energy Engineer2,000,000 IQD
Wind Energy Operations Manager2,620,000 IQD
Work Planner1,310,000 IQD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Iraq

Median and salary distribution monthly Iraq Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Iraq range from 549,000 IQD per month (minimum average salary) to 3,660,000 IQD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,800,000 IQD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,800,000 IQD while the other half are earning more than 1,800,000 IQD. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,060,000 IQD while 75% of them are earning more than 1,060,000 IQD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,840,000 IQD while 25% are earning more than 2,840,000 IQD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

Salary Comparison By Education
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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Iraq costs anywhere from 10,200,000 Iraqi Dinar(s) to 30,700,000 Iraqi Dinar(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Iraq Engineering
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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Iraq who work in Engineering earn 10% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,850,000 IQD
1,680,000 IQD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Iraq for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Iraq

How much are annual salary increments in Iraq for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Iraq are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 19 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 20 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Iraq Engineering
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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Iraq / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Iraq is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Iraq for the year 2021. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Iraq

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Iraq Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

49% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Iraq

9,980 IQD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Iraq is 9,980 IQD. This means that the average person in Iraq earns approximately 9,980 IQD for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Iraq
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Al-Basrah1,950,000 IQD
Al-Mawsil1,650,000 IQD
An-Najaf1,880,000 IQD
Baghdad2,020,000 IQD
Irbil1,800,000 IQD
Kirkuk1,730,000 IQD

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Iraq earn 15% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,920,000 IQD
Public Sector+15%
2,200,000 IQD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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