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Engineering Average Salaries in Ireland 2020

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

Average Yearly Salary
32,500 EUR
( 2,710 EUR monthly)


A person working in Engineering in Ireland typically earns around 32,500 EUR per year. Salaries range from 10,300 EUR (lowest average) to 68,700 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly 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 Engineer33,400 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician26,300 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer38,300 EUR
Associate Engineer30,300 EUR
Autocad Operator21,400 EUR
Automation Engineer37,600 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer34,100 EUR
Biochemical Engineer32,100 EUR
BMS Engineer33,200 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender20,000 EUR
Broadcast Engineer35,700 EUR
CAD Design Engineer36,200 EUR
CAD Designer22,100 EUR
CAE Engineer35,100 EUR
Ceramics Engineer31,400 EUR
Civil Engineer35,600 EUR
Commissioning Engineer35,300 EUR
Communications Engineer39,600 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer29,600 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer32,700 EUR
Control Systems Engineer35,400 EUR
Controls Engineer34,300 EUR
Controls Software Engineer31,900 EUR
Corrosion Engineer31,200 EUR
Design Engineer35,500 EUR
Drafter22,900 EUR
Drafting Manager42,200 EUR
Drilling Engineer33,900 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman18,200 EUR
Electrical Engineer38,500 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager50,500 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist37,700 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler18,500 EUR
Energy Engineer37,100 EUR
Engine Assembler16,600 EUR
Engineer37,300 EUR
Engineering Account Manager38,800 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer40,400 EUR
Engineering Consultant45,800 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager52,900 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician32,200 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager47,600 EUR
Engineering Production Manager60,400 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst40,200 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 40,500 EUR
Engineering Project Director68,700 EUR
Engineering Project Manager50,900 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager59,600 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator28,800 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager46,200 EUR
Engineering Technician28,200 EUR
Engineering Technologist27,500 EUR
Environmental Engineer34,700 EUR
Equipment Engineer32,500 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager47,100 EUR
Estimator30,900 EUR
Fabrication Specialist25,100 EUR
Fabricator16,200 EUR
Facade Engineer32,900 EUR
Fiber Analyst21,300 EUR
Field Engineer37,300 EUR
Field Engineering Manager60,800 EUR
Fire Engineer36,100 EUR
Fitter and Turner11,600 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner40,800 EUR
Generation Engineer37,200 EUR
Genetic Engineer38,800 EUR
Geological Engineer36,400 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer38,500 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic19,400 EUR
Highway Engineer36,200 EUR
HSE Professional33,700 EUR
HVAC Engineer38,800 EUR
HVAC Supervisor31,200 EUR
Industrial Engineer35,200 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist33,900 EUR
Instrument Engineer33,300 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer33,300 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer36,300 EUR
Instrumentation Manager33,600 EUR
Irrigation Engineer35,700 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer39,500 EUR
Locomotive Engineer35,200 EUR
Maintenance Engineer34,600 EUR
Maintenance Fitter12,700 EUR
Maintenance Manager35,200 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer35,600 EUR
Marine Engineer37,300 EUR
Materials Engineer33,100 EUR
Materials Researcher32,900 EUR
Materials Technician26,100 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer38,600 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer37,400 EUR
Mechanical Designer30,400 EUR
Mechanical Engineer36,100 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager47,700 EUR
Mechanical Inspector34,300 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer38,000 EUR
Mining Engineer33,600 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer37,400 EUR
Optical Engineer35,300 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler18,500 EUR
PCB Assembler12,500 EUR
Photonics Engineer38,900 EUR
Photonics Technician31,900 EUR
Pipeline Engineer33,500 EUR
Piping Designer19,900 EUR
Piping Engineer33,800 EUR
Planning Engineer36,100 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector16,200 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer36,600 EUR
Principal Engineer34,200 EUR
Principal Support Engineer34,300 EUR
Process Engineer34,000 EUR
Process Operator21,600 EUR
Product Development Engineer35,900 EUR
Product Development Technician26,300 EUR
Product Engineer36,100 EUR
Product Safety Engineer33,400 EUR
Production Engineer35,500 EUR
Project Engineer36,800 EUR
Proposal Manager45,800 EUR
Purchasing Engineer33,000 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer34,600 EUR
Rail Engineer35,300 EUR
Robotics Engineer39,300 EUR
Robotics Technician28,600 EUR
Safety Engineer35,200 EUR
Safety Inspector28,200 EUR
Safety Manager40,100 EUR
Safety Officer17,700 EUR
Sales Engineer39,400 EUR
Scheduling Engineer33,500 EUR
Service Engineer37,900 EUR
Solar Engineer36,500 EUR
Staff Engineer35,500 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer33,900 EUR
Stationary Engineer31,500 EUR
Stress Engineer31,900 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer33,800 EUR
Structural Designer30,100 EUR
Structural Engineer33,900 EUR
Structural Technician22,300 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist34,500 EUR
Surveyor27,100 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer18,300 EUR
Technical Assistant18,500 EUR
Technical Engineer30,700 EUR
Technical Support Engineer29,600 EUR
Tender Engineer32,500 EUR
Test Development Engineer33,500 EUR
Transportation Engineer33,500 EUR
Validation Engineer32,000 EUR
Verification Engineer34,100 EUR
Wastewater Engineer36,300 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer34,900 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager45,900 EUR
Work Planner24,100 EUR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Ireland

Median and salary distribution yearly Ireland Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Ireland range from 10,300 EUR per year (minimum average salary) to 68,700 EUR per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 30,500 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 30,500 EUR while the other half are earning more than 30,500 EUR. 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 18,400 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 18,400 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 46,600 EUR while 25% are earning more than 46,600 EUR.

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?

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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 Ireland costs anywhere from 16,000 Euro(s) to 48,100 Euro(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

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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 Ireland who work in Engineering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

33,200 EUR
31,600 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Ireland for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Ireland

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


Engineering professionals in Ireland are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 15 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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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.

Ireland / 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 Ireland is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Ireland for the year 2019. 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 Ireland

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Ireland 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.

50% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 5% 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 Ireland

16 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Ireland is 16 EUR. This means that the average person in Ireland earns approximately 16 EUR 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 yearly Ireland
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Cork36,400 EUR
Dublin38,100 EUR
Galway33,000 EUR
Limerick35,100 EUR
Waterford31,300 EUR

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 Ireland earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
37,600 EUR
Public Sector+5%
39,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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