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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||33,400 EUR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||26,300 EUR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||38,300 EUR|
|Associate Engineer||30,300 EUR|
|Autocad Operator||21,400 EUR|
|Automation Engineer||37,600 EUR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||34,100 EUR|
|Biochemical Engineer||32,100 EUR|
|BMS Engineer||33,200 EUR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||20,000 EUR|
|Broadcast Engineer||35,700 EUR|
|CAD Design Engineer||36,200 EUR|
|CAD Designer||22,100 EUR|
|CAE Engineer||35,100 EUR|
|Ceramics Engineer||31,400 EUR|
|Civil Engineer||35,600 EUR|
|Commissioning Engineer||35,300 EUR|
|Communications Engineer||39,600 EUR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||29,600 EUR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||32,700 EUR|
|Control Systems Engineer||35,400 EUR|
|Controls Engineer||34,300 EUR|
|Controls Software Engineer||31,900 EUR|
|Corrosion Engineer||31,200 EUR|
|Design Engineer||35,500 EUR|
|Drafting Manager||42,200 EUR|
|Drilling Engineer||33,900 EUR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||18,200 EUR|
|Electrical Engineer||38,500 EUR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||50,500 EUR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||37,700 EUR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||18,500 EUR|
|Energy Engineer||37,100 EUR|
|Engine Assembler||16,600 EUR|
|Engineering Account Manager||38,800 EUR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||40,400 EUR|
|Engineering Consultant||45,800 EUR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||52,900 EUR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||32,200 EUR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||47,600 EUR|
|Engineering Production Manager||60,400 EUR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||40,200 EUR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||40,500 EUR|
|Engineering Project Director||68,700 EUR|
|Engineering Project Manager||50,900 EUR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||59,600 EUR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||28,800 EUR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||46,200 EUR|
|Engineering Technician||28,200 EUR|
|Engineering Technologist||27,500 EUR|
|Environmental Engineer||34,700 EUR|
|Equipment Engineer||32,500 EUR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||47,100 EUR|
|Fabrication Specialist||25,100 EUR|
|Facade Engineer||32,900 EUR|
|Fiber Analyst||21,300 EUR|
|Field Engineer||37,300 EUR|
|Field Engineering Manager||60,800 EUR|
|Fire Engineer||36,100 EUR|
|Fitter and Turner||11,600 EUR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||40,800 EUR|
|Generation Engineer||37,200 EUR|
|Genetic Engineer||38,800 EUR|
|Geological Engineer||36,400 EUR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||38,500 EUR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||19,400 EUR|
|Highway Engineer||36,200 EUR|
|HSE Professional||33,700 EUR|
|HVAC Engineer||38,800 EUR|
|HVAC Supervisor||31,200 EUR|
|Industrial Engineer||35,200 EUR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||33,900 EUR|
|Instrument Engineer||33,300 EUR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||33,300 EUR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||36,300 EUR|
|Instrumentation Manager||33,600 EUR|
|Irrigation Engineer||35,700 EUR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||39,500 EUR|
|Locomotive Engineer||35,200 EUR|
|Maintenance Engineer||34,600 EUR|
|Maintenance Fitter||12,700 EUR|
|Maintenance Manager||35,200 EUR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||35,600 EUR|
|Marine Engineer||37,300 EUR|
|Materials Engineer||33,100 EUR|
|Materials Researcher||32,900 EUR|
|Materials Technician||26,100 EUR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||38,600 EUR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||37,400 EUR|
|Mechanical Designer||30,400 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineer||36,100 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||47,700 EUR|
|Mechanical Inspector||34,300 EUR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||38,000 EUR|
|Mining Engineer||33,600 EUR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||37,400 EUR|
|Optical Engineer||35,300 EUR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||18,500 EUR|
|PCB Assembler||12,500 EUR|
|Photonics Engineer||38,900 EUR|
|Photonics Technician||31,900 EUR|
|Pipeline Engineer||33,500 EUR|
|Piping Designer||19,900 EUR|
|Piping Engineer||33,800 EUR|
|Planning Engineer||36,100 EUR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||16,200 EUR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||36,600 EUR|
|Principal Engineer||34,200 EUR|
|Principal Support Engineer||34,300 EUR|
|Process Engineer||34,000 EUR|
|Process Operator||21,600 EUR|
|Product Development Engineer||35,900 EUR|
|Product Development Technician||26,300 EUR|
|Product Engineer||36,100 EUR|
|Product Safety Engineer||33,400 EUR|
|Production Engineer||35,500 EUR|
|Project Engineer||36,800 EUR|
|Proposal Manager||45,800 EUR|
|Purchasing Engineer||33,000 EUR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||34,600 EUR|
|Rail Engineer||35,300 EUR|
|Robotics Engineer||39,300 EUR|
|Robotics Technician||28,600 EUR|
|Safety Engineer||35,200 EUR|
|Safety Inspector||28,200 EUR|
|Safety Manager||40,100 EUR|
|Safety Officer||17,700 EUR|
|Sales Engineer||39,400 EUR|
|Scheduling Engineer||33,500 EUR|
|Service Engineer||37,900 EUR|
|Solar Engineer||36,500 EUR|
|Staff Engineer||35,500 EUR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||33,900 EUR|
|Stationary Engineer||31,500 EUR|
|Stress Engineer||31,900 EUR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||33,800 EUR|
|Structural Designer||30,100 EUR|
|Structural Engineer||33,900 EUR|
|Structural Technician||22,300 EUR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||34,500 EUR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||18,300 EUR|
|Technical Assistant||18,500 EUR|
|Technical Engineer||30,700 EUR|
|Technical Support Engineer||29,600 EUR|
|Tender Engineer||32,500 EUR|
|Test Development Engineer||33,500 EUR|
|Transportation Engineer||33,500 EUR|
|Validation Engineer||32,000 EUR|
|Verification Engineer||34,100 EUR|
|Wastewater Engineer||36,300 EUR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||34,900 EUR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||45,900 EUR|
|Work Planner||24,100 EUR|
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
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.