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Civil Engineer Average Salary in Italy 2020

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in Italy?

Average Monthly Salary
3,360 EUR
( 40,300 EUR yearly)


A person working as a Civil Engineer in Italy typically earns around 3,360 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,750 EUR (lowest) to 5,140 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in Italy

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in Italy range from 1,750 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 5,140 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 3,230 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,230 EUR while the other half are earning more than 3,230 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 Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 2,240 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 2,240 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,020 EUR while 25% are earning more than 4,020 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

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,990 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 2,660 EUR per month, 34% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 3,460 EUR per month, 30% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 4,190 EUR per month, 21% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 4,580 EUR per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 4,820 EUR per month, 5% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in Italy

0 - 2 Years
1,990 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
2,660 EUR
5 - 10 Years+30%
3,460 EUR
10 - 15 Years+21%
4,190 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
4,580 EUR
20+ Years+5%
4,820 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 2,800 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 3,890 EUR per month, 39% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in Italy

Bachelor's Degree
2,800 EUR
Master's Degree+39%
3,890 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 Italy costs anywhere from 18,400 Euro(s) to 55,200 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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

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Civil Engineer 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 Civil Engineer employees in Italy earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

3,260 EUR
3,480 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Italy for all Careers

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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Italy

How much are annual salary increments in Italy for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer(s) in Italy are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 20 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 17 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.

Italy / All Professions

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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 Italy is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Italy 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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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Italy

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Italy Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

71% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 29% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Civil Engineer employees in Italy earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
3,570 EUR
Public Sector+5%
3,770 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Italy

How are Civil Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

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Average Salary 2016
2,980 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
3,090 EUR
Average Salary 2018+2%
3,150 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
3,240 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer salaries in Italy are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continuous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers may vary from industry to another.

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Italy

19 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Italy is 19 EUR. This means that the average Civil Engineer in Italy earns approximately 19 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.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Italy
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 29% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 29% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator2,400 EUR-29%
Assembler2,260 EUR-33%
Boat Builder and Shipwright2,500 EUR-26%
Bricklayer1,870 EUR-44%
Building Administrator2,540 EUR-24%
Building Contracts Manager4,240 EUR+26%
Building Inspector2,860 EUR-15%
Building Monitor1,930 EUR-43%
Building Sales Manager4,160 EUR+24%
Cabinetmaker2,220 EUR-34%
Carpenter2,370 EUR-29%
Civil Engineer3,360 EUR=
Civil Technician2,750 EUR-18%
Concreter2,440 EUR-27%
Construction and Maintenance Manager2,980 EUR-11%
Construction Assistant2,640 EUR-21%
Construction Coordinator2,980 EUR-11%
Construction Estimator3,140 EUR-7%
Construction Field Engineer3,500 EUR+4%
Construction General Manager3,620 EUR+8%
Construction Inventory Officer2,000 EUR-40%
Construction Operations Manager3,670 EUR+9%
Construction Project Coordinator3,630 EUR+8%
Construction Project Engineer3,420 EUR+2%
Construction Project Manager4,430 EUR+32%
Construction Project Planner3,400 EUR+1%
Construction Quality Control Manager3,820 EUR+14%
Construction Safety Officer3,080 EUR-8%
Construction Superintendent3,400 EUR+1%
Construction Supervisor3,770 EUR+12%
Construction Technical Assistant2,450 EUR-27%
Construction Technical Officer2,440 EUR-27%
Construction Technical Writer2,450 EUR-27%
Construction Technician2,070 EUR-38%
Crane and Tower Operator2,290 EUR-32%
Diesel Mechanic2,020 EUR-40%
Drywall Installer2,160 EUR-36%
Electrical Draftsman2,030 EUR-40%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor3,640 EUR+8%
Electrical Engineering Technician2,720 EUR-19%
Electrician3,120 EUR-7%
Elevator Installer and Repairer2,500 EUR-26%
Engineer3,530 EUR+5%
Excavator Operator2,540 EUR-24%
Floor Finisher2,770 EUR-18%
Floor Manager3,040 EUR-10%
Foreman1,850 EUR-45%
Frame and Truss Detailer1,960 EUR-42%
Furniture Finisher1,810 EUR-46%
Gas Technician 1,960 EUR-42%
Handyman1,870 EUR-44%
Health and Safety Coordinator2,610 EUR-22%
Health and Safety Officer2,300 EUR-32%
Installation Manager3,550 EUR+6%
Installer2,130 EUR-37%
Insulation Installer2,060 EUR-39%
Labourer1,610 EUR-52%
Land Surveyor2,330 EUR-31%
Lift Technician1,870 EUR-44%
Material Tester2,380 EUR-29%
Model Maker2,360 EUR-30%
Order Picker1,970 EUR-41%
Painter2,020 EUR-40%
Pipe Layer1,760 EUR-48%
Pipefitter1,810 EUR-46%
Plumber2,100 EUR-38%
Property Coordinator3,500 EUR+4%
Purchasing Manager3,840 EUR+14%
Quantity Surveyor3,240 EUR-4%
Roof Slater and Tiler2,250 EUR-33%
Sheet Metal Mechanic2,550 EUR-24%
Site Clerk2,210 EUR-34%
Site engineer3,290 EUR-2%
Site Leader3,740 EUR+11%
Stock Controller2,750 EUR-18%
Structural Steel Construction Worker2,480 EUR-26%
Technical Draughtsman2,360 EUR-30%
Tendering Manager4,070 EUR+21%
Tower Crane Operator1,860 EUR-45%
Wall and Floor Tiler2,000 EUR-40%
Warehouse Manager3,970 EUR+18%
Welder2,070 EUR-38%
Welding Superintendent2,340 EUR-30%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bologna3,490 EUR
Catania3,420 EUR
Genova3,330 EUR
Milano3,710 EUR
Napoli3,530 EUR
Palermo3,510 EUR
Parma3,080 EUR
Rome3,910 EUR
Torino3,700 EUR
Trieste3,140 EUR
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