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Engineering Average Salaries in Korea (North) 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Korea (North)?

Average Monthly Salary
164,000 KPW
( 1,970,000 KPW yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Korea (North) typically earns around 164,000 KPW per month. Salaries range from 52,000 KPW (lowest average) to 347,000 KPW (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 Engineer172,000 KPW
Assembly Engineering Technician142,000 KPW
Assistant Chief Engineer188,000 KPW
Associate Engineer161,000 KPW
Autocad Operator115,000 KPW
Automation Engineer197,000 KPW
Avionic System Support Engineer169,000 KPW
Biochemical Engineer157,000 KPW
BMS Engineer166,000 KPW
Bridge and Lock Tender93,500 KPW
Broadcast Engineer169,000 KPW
CAD Design Engineer179,000 KPW
CAD Designer110,000 KPW
CAE Engineer182,000 KPW
Ceramics Engineer156,000 KPW
Civil Engineer179,000 KPW
Commissioning Engineer165,000 KPW
Communications Engineer189,000 KPW
Condition Monitoring Engineer146,000 KPW
Contract Associate Engineer160,000 KPW
Control Systems Engineer173,000 KPW
Controls Engineer173,000 KPW
Controls Software Engineer157,000 KPW
Corrosion Engineer168,000 KPW
Design Engineer180,000 KPW
Drafter107,000 KPW
Drafting Manager198,000 KPW
Drilling Engineer173,000 KPW
Electrical Draughtsman91,800 KPW
Electrical Engineer198,000 KPW
Electrical Engineering Manager263,000 KPW
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist187,000 KPW
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler92,300 KPW
Energy Engineer182,000 KPW
Engine Assembler76,500 KPW
Engineer196,000 KPW
Engineering Account Manager198,000 KPW
Engineering Chief Designer197,000 KPW
Engineering Consultant237,000 KPW
Engineering Key Account Manager258,000 KPW
Engineering Lab Technician164,000 KPW
Engineering Planning Manager251,000 KPW
Engineering Production Manager315,000 KPW
Engineering Project Analyst210,000 KPW
Engineering Project Coordinator 199,000 KPW
Engineering Project Director356,000 KPW
Engineering Project Manager257,000 KPW
Engineering Research and Development Manager274,000 KPW
Engineering Safety Coordinator134,000 KPW
Engineering Sales Manager249,000 KPW
Engineering Technician143,000 KPW
Engineering Technologist139,000 KPW
Environmental Engineer166,000 KPW
Equipment Engineer157,000 KPW
Equipment Engineering Manager230,000 KPW
Estimator148,000 KPW
Fabrication Specialist130,000 KPW
Fabricator84,600 KPW
Facade Engineer166,000 KPW
Fiber Analyst101,000 KPW
Field Engineer184,000 KPW
Field Engineering Manager302,000 KPW
Fire Engineer178,000 KPW
Fitter and Turner57,500 KPW
Forestry Strategic Planner216,000 KPW
Generation Engineer180,000 KPW
Genetic Engineer194,000 KPW
Geological Engineer177,000 KPW
Geotechnical Engineer193,000 KPW
Heavy Equipment Mechanic94,200 KPW
Highway Engineer183,000 KPW
HSE Professional158,000 KPW
HVAC Engineer198,000 KPW
HVAC Supervisor160,000 KPW
Industrial Engineer164,000 KPW
Industrial Engineering Technologist172,000 KPW
Instrument Engineer176,000 KPW
Instrumentation and Control Engineer171,000 KPW
Instrumentation Engineer184,000 KPW
Instrumentation Manager176,000 KPW
Irrigation Engineer168,000 KPW
Licensed Aircraft Engineer197,000 KPW
Locomotive Engineer168,000 KPW
Maintenance Engineer164,000 KPW
Maintenance Fitter61,100 KPW
Maintenance Manager180,000 KPW
Manufacturing Engineer171,000 KPW
Marine Engineer181,000 KPW
Materials Engineer178,000 KPW
Materials Researcher166,000 KPW
Materials Technician128,000 KPW
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer197,000 KPW
Mechanical Design Engineer190,000 KPW
Mechanical Designer156,000 KPW
Mechanical Engineer196,000 KPW
Mechanical Engineering Manager237,000 KPW
Mechanical Inspector174,000 KPW
Mechatronics Engineer195,000 KPW
Mining Engineer173,000 KPW
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer189,000 KPW
Optical Engineer178,000 KPW
Optical Instrument Assembler94,200 KPW
PCB Assembler65,500 KPW
Photonics Engineer191,000 KPW
Photonics Technician158,000 KPW
Pipeline Engineer166,000 KPW
Piping Designer99,500 KPW
Piping Engineer170,000 KPW
Planning Engineer188,000 KPW
Pressure Vessel Inspector83,100 KPW
Principal Cost Engineer184,000 KPW
Principal Engineer180,000 KPW
Principal Support Engineer182,000 KPW
Process Engineer174,000 KPW
Process Operator101,000 KPW
Product Development Engineer185,000 KPW
Product Development Technician132,000 KPW
Product Engineer187,000 KPW
Product Safety Engineer167,000 KPW
Production Engineer185,000 KPW
Project Engineer193,000 KPW
Proposal Manager237,000 KPW
Purchasing Engineer167,000 KPW
Quality Assurance Engineer183,000 KPW
Rail Engineer170,000 KPW
Robotics Engineer199,000 KPW
Robotics Technician146,000 KPW
Safety Engineer171,000 KPW
Safety Inspector132,000 KPW
Safety Manager202,000 KPW
Safety Officer93,000 KPW
Sales Engineer198,000 KPW
Scheduling Engineer162,000 KPW
Service Engineer181,000 KPW
Solar Engineer192,000 KPW
Staff Engineer175,000 KPW
Static Equipment Engineer173,000 KPW
Stationary Engineer165,000 KPW
Stress Engineer161,000 KPW
Structural Analysis Engineer172,000 KPW
Structural Designer156,000 KPW
Structural Engineer175,000 KPW
Structural Technician116,000 KPW
Supply Chain Specialist171,000 KPW
Surveyor128,000 KPW
Technical Affairs Officer88,500 KPW
Technical Assistant92,000 KPW
Technical Engineer156,000 KPW
Technical Support Engineer146,000 KPW
Tender Engineer164,000 KPW
Test Development Engineer168,000 KPW
Transportation Engineer165,000 KPW
Validation Engineer164,000 KPW
Verification Engineer161,000 KPW
Wastewater Engineer183,000 KPW
Wind Energy Engineer187,000 KPW
Wind Energy Operations Manager224,000 KPW
Work Planner122,000 KPW

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Korea (North)

Median and salary distribution monthly Korea (North) Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Korea (North) range from 52,000 KPW per month (minimum average salary) to 347,000 KPW per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 154,000 KPW per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 154,000 KPW while the other half are earning more than 154,000 KPW. 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 92,700 KPW while 75% of them are earning more than 92,700 KPW. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 235,000 KPW while 25% are earning more than 235,000 KPW.

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 Korea (North) costs anywhere from 971,000 North Korean Won(s) to 2,910,000 North Korean Won(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 Korea (North) 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 Korea (North) who work in Engineering earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

172,000 KPW
151,000 KPW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Korea (North) for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Korea (North)
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Korea (North)

How much are annual salary increments in Korea (North) for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Korea (North) are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Korea (North) 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.

Korea (North) / 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 Korea (North) is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Korea (North) 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 Korea (North)

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Korea (North) 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.

68% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 32% 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 Korea (North)

950 KPW per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Korea (North) is 950 KPW. This means that the average person in Korea (North) earns approximately 950 KPW 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 Korea (North)
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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 Korea (North) earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
186,000 KPW
Public Sector+7%
200,000 KPW
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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