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Engineering Average Salaries in Latvia 2022

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

Average Monthly Salary
1,100 LVL
( 13,200 LVL yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Latvia typically earns around 1,100 LVL per month. Salaries range from 350 LVL (lowest average) to 2,320 LVL (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 Engineer1,140 LVL
Assembly Engineering Technician910 LVL
Assistant Chief Engineer1,350 LVL
Associate Engineer1,030 LVL
Autocad Operator740 LVL
Automation Engineer1,320 LVL
Avionic System Support Engineer1,160 LVL
Biochemical Engineer1,110 LVL
BMS Engineer1,050 LVL
Bridge and Lock Tender650 LVL
Broadcast Engineer1,210 LVL
CAD Design Engineer1,260 LVL
CAD Designer780 LVL
CAE Engineer1,180 LVL
Ceramics Engineer1,120 LVL
Civil Engineer1,170 LVL
Commissioning Engineer1,180 LVL
Communications Engineer1,230 LVL
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,040 LVL
Contract Associate Engineer1,130 LVL
Control Systems Engineer1,170 LVL
Controls Engineer1,120 LVL
Controls Software Engineer1,060 LVL
Corrosion Engineer1,080 LVL
Design Engineer1,180 LVL
Drafter750 LVL
Drafting Manager1,400 LVL
Drilling Engineer1,140 LVL
Electrical Draughtsman580 LVL
Electrical Engineer1,320 LVL
Electrical Engineering Manager1,750 LVL
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,310 LVL
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler650 LVL
Energy Engineer1,260 LVL
Engine Assembler520 LVL
Engineer1,310 LVL
Engineering Account Manager1,330 LVL
Engineering Chief Designer1,340 LVL
Engineering Consultant1,630 LVL
Engineering Key Account Manager1,690 LVL
Engineering Lab Technician1,100 LVL
Engineering Planning Manager1,570 LVL
Engineering Production Manager2,180 LVL
Engineering Project Analyst1,440 LVL
Engineering Project Coordinator 1,390 LVL
Engineering Project Director2,440 LVL
Engineering Project Manager1,620 LVL
Engineering Research and Development Manager1,870 LVL
Engineering Safety Coordinator930 LVL
Engineering Sales Manager1,620 LVL
Engineering Technician900 LVL
Engineering Technologist890 LVL
Environmental Engineer1,120 LVL
Equipment Engineer1,060 LVL
Equipment Engineering Manager1,560 LVL
Estimator990 LVL
Fabrication Specialist850 LVL
Fabricator560 LVL
Facade Engineer1,110 LVL
Fiber Analyst700 LVL
Field Engineer1,250 LVL
Field Engineering Manager2,080 LVL
Fire Engineer1,210 LVL
Fitter and Turner390 LVL
Forestry Strategic Planner1,330 LVL
Generation Engineer1,170 LVL
Genetic Engineer1,360 LVL
Geological Engineer1,220 LVL
Geotechnical Engineer1,200 LVL
Heavy Equipment Mechanic620 LVL
Highway Engineer1,150 LVL
HSE Professional1,130 LVL
HVAC Engineer1,250 LVL
HVAC Supervisor1,080 LVL
Industrial Engineer1,150 LVL
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,120 LVL
Instrument Engineer1,110 LVL
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,170 LVL
Instrumentation Engineer1,140 LVL
Instrumentation Manager1,210 LVL
Irrigation Engineer1,180 LVL
Licensed Aircraft Engineer1,330 LVL
Locomotive Engineer1,090 LVL
Maintenance Engineer1,160 LVL
Maintenance Fitter410 LVL
Maintenance Manager1,180 LVL
Manufacturing Engineer1,100 LVL
Marine Engineer1,170 LVL
Materials Engineer1,160 LVL
Materials Researcher1,060 LVL
Materials Technician880 LVL
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer1,250 LVL
Mechanical Design Engineer1,230 LVL
Mechanical Designer1,020 LVL
Mechanical Engineer1,280 LVL
Mechanical Engineering Manager1,720 LVL
Mechanical Inspector1,120 LVL
Mechatronics Engineer1,260 LVL
Mining Engineer1,180 LVL
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer1,250 LVL
Optical Engineer1,120 LVL
Optical Instrument Assembler600 LVL
PCB Assembler450 LVL
Photonics Engineer1,320 LVL
Photonics Technician1,100 LVL
Pipeline Engineer1,110 LVL
Piping Designer670 LVL
Piping Engineer1,040 LVL
Planning Engineer1,240 LVL
Pressure Vessel Inspector560 LVL
Principal Cost Engineer1,150 LVL
Principal Engineer1,140 LVL
Principal Support Engineer1,160 LVL
Process Engineer1,160 LVL
Process Operator710 LVL
Product Development Engineer1,240 LVL
Product Development Technician820 LVL
Product Engineer1,260 LVL
Product Safety Engineer1,170 LVL
Production Engineer1,220 LVL
Project Engineer1,310 LVL
Proposal Manager1,550 LVL
Purchasing Engineer1,060 LVL
Quality Assurance Engineer1,130 LVL
Rail Engineer1,170 LVL
Robotics Engineer1,310 LVL
Robotics Technician960 LVL
Safety Engineer1,180 LVL
Safety Inspector940 LVL
Safety Manager1,360 LVL
Safety Officer590 LVL
Sales Engineer1,210 LVL
Scheduling Engineer1,060 LVL
Service Engineer1,190 LVL
Solar Engineer1,220 LVL
Staff Engineer1,190 LVL
Static Equipment Engineer1,140 LVL
Stationary Engineer1,120 LVL
Stress Engineer1,070 LVL
Structural Analysis Engineer1,150 LVL
Structural Designer1,060 LVL
Structural Engineer1,170 LVL
Structural Technician780 LVL
Supply Chain Specialist1,190 LVL
Surveyor920 LVL
Technical Affairs Officer590 LVL
Technical Assistant630 LVL
Technical Engineer1,000 LVL
Technical Support Engineer1,040 LVL
Tender Engineer1,030 LVL
Test Development Engineer1,110 LVL
Transportation Engineer1,140 LVL
Validation Engineer1,060 LVL
Verification Engineer1,160 LVL
Wastewater Engineer1,120 LVL
Wind Energy Engineer1,190 LVL
Wind Energy Operations Manager1,580 LVL
Work Planner810 LVL

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Latvia

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Latvia range from 350 LVL per month (minimum average salary) to 2,320 LVL per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,080 LVL per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,080 LVL while the other half are earning more than 1,080 LVL. 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 640 LVL while 75% of them are earning more than 640 LVL. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,670 LVL while 25% are earning more than 1,670 LVL.

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 Latvia costs anywhere from 6,510 Latvian Lats(s) to 19,500 Latvian Lats(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 Latvia 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 Latvia who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,130 LVL
1,070 LVL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Latvia for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Latvia

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


Engineering professionals in Latvia are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 17 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 8% granted to employees every 18 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Latvia 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.

Latvia / 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 Latvia is 5%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Latvia 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 Latvia

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

6 LVL per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Latvia is 6 LVL. This means that the average person in Latvia earns approximately 6 LVL 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 Latvia
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Riga1,190 LVL

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 Latvia earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,250 LVL
Public Sector+7%
1,340 LVL
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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