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Engineering Average Salaries in Portugal 2022

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

Average Monthly Salary
2,320 EUR
( 27,900 EUR yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Portugal typically earns around 2,320 EUR per month. Salaries range from 740 EUR (lowest average) to 4,920 EUR (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 Engineer2,300 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician1,770 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer2,760 EUR
Associate Engineer2,170 EUR
Autocad Operator1,440 EUR
Automation Engineer2,430 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer2,320 EUR
Biochemical Engineer2,300 EUR
BMS Engineer2,280 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender1,280 EUR
Broadcast Engineer2,330 EUR
CAD Design Engineer2,420 EUR
CAD Designer1,430 EUR
CAE Engineer2,230 EUR
Ceramics Engineer2,200 EUR
Civil Engineer2,430 EUR
Commissioning Engineer2,370 EUR
Communications Engineer2,510 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer2,130 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer2,340 EUR
Control Systems Engineer2,220 EUR
Controls Engineer2,240 EUR
Controls Software Engineer2,150 EUR
Corrosion Engineer2,100 EUR
Design Engineer2,340 EUR
Drafter1,520 EUR
Drafting Manager2,730 EUR
Drilling Engineer2,400 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman1,210 EUR
Electrical Engineer2,640 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager3,370 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist2,510 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,200 EUR
Energy Engineer2,450 EUR
Engine Assembler1,090 EUR
Engineer2,410 EUR
Engineering Account Manager2,690 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer2,640 EUR
Engineering Consultant3,120 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager3,500 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician2,240 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager3,370 EUR
Engineering Production Manager4,400 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst2,820 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 2,780 EUR
Engineering Project Director4,680 EUR
Engineering Project Manager3,260 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager3,900 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,840 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager3,240 EUR
Engineering Technician1,810 EUR
Engineering Technologist1,910 EUR
Environmental Engineer2,410 EUR
Equipment Engineer2,190 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager3,080 EUR
Estimator2,060 EUR
Fabrication Specialist1,660 EUR
Fabricator1,040 EUR
Facade Engineer2,360 EUR
Fiber Analyst1,330 EUR
Field Engineer2,360 EUR
Field Engineering Manager4,140 EUR
Fire Engineer2,280 EUR
Fitter and Turner790 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner2,670 EUR
Generation Engineer2,290 EUR
Genetic Engineer2,510 EUR
Geological Engineer2,470 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer2,540 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,200 EUR
Highway Engineer2,320 EUR
HSE Professional2,270 EUR
HVAC Engineer2,410 EUR
HVAC Supervisor2,100 EUR
Industrial Engineer2,350 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist2,370 EUR
Instrument Engineer2,220 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer2,340 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer2,230 EUR
Instrumentation Manager2,450 EUR
Irrigation Engineer2,310 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer2,480 EUR
Locomotive Engineer2,230 EUR
Maintenance Engineer2,170 EUR
Maintenance Fitter850 EUR
Maintenance Manager2,390 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer2,170 EUR
Marine Engineer2,440 EUR
Materials Engineer2,320 EUR
Materials Researcher2,280 EUR
Materials Technician1,650 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer2,500 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer2,620 EUR
Mechanical Designer2,070 EUR
Mechanical Engineer2,450 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager3,480 EUR
Mechanical Inspector2,310 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer2,480 EUR
Mining Engineer2,360 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer2,570 EUR
Optical Engineer2,260 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler1,150 EUR
PCB Assembler880 EUR
Photonics Engineer2,570 EUR
Photonics Technician2,040 EUR
Pipeline Engineer2,170 EUR
Piping Designer1,250 EUR
Piping Engineer2,060 EUR
Planning Engineer2,310 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,090 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer2,420 EUR
Principal Engineer2,280 EUR
Principal Support Engineer2,460 EUR
Process Engineer2,270 EUR
Process Operator1,440 EUR
Product Development Engineer2,570 EUR
Product Development Technician1,730 EUR
Product Engineer2,500 EUR
Product Safety Engineer2,160 EUR
Production Engineer2,270 EUR
Project Engineer2,480 EUR
Proposal Manager3,020 EUR
Purchasing Engineer2,200 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer2,260 EUR
Rail Engineer2,480 EUR
Robotics Engineer2,590 EUR
Robotics Technician2,020 EUR
Safety Engineer2,390 EUR
Safety Inspector1,900 EUR
Safety Manager2,870 EUR
Safety Officer1,180 EUR
Sales Engineer2,400 EUR
Scheduling Engineer2,060 EUR
Service Engineer2,500 EUR
Solar Engineer2,430 EUR
Staff Engineer2,250 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer2,400 EUR
Stationary Engineer2,120 EUR
Stress Engineer2,190 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer2,250 EUR
Structural Designer2,180 EUR
Structural Engineer2,420 EUR
Structural Technician1,550 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist2,300 EUR
Surveyor1,840 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer1,180 EUR
Technical Assistant1,210 EUR
Technical Engineer2,060 EUR
Technical Support Engineer2,130 EUR
Tender Engineer2,080 EUR
Test Development Engineer2,370 EUR
Transportation Engineer2,210 EUR
Validation Engineer2,090 EUR
Verification Engineer2,320 EUR
Wastewater Engineer2,210 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer2,330 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager3,280 EUR
Work Planner1,650 EUR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Portugal

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Portugal range from 740 EUR per month (minimum average salary) to 4,920 EUR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,230 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,230 EUR while the other half are earning more than 2,230 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,340 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,340 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 3,430 EUR while 25% are earning more than 3,430 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 Portugal costs anywhere from 13,800 Euro(s) to 41,300 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

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal 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 Portugal who work in Engineering earn 5% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,380 EUR
2,270 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

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


Engineering professionals in Portugal 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.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Portugal 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.

Portugal / 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 Portugal is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

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

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

49% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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 Portugal

13 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 13 EUR. This means that the average person in Portugal earns approximately 13 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 monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal1,990 EUR
Lisbon2,390 EUR
Porto2,190 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 Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,680 EUR
Public Sector+6%
2,840 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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