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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||2,300 EUR|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||1,770 EUR|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||2,760 EUR|
|Associate Engineer||2,170 EUR|
|Autocad Operator||1,440 EUR|
|Automation Engineer||2,430 EUR|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||2,320 EUR|
|Biochemical Engineer||2,300 EUR|
|BMS Engineer||2,280 EUR|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||1,280 EUR|
|Broadcast Engineer||2,330 EUR|
|CAD Design Engineer||2,420 EUR|
|CAD Designer||1,430 EUR|
|CAE Engineer||2,230 EUR|
|Ceramics Engineer||2,200 EUR|
|Civil Engineer||2,430 EUR|
|Commissioning Engineer||2,370 EUR|
|Communications Engineer||2,510 EUR|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||2,130 EUR|
|Contract Associate Engineer||2,340 EUR|
|Control Systems Engineer||2,220 EUR|
|Controls Engineer||2,240 EUR|
|Controls Software Engineer||2,150 EUR|
|Corrosion Engineer||2,100 EUR|
|Design Engineer||2,340 EUR|
|Drafting Manager||2,730 EUR|
|Drilling Engineer||2,400 EUR|
|Electrical Draughtsman||1,210 EUR|
|Electrical Engineer||2,640 EUR|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||3,370 EUR|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||2,510 EUR|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||1,200 EUR|
|Energy Engineer||2,450 EUR|
|Engine Assembler||1,090 EUR|
|Engineering Account Manager||2,690 EUR|
|Engineering Chief Designer||2,640 EUR|
|Engineering Consultant||3,120 EUR|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||3,500 EUR|
|Engineering Lab Technician||2,240 EUR|
|Engineering Planning Manager||3,370 EUR|
|Engineering Production Manager||4,400 EUR|
|Engineering Project Analyst||2,820 EUR|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||2,780 EUR|
|Engineering Project Director||4,680 EUR|
|Engineering Project Manager||3,260 EUR|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||3,900 EUR|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||1,840 EUR|
|Engineering Sales Manager||3,240 EUR|
|Engineering Technician||1,810 EUR|
|Engineering Technologist||1,910 EUR|
|Environmental Engineer||2,410 EUR|
|Equipment Engineer||2,190 EUR|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||3,080 EUR|
|Fabrication Specialist||1,660 EUR|
|Facade Engineer||2,360 EUR|
|Fiber Analyst||1,330 EUR|
|Field Engineer||2,360 EUR|
|Field Engineering Manager||4,140 EUR|
|Fire Engineer||2,280 EUR|
|Fitter and Turner||790 EUR|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||2,670 EUR|
|Generation Engineer||2,290 EUR|
|Genetic Engineer||2,510 EUR|
|Geological Engineer||2,470 EUR|
|Geotechnical Engineer||2,540 EUR|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||1,200 EUR|
|Highway Engineer||2,320 EUR|
|HSE Professional||2,270 EUR|
|HVAC Engineer||2,410 EUR|
|HVAC Supervisor||2,100 EUR|
|Industrial Engineer||2,350 EUR|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||2,370 EUR|
|Instrument Engineer||2,220 EUR|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||2,340 EUR|
|Instrumentation Engineer||2,230 EUR|
|Instrumentation Manager||2,450 EUR|
|Irrigation Engineer||2,310 EUR|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||2,480 EUR|
|Locomotive Engineer||2,230 EUR|
|Maintenance Engineer||2,170 EUR|
|Maintenance Fitter||850 EUR|
|Maintenance Manager||2,390 EUR|
|Manufacturing Engineer||2,170 EUR|
|Marine Engineer||2,440 EUR|
|Materials Engineer||2,320 EUR|
|Materials Researcher||2,280 EUR|
|Materials Technician||1,650 EUR|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||2,500 EUR|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||2,620 EUR|
|Mechanical Designer||2,070 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineer||2,450 EUR|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||3,480 EUR|
|Mechanical Inspector||2,310 EUR|
|Mechatronics Engineer||2,480 EUR|
|Mining Engineer||2,360 EUR|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||2,570 EUR|
|Optical Engineer||2,260 EUR|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||1,150 EUR|
|PCB Assembler||880 EUR|
|Photonics Engineer||2,570 EUR|
|Photonics Technician||2,040 EUR|
|Pipeline Engineer||2,170 EUR|
|Piping Designer||1,250 EUR|
|Piping Engineer||2,060 EUR|
|Planning Engineer||2,310 EUR|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||1,090 EUR|
|Principal Cost Engineer||2,420 EUR|
|Principal Engineer||2,280 EUR|
|Principal Support Engineer||2,460 EUR|
|Process Engineer||2,270 EUR|
|Process Operator||1,440 EUR|
|Product Development Engineer||2,570 EUR|
|Product Development Technician||1,730 EUR|
|Product Engineer||2,500 EUR|
|Product Safety Engineer||2,160 EUR|
|Production Engineer||2,270 EUR|
|Project Engineer||2,480 EUR|
|Proposal Manager||3,020 EUR|
|Purchasing Engineer||2,200 EUR|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||2,260 EUR|
|Rail Engineer||2,480 EUR|
|Robotics Engineer||2,590 EUR|
|Robotics Technician||2,020 EUR|
|Safety Engineer||2,390 EUR|
|Safety Inspector||1,900 EUR|
|Safety Manager||2,870 EUR|
|Safety Officer||1,180 EUR|
|Sales Engineer||2,400 EUR|
|Scheduling Engineer||2,060 EUR|
|Service Engineer||2,500 EUR|
|Solar Engineer||2,430 EUR|
|Staff Engineer||2,250 EUR|
|Static Equipment Engineer||2,400 EUR|
|Stationary Engineer||2,120 EUR|
|Stress Engineer||2,190 EUR|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||2,250 EUR|
|Structural Designer||2,180 EUR|
|Structural Engineer||2,420 EUR|
|Structural Technician||1,550 EUR|
|Supply Chain Specialist||2,300 EUR|
|Technical Affairs Officer||1,180 EUR|
|Technical Assistant||1,210 EUR|
|Technical Engineer||2,060 EUR|
|Technical Support Engineer||2,130 EUR|
|Tender Engineer||2,080 EUR|
|Test Development Engineer||2,370 EUR|
|Transportation Engineer||2,210 EUR|
|Validation Engineer||2,090 EUR|
|Verification Engineer||2,320 EUR|
|Wastewater Engineer||2,210 EUR|
|Wind Energy Engineer||2,330 EUR|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||3,280 EUR|
|Work Planner||1,650 EUR|
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.