A person working as a Mechanical Engineer in Portugal typically earns around 4,430 EUR per month. Salaries range from 2,040 EUR (lowest) to 7,050 EUR (highest).
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Mechanical Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.
Mechanical Engineer salaries in Portugal range from 2,040 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 7,050 EUR per month (maximum salary).
The median salary is 4,790 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 4,790 EUR while the other half are earning more than 4,790 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 Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,070 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 3,070 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 6,390 EUR while 25% are earning more than 6,390 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 your wage. We broke down Mechanical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.
A Mechanical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 2,310 EUR per month.
While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 3,090 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 4,570 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.
Additionally, Mechanical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 5,570 EUR per month, 22% 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 6,070 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 6,570 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.
|0 - 2 Years|
|2 - 5 Years||+34%|
|5 - 10 Years||+48%|
|10 - 15 Years||+22%|
|15 - 20 Years||+9%|
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 Mechanical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.
When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Mechanical Engineer is 2,690 EUR per month.
While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 5,190 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Portugal costs anywhere from 24,300 Euro(s) to 72,800 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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Mechanical Engineer employees in Portugal earn 7% more than their female counterparts.
Mechanical Engineer(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 17 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 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.
A Mechanical Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.
41% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 59% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.
Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 2% to 7% 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.
Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Mechanical Engineer employees in Portugal earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
Mechanical Engineer salaries in Portugal are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 4% 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.
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 Mechanical Engineer is 3% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||4,330 EUR||-2%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||3,630 EUR||-18%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||4,760 EUR||+7%|
|Associate Engineer||4,180 EUR||-6%|
|Autocad Operator||3,290 EUR||-26%|
|Automation Engineer||5,050 EUR||+14%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||4,100 EUR||-7%|
|Biochemical Engineer||4,870 EUR||+10%|
|BMS Engineer||4,590 EUR||+4%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||4,090 EUR||-8%|
|Broadcast Engineer||4,750 EUR||+7%|
|CAD Design Engineer||4,040 EUR||-9%|
|CAD Designer||3,260 EUR||-26%|
|CAE Engineer||3,920 EUR||-12%|
|Ceramics Engineer||4,220 EUR||-5%|
|Civil Engineer||4,170 EUR||-6%|
|Commissioning Engineer||4,330 EUR||-2%|
|Communications Engineer||4,340 EUR||-2%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||3,900 EUR||-12%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||4,630 EUR||+4%|
|Control Systems Engineer||4,190 EUR||-5%|
|Controls Engineer||4,230 EUR||-5%|
|Controls Software Engineer||4,390 EUR||-1%|
|Corrosion Engineer||3,910 EUR||-12%|
|Design Engineer||4,400 EUR||-1%|
|Drafting Manager||4,740 EUR||+7%|
|Drilling Engineer||4,250 EUR||-4%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||2,710 EUR||-39%|
|Electrical Engineer||4,620 EUR||+4%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||5,260 EUR||+19%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||4,620 EUR||+4%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||3,880 EUR||-12%|
|Energy Engineer||4,730 EUR||+7%|
|Engine Assembler||3,110 EUR||-30%|
|Engineering Account Manager||4,070 EUR||-8%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||4,310 EUR||-3%|
|Engineering Consultant||4,770 EUR||+8%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||5,040 EUR||+14%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||3,780 EUR||-15%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||5,370 EUR||+21%|
|Engineering Production Manager||5,560 EUR||+25%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||4,820 EUR||+9%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||4,210 EUR||-5%|
|Engineering Project Director||5,170 EUR||+17%|
|Engineering Project Manager||5,160 EUR||+16%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||5,270 EUR||+19%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||3,740 EUR||-16%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||5,250 EUR||+18%|
|Engineering Technician||3,780 EUR||-15%|
|Engineering Technologist||4,000 EUR||-10%|
|Environmental Engineer||4,600 EUR||+4%|
|Equipment Engineer||4,130 EUR||-7%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||4,890 EUR||+10%|
|Fabrication Specialist||3,570 EUR||-19%|
|Facade Engineer||4,720 EUR||+6%|
|Fiber Analyst||3,420 EUR||-23%|
|Field Engineer||3,920 EUR||-12%|
|Field Engineering Manager||5,550 EUR||+25%|
|Fire Engineer||4,310 EUR||-3%|
|Fitter and Turner||2,410 EUR||-46%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||4,680 EUR||+6%|
|Generation Engineer||4,730 EUR||+7%|
|Genetic Engineer||5,060 EUR||+14%|
|Geological Engineer||4,970 EUR||+12%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||4,820 EUR||+9%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||3,230 EUR||-27%|
|Highway Engineer||3,840 EUR||-13%|
|HSE Professional||3,910 EUR||-12%|
|HVAC Engineer||4,180 EUR||-6%|
|HVAC Supervisor||4,080 EUR||-8%|
|Industrial Engineer||4,210 EUR||-5%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||4,250 EUR||-4%|
|Instrument Engineer||4,490 EUR||+1%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||4,550 EUR||+3%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||4,340 EUR||-2%|
|Instrumentation Manager||5,500 EUR||+24%|
|Irrigation Engineer||4,100 EUR||-7%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||4,280 EUR||-3%|
|Locomotive Engineer||4,060 EUR||-8%|
|Maintenance Engineer||3,940 EUR||-11%|
|Maintenance Fitter||2,830 EUR||-36%|
|Maintenance Manager||5,090 EUR||+15%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||4,390 EUR||-1%|
|Marine Engineer||4,010 EUR||-10%|
|Materials Engineer||4,080 EUR||-8%|
|Materials Researcher||4,780 EUR||+8%|
|Materials Technician||3,920 EUR||-12%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||4,590 EUR||+4%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||4,730 EUR||+7%|
|Mechanical Designer||4,020 EUR||-9%|
|Mechanical Engineer||4,430 EUR||-0%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||5,560 EUR||+25%|
|Mechanical Inspector||4,370 EUR||-1%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||4,030 EUR||-9%|
|Mining Engineer||3,910 EUR||-12%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||4,760 EUR||+7%|
|Optical Engineer||3,900 EUR||-12%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||3,400 EUR||-23%|
|PCB Assembler||3,090 EUR||-30%|
|Photonics Engineer||4,610 EUR||+4%|
|Photonics Technician||3,650 EUR||-18%|
|Pipeline Engineer||4,100 EUR||-7%|
|Piping Designer||3,540 EUR||-20%|
|Piping Engineer||3,890 EUR||-12%|
|Planning Engineer||3,930 EUR||-11%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||2,720 EUR||-39%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||4,700 EUR||+6%|
|Principal Engineer||4,430 EUR||-0%|
|Principal Support Engineer||4,180 EUR||-6%|
|Process Engineer||4,020 EUR||-9%|
|Process Operator||3,730 EUR||-16%|
|Product Development Engineer||4,750 EUR||+7%|
|Product Development Technician||3,760 EUR||-15%|
|Product Engineer||4,160 EUR||-6%|
|Product Safety Engineer||3,990 EUR||-10%|
|Production Engineer||4,260 EUR||-4%|
|Project Engineer||4,340 EUR||-2%|
|Proposal Manager||4,900 EUR||+11%|
|Purchasing Engineer||4,240 EUR||-4%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||3,940 EUR||-11%|
|Rail Engineer||4,250 EUR||-4%|
|Robotics Engineer||4,800 EUR||+8%|
|Robotics Technician||4,250 EUR||-4%|
|Safety Engineer||4,080 EUR||-8%|
|Safety Inspector||3,910 EUR||-12%|
|Safety Manager||4,780 EUR||+8%|
|Safety Officer||3,440 EUR||-22%|
|Sales Engineer||3,890 EUR||-12%|
|Scheduling Engineer||3,510 EUR||-21%|
|Service Engineer||4,640 EUR||+5%|
|Solar Engineer||4,320 EUR||-3%|
|Staff Engineer||3,920 EUR||-12%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||4,130 EUR||-7%|
|Stationary Engineer||3,880 EUR||-12%|
|Stress Engineer||3,890 EUR||-12%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||4,190 EUR||-5%|
|Structural Designer||3,970 EUR||-10%|
|Structural Engineer||4,570 EUR||+3%|
|Structural Technician||3,680 EUR||-17%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||4,620 EUR||+4%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||3,390 EUR||-24%|
|Technical Assistant||3,580 EUR||-19%|
|Technical Engineer||3,840 EUR||-13%|
|Technical Support Engineer||3,970 EUR||-10%|
|Tender Engineer||3,780 EUR||-15%|
|Test Development Engineer||4,230 EUR||-5%|
|Transportation Engineer||4,270 EUR||-4%|
|Validation Engineer||4,030 EUR||-9%|
|Verification Engineer||4,100 EUR||-7%|
|Wastewater Engineer||3,830 EUR||-14%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||4,360 EUR||-2%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||5,420 EUR||+22%|
|Work Planner||3,200 EUR||-28%|