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Biomedical Engineer Average Salary in Portugal 2020

How much money does a Biomedical Engineer make in Portugal?


Average Monthly Salary
2,310 EUR
( 27,700 EUR yearly)

LOW
1,060
EUR
AVERAGE
2,310
EUR
HIGH
3,670
EUR

A person working as a Biomedical Engineer in Portugal typically earns around 2,310 EUR per month. Salaries range from 1,060 EUR (lowest) to 3,670 EUR (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Biomedical Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Biomedical Engineer Salary Distribution in Portugal

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Biomedical Engineer salaries in Portugal range from 1,060 EUR per month (minimum salary) to 3,670 EUR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 2,490 EUR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 2,490 EUR while the other half are earning more than 2,490 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 Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 1,600 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 1,600 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Biomedical Engineer(s) are earning less than 3,330 EUR while 25% are earning more than 3,330 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

Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Portugal Biomedical Engineer
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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 Biomedical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Biomedical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 1,200 EUR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 1,610 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 2,380 EUR per month, 48% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Biomedical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 2,900 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 3,160 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 3,420 EUR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Biomedical Engineer average salary change by experience in Portugal

0 - 2 Years
1,200 EUR
2 - 5 Years+34%
1,610 EUR
5 - 10 Years+48%
2,380 EUR
10 - 15 Years+22%
2,900 EUR
15 - 20 Years+9%
3,160 EUR
20+ Years+8%
3,420 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Biomedical Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Portugal Biomedical Engineer
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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 Biomedical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Biomedical Engineer is 1,400 EUR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 2,700 EUR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Biomedical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Portugal

Bachelor's Degree
1,400 EUR
Master's Degree+93%
2,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 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.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Biomedical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Portugal Biomedical Engineer
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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 Biomedical Engineer employees in Portugal earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
2,230 EUR
Male+7%
2,390 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Portugal for all Careers

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Biomedical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Portugal

How much are annual salary increments in Portugal for Biomedical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Biomedical Engineer

Biomedical Engineer(s) in Portugal are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 11% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 16 months.

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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 2019

Banking
3%
Energy
6%
Information Technology
9%
Healthcare
3%
Travel
6%
Construction
9%
Education
3%

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.


Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Biomedical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Portugal

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

Received Bonus
59%
No Bonus
41%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

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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

Biomedical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Portugal


13 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Portugal is 13 EUR. This means that the average Biomedical Engineer 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.

Biomedical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Biomedical Engineer and Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology monthly Portugal
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The average salary for Biomedical Engineer is 37% less than that of Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology. Also, Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology salaries are 33% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Assistant Pharmacist2,240 EUR-3%
Assistant Pharmacy Director4,380 EUR+90%
Associate Medical Affairs Director5,770 EUR+150%
Bioinformatics Scientist5,020 EUR+120%
Bioinformatics Technician2,500 EUR+8%
Biological Scientist5,680 EUR+150%
Biological Technician2,370 EUR+3%
Biomedical Engineer2,310 EUR+0%
Biomedical Engineering Director4,360 EUR+89%
Biostatistician3,440 EUR+49%
Biotechnologist 3,540 EUR+53%
Biotechnology Lead Data Manager2,780 EUR+20%
Chemical Process Technician2,480 EUR+7%
Clinical Consultant3,420 EUR+48%
Clinical Data Manager3,600 EUR+56%
Clinical Data Specialist3,220 EUR+40%
Clinical Operations Manager4,960 EUR+110%
Clinical Pharmacist3,360 EUR+46%
Clinical Pharmacy Specialist4,280 EUR+85%
Clinical Programmer1,870 EUR-19%
Clinical Project Manager3,220 EUR+40%
Clinical Research Associate2,910 EUR+26%
Clinical Research Manager4,760 EUR+110%
Clinical Study Manager4,160 EUR+80%
Compliance Specialist3,550 EUR+54%
Cytology Laboratory Technologist2,810 EUR+22%
Cytotechnologist2,740 EUR+19%
GCP Auditor3,010 EUR+30%
Hospital Pharmacy Technician2,670 EUR+16%
Manufacturing Engineer2,850 EUR+23%
Medical Affairs Director5,510 EUR+140%
Medical Representative 2,250 EUR-3%
Medical Science Liaison4,080 EUR+77%
Molecular and Cellular Biologist5,530 EUR+140%
Nuclear Pharmacist3,410 EUR+48%
Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Lead6,450 EUR+180%
Pharmaceutical Operations Excellence Manager5,790 EUR+150%
Pharmaceutical Process Engineer3,130 EUR+36%
Pharmaceutical Production Assistant Manager3,920 EUR+70%
Pharmaceutical Quality Auditor3,880 EUR+68%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Assistant2,800 EUR+21%
Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs Specialist3,120 EUR+35%
Pharmaceutical Research Associate3,540 EUR+53%
Pharmaceutical Research Scientist5,230 EUR+130%
Pharmaceutical Researcher5,190 EUR+120%
Pharmaceutical Sales and Marketing Manager4,280 EUR+85%
Pharmaceutical Sales Manager4,840 EUR+110%
Pharmaceutical Sales Representative2,350 EUR+2%
Pharmaceutical Supply Chain Manager5,190 EUR+120%
Pharmaceutical Team Leader3,950 EUR+71%
Pharmaceutical Technologist2,650 EUR+15%
Pharmacist3,510 EUR+52%
Pharmacy Aide2,360 EUR+2%
Pharmacy Manager4,830 EUR+110%
Pharmacy Stock Controller1,950 EUR-16%
Pharmacy Technician2,070 EUR-10%
Records Management Coordinator1,930 EUR-16%
Shift Encapsulator2,080 EUR-10%
Staff Pharmacist3,450 EUR+49%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Funchal2,020 EUR
Lisbon2,600 EUR
Porto2,340 EUR
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