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Engineering Average Salaries in Puerto Rico 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Puerto Rico?

Average Yearly Salary
17,000 USD
( 1,420 USD monthly)


A person working in Engineering in Puerto Rico typically earns around 17,000 USD per year. Salaries range from 5,390 USD (lowest average) to 36,000 USD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly 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 Engineer16,100 USD
Assembly Engineering Technician13,600 USD
Assistant Chief Engineer19,300 USD
Associate Engineer15,100 USD
Autocad Operator11,100 USD
Automation Engineer18,900 USD
Avionic System Support Engineer16,400 USD
Biochemical Engineer15,700 USD
BMS Engineer16,500 USD
Bridge and Lock Tender8,890 USD
Broadcast Engineer17,000 USD
CAD Design Engineer17,800 USD
CAD Designer10,500 USD
CAE Engineer16,500 USD
Ceramics Engineer15,400 USD
Civil Engineer16,900 USD
Commissioning Engineer17,200 USD
Communications Engineer18,200 USD
Condition Monitoring Engineer14,900 USD
Contract Associate Engineer16,000 USD
Control Systems Engineer17,000 USD
Controls Engineer17,000 USD
Controls Software Engineer14,800 USD
Corrosion Engineer16,200 USD
Design Engineer18,100 USD
Drafter10,800 USD
Drafting Manager19,400 USD
Drilling Engineer16,800 USD
Electrical Draughtsman8,770 USD
Electrical Engineer18,500 USD
Electrical Engineering Manager23,600 USD
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist18,600 USD
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler8,840 USD
Energy Engineer17,700 USD
Engine Assembler7,360 USD
Engineer18,700 USD
Engineering Account Manager19,700 USD
Engineering Chief Designer18,600 USD
Engineering Consultant23,400 USD
Engineering Key Account Manager25,500 USD
Engineering Lab Technician16,400 USD
Engineering Planning Manager22,900 USD
Engineering Production Manager29,900 USD
Engineering Project Analyst20,700 USD
Engineering Project Coordinator 20,500 USD
Engineering Project Director35,100 USD
Engineering Project Manager23,100 USD
Engineering Research and Development Manager26,400 USD
Engineering Safety Coordinator12,800 USD
Engineering Sales Manager23,100 USD
Engineering Technician12,800 USD
Engineering Technologist12,800 USD
Environmental Engineer17,000 USD
Equipment Engineer15,400 USD
Equipment Engineering Manager21,700 USD
Estimator14,200 USD
Fabrication Specialist12,600 USD
Fabricator7,890 USD
Facade Engineer17,200 USD
Fiber Analyst10,200 USD
Field Engineer18,400 USD
Field Engineering Manager29,200 USD
Fire Engineer17,800 USD
Fitter and Turner5,550 USD
Forestry Strategic Planner19,200 USD
Generation Engineer16,700 USD
Genetic Engineer18,500 USD
Geological Engineer17,800 USD
Geotechnical Engineer18,000 USD
Heavy Equipment Mechanic8,980 USD
Highway Engineer16,400 USD
HSE Professional16,500 USD
HVAC Engineer18,900 USD
HVAC Supervisor15,400 USD
Industrial Engineer16,700 USD
Industrial Engineering Technologist16,200 USD
Instrument Engineer17,100 USD
Instrumentation and Control Engineer17,500 USD
Instrumentation Engineer17,100 USD
Instrumentation Manager16,700 USD
Irrigation Engineer16,400 USD
Licensed Aircraft Engineer18,600 USD
Locomotive Engineer16,200 USD
Maintenance Engineer15,400 USD
Maintenance Fitter5,830 USD
Maintenance Manager16,400 USD
Manufacturing Engineer17,100 USD
Marine Engineer17,400 USD
Materials Engineer16,500 USD
Materials Researcher15,300 USD
Materials Technician12,900 USD
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer18,100 USD
Mechanical Design Engineer18,000 USD
Mechanical Designer14,200 USD
Mechanical Engineer17,500 USD
Mechanical Engineering Manager24,900 USD
Mechanical Inspector17,100 USD
Mechatronics Engineer18,400 USD
Mining Engineer17,700 USD
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer18,400 USD
Optical Engineer16,000 USD
Optical Instrument Assembler8,990 USD
PCB Assembler6,440 USD
Photonics Engineer18,500 USD
Photonics Technician14,700 USD
Pipeline Engineer16,200 USD
Piping Designer9,360 USD
Piping Engineer15,400 USD
Planning Engineer17,500 USD
Pressure Vessel Inspector7,980 USD
Principal Cost Engineer17,100 USD
Principal Engineer17,500 USD
Principal Support Engineer17,100 USD
Process Engineer16,200 USD
Process Operator10,200 USD
Product Development Engineer18,400 USD
Product Development Technician12,300 USD
Product Engineer18,000 USD
Product Safety Engineer16,000 USD
Production Engineer17,200 USD
Project Engineer17,800 USD
Proposal Manager22,900 USD
Purchasing Engineer15,900 USD
Quality Assurance Engineer16,200 USD
Rail Engineer17,800 USD
Robotics Engineer20,100 USD
Robotics Technician14,200 USD
Safety Engineer17,200 USD
Safety Inspector13,800 USD
Safety Manager21,000 USD
Safety Officer9,060 USD
Sales Engineer18,000 USD
Scheduling Engineer15,000 USD
Service Engineer18,600 USD
Solar Engineer18,700 USD
Staff Engineer17,500 USD
Static Equipment Engineer16,800 USD
Stationary Engineer15,200 USD
Stress Engineer15,700 USD
Structural Analysis Engineer16,100 USD
Structural Designer14,400 USD
Structural Engineer17,400 USD
Structural Technician11,100 USD
Supply Chain Specialist17,000 USD
Surveyor12,400 USD
Technical Affairs Officer8,990 USD
Technical Assistant8,330 USD
Technical Engineer15,300 USD
Technical Support Engineer14,900 USD
Tender Engineer14,700 USD
Test Development Engineer17,000 USD
Transportation Engineer16,000 USD
Validation Engineer15,500 USD
Verification Engineer15,600 USD
Wastewater Engineer16,500 USD
Wind Energy Engineer17,500 USD
Wind Energy Operations Manager22,400 USD
Work Planner11,800 USD

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Puerto Rico

Median and salary distribution yearly Puerto Rico Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Puerto Rico range from 5,390 USD per year (minimum average salary) to 36,000 USD per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 17,700 USD per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 17,700 USD while the other half are earning more than 17,700 USD. 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 10,400 USD while 75% of them are earning more than 10,400 USD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 27,900 USD while 25% are earning more than 27,900 USD.

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 Puerto Rico costs anywhere from 8,390 US Dollar(s) to 25,200 US Dollar(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 yearly Puerto Rico 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 Puerto Rico who work in Engineering earn 9% more than their female counterparts on average.

18,000 USD
16,500 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Puerto Rico for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly Puerto Rico
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Puerto Rico

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


Engineering professionals in Puerto Rico are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Puerto Rico 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.

Puerto Rico / 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 Puerto Rico is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

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

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

63% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 37% 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 Puerto Rico

8 USD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Puerto Rico is 8 USD. This means that the average person in Puerto Rico earns approximately 8 USD 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 yearly Puerto Rico
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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 Puerto Rico earn 21% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
18,300 USD
Public Sector+21%
22,200 USD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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