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Engineering Average Salaries in Sri Lanka 2020

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Sri Lanka?

Average Monthly Salary
103,000 LKR
( 1,230,000 LKR yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Sri Lanka typically earns around 103,000 LKR per month. Salaries range from 56,800 LKR (lowest average) to 136,000 LKR (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 Engineer107,000 LKR
Assembly Engineering Technician91,700 LKR
Assistant Chief Engineer112,000 LKR
Associate Engineer99,400 LKR
Autocad Operator83,100 LKR
Automation Engineer117,000 LKR
Avionic System Support Engineer103,000 LKR
Biochemical Engineer116,000 LKR
BMS Engineer114,000 LKR
Bridge and Lock Tender109,000 LKR
Broadcast Engineer124,000 LKR
CAD Design Engineer103,000 LKR
CAD Designer85,800 LKR
CAE Engineer105,000 LKR
Ceramics Engineer103,000 LKR
Civil Engineer104,000 LKR
Commissioning Engineer110,000 LKR
Communications Engineer117,000 LKR
Condition Monitoring Engineer92,000 LKR
Contract Associate Engineer110,000 LKR
Control Systems Engineer114,000 LKR
Controls Engineer110,000 LKR
Controls Software Engineer111,000 LKR
Corrosion Engineer98,800 LKR
Design Engineer114,000 LKR
Drafter82,800 LKR
Drafting Manager125,000 LKR
Drilling Engineer102,000 LKR
Electrical Draughtsman69,200 LKR
Electrical Engineer115,000 LKR
Electrical Engineering Manager134,000 LKR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist118,000 LKR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler102,000 LKR
Energy Engineer122,000 LKR
Engine Assembler81,000 LKR
Engineer107,000 LKR
Engineering Account Manager99,800 LKR
Engineering Chief Designer112,000 LKR
Engineering Consultant119,000 LKR
Engineering Key Account Manager130,000 LKR
Engineering Lab Technician92,700 LKR
Engineering Planning Manager129,000 LKR
Engineering Production Manager130,000 LKR
Engineering Project Analyst117,000 LKR
Engineering Project Coordinator 104,000 LKR
Engineering Project Director129,000 LKR
Engineering Project Manager137,000 LKR
Engineering Research and Development Manager137,000 LKR
Engineering Safety Coordinator99,300 LKR
Engineering Sales Manager127,000 LKR
Engineering Technician100,000 LKR
Engineering Technologist98,100 LKR
Environmental Engineer113,000 LKR
Equipment Engineer104,000 LKR
Equipment Engineering Manager127,000 LKR
Estimator107,000 LKR
Fabrication Specialist92,100 LKR
Fabricator80,600 LKR
Facade Engineer112,000 LKR
Fiber Analyst93,400 LKR
Field Engineer105,000 LKR
Field Engineering Manager139,000 LKR
Fire Engineer116,000 LKR
Fitter and Turner60,400 LKR
Forestry Strategic Planner122,000 LKR
Generation Engineer131,000 LKR
Genetic Engineer133,000 LKR
Geological Engineer124,000 LKR
Geotechnical Engineer124,000 LKR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic88,600 LKR
Highway Engineer102,000 LKR
HSE Professional98,900 LKR
HVAC Engineer115,000 LKR
HVAC Supervisor103,000 LKR
Industrial Engineer107,000 LKR
Industrial Engineering Technologist103,000 LKR
Instrument Engineer115,000 LKR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer110,000 LKR
Instrumentation Engineer120,000 LKR
Instrumentation Manager128,000 LKR
Irrigation Engineer108,000 LKR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer116,000 LKR
Locomotive Engineer109,000 LKR
Maintenance Engineer107,000 LKR
Maintenance Fitter72,200 LKR
Maintenance Manager127,000 LKR
Manufacturing Engineer123,000 LKR
Marine Engineer104,000 LKR
Materials Engineer99,000 LKR
Materials Researcher117,000 LKR
Materials Technician105,000 LKR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer121,000 LKR
Mechanical Design Engineer115,000 LKR
Mechanical Designer101,000 LKR
Mechanical Engineer111,000 LKR
Mechanical Engineering Manager130,000 LKR
Mechanical Inspector110,000 LKR
Mechatronics Engineer105,000 LKR
Mining Engineer94,800 LKR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer118,000 LKR
Optical Engineer103,000 LKR
Optical Instrument Assembler93,200 LKR
PCB Assembler75,100 LKR
Photonics Engineer119,000 LKR
Photonics Technician97,000 LKR
Pipeline Engineer108,000 LKR
Piping Designer95,800 LKR
Piping Engineer109,000 LKR
Planning Engineer104,000 LKR
Pressure Vessel Inspector68,700 LKR
Principal Cost Engineer121,000 LKR
Principal Engineer113,000 LKR
Principal Support Engineer99,400 LKR
Process Engineer103,000 LKR
Process Operator95,100 LKR
Product Development Engineer113,000 LKR
Product Development Technician97,000 LKR
Product Engineer102,000 LKR
Product Safety Engineer105,000 LKR
Production Engineer113,000 LKR
Project Engineer110,000 LKR
Proposal Manager126,000 LKR
Purchasing Engineer108,000 LKR
Quality Assurance Engineer103,000 LKR
Rail Engineer103,000 LKR
Robotics Engineer124,000 LKR
Robotics Technician102,000 LKR
Safety Engineer102,000 LKR
Safety Inspector98,900 LKR
Safety Manager114,000 LKR
Safety Officer87,700 LKR
Sales Engineer109,000 LKR
Scheduling Engineer97,000 LKR
Service Engineer120,000 LKR
Solar Engineer110,000 LKR
Staff Engineer105,000 LKR
Static Equipment Engineer99,400 LKR
Stationary Engineer97,900 LKR
Stress Engineer96,400 LKR
Structural Analysis Engineer107,000 LKR
Structural Designer93,500 LKR
Structural Engineer109,000 LKR
Structural Technician90,300 LKR
Supply Chain Specialist118,000 LKR
Surveyor83,000 LKR
Technical Affairs Officer89,100 LKR
Technical Assistant93,200 LKR
Technical Engineer97,000 LKR
Technical Support Engineer93,500 LKR
Tender Engineer100,000 LKR
Test Development Engineer102,000 LKR
Transportation Engineer110,000 LKR
Validation Engineer105,000 LKR
Verification Engineer103,000 LKR
Wastewater Engineer107,000 LKR
Wind Energy Engineer111,000 LKR
Wind Energy Operations Manager129,000 LKR
Work Planner79,100 LKR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Sri Lanka

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Sri Lanka range from 56,800 LKR per month (minimum average salary) to 136,000 LKR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 105,000 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 105,000 LKR while the other half are earning more than 105,000 LKR. 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 72,700 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 72,700 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 123,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 123,000 LKR.

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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Sri Lanka costs anywhere from 577,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(s) to 1,730,000 Sri Lanka Rupee(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 Sri Lanka 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 earn 15% more than their female counterparts.

94,100 LKR
108,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

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


Engineering professionals in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka 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.

Sri Lanka / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka
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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 Sri Lanka is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Sri Lanka 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Sri Lanka

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

48% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 52% 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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries monthly Sri Lanka
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
111,000 LKR
Public Sector+8%
119,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in Sri Lanka

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sri Lanka Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
91,200 LKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
94,600 LKR
Average Salary 2018+3%
97,200 LKR
Average Salary 2019+2%
99,100 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in Sri Lanka are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Sri Lanka

590 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 590 LKR. This means that the average person in Sri Lanka earns approximately 590 LKR 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 Sri Lanka
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Colombo122,000 LKR
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