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Engineer Average Salary in Sri Lanka 2020

How much money does an Engineer make in Sri Lanka?

Average Monthly Salary
107,000 LKR
( 1,280,000 LKR yearly)


A person working as an Engineer in Sri Lanka typically earns around 107,000 LKR per month. Salaries range from 49,000 LKR (lowest) to 169,000 LKR (highest).

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

Engineer Salary Distribution in Sri Lanka

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineer salaries in Sri Lanka range from 49,000 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 169,000 LKR per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 115,000 LKR per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Engineer(s) are earning less than 115,000 LKR while the other half are earning more than 115,000 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 Engineer(s) are earning less than 73,800 LKR while 75% of them are earning more than 73,800 LKR. Also from the diagram, 75% of Engineer(s) are earning less than 154,000 LKR while 25% are earning more than 154,000 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

Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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

An Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 55,600 LKR per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 74,300 LKR 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 110,000 LKR 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, Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 134,000 LKR 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 146,000 LKR 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 158,000 LKR per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Engineer average salary change by experience in Sri Lanka

0 - 2 Years
55,600 LKR
2 - 5 Years+34%
74,300 LKR
5 - 10 Years+48%
110,000 LKR
10 - 15 Years+22%
134,000 LKR
15 - 20 Years+9%
146,000 LKR
20+ Years+8%
158,000 LKR
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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Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

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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 Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Engineer is 64,700 LKR per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 125,000 LKR per month, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Engineer average salary difference by education level in Sri Lanka

Bachelor's Degree
64,700 LKR
Master's Degree+93%
125,000 LKR
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 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 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

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Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Sri Lanka 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 Engineer employees in Sri Lanka earn 26% more than their female counterparts.

94,200 LKR
119,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Sri Lanka for all Careers

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Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Sri Lanka

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


Engineer(s) in Sri Lanka are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 12% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Sri Lanka Engineer
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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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Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Sri Lanka

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

43% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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
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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Engineer 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

Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Sri Lanka

How are Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Sri Lanka Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
92,100 LKR
Average Salary 2017+4%
95,500 LKR
Average Salary 2018+4%
99,100 LKR
Average Salary 2019+4%
103,000 LKR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineer salaries in Sri Lanka 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.

Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Sri Lanka

610 LKR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Sri Lanka is 610 LKR. This means that the average Engineer in Sri Lanka earns approximately 610 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.

Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineer and Engineering monthly Sri Lanka
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The average salary for Engineer is 4% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer107,000 LKR+0%
Assembly Engineering Technician91,700 LKR-14%
Assistant Chief Engineer112,000 LKR+5%
Associate Engineer99,400 LKR-7%
Autocad Operator83,100 LKR-22%
Automation Engineer129,000 LKR+21%
Avionic System Support Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Biochemical Engineer116,000 LKR+9%
BMS Engineer114,000 LKR+7%
Bridge and Lock Tender109,000 LKR+2%
Broadcast Engineer124,000 LKR+16%
CAD Design Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
CAD Designer85,800 LKR-19%
CAE Engineer105,000 LKR-1%
Ceramics Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Civil Engineer104,000 LKR-2%
Commissioning Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Communications Engineer117,000 LKR+10%
Condition Monitoring Engineer92,000 LKR-14%
Contract Associate Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Control Systems Engineer114,000 LKR+7%
Controls Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Controls Software Engineer111,000 LKR+4%
Corrosion Engineer98,800 LKR-7%
Design Engineer114,000 LKR+7%
Drafter82,800 LKR-22%
Drafting Manager125,000 LKR+17%
Drilling Engineer102,000 LKR-4%
Electrical Draughtsman69,200 LKR-35%
Electrical Engineer115,000 LKR+8%
Electrical Engineering Manager134,000 LKR+26%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist118,000 LKR+11%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler102,000 LKR-4%
Energy Engineer122,000 LKR+14%
Engine Assembler81,000 LKR-24%
Engineer107,000 LKR+0%
Engineering Account Manager99,800 LKR-6%
Engineering Chief Designer112,000 LKR+5%
Engineering Consultant119,000 LKR+12%
Engineering Key Account Manager130,000 LKR+22%
Engineering Lab Technician92,700 LKR-13%
Engineering Planning Manager129,000 LKR+21%
Engineering Production Manager130,000 LKR+22%
Engineering Project Analyst117,000 LKR+10%
Engineering Project Coordinator 104,000 LKR-2%
Engineering Project Director129,000 LKR+21%
Engineering Project Manager137,000 LKR+29%
Engineering Research and Development Manager137,000 LKR+29%
Engineering Safety Coordinator99,300 LKR-7%
Engineering Sales Manager127,000 LKR+19%
Engineering Technician100,000 LKR-6%
Engineering Technologist98,100 LKR-8%
Environmental Engineer113,000 LKR+6%
Equipment Engineer104,000 LKR-2%
Equipment Engineering Manager127,000 LKR+19%
Estimator107,000 LKR+0%
Fabrication Specialist92,100 LKR-14%
Fabricator80,600 LKR-24%
Facade Engineer112,000 LKR+5%
Fiber Analyst93,400 LKR-12%
Field Engineer105,000 LKR-1%
Field Engineering Manager139,000 LKR+30%
Fire Engineer116,000 LKR+9%
Fitter and Turner60,400 LKR-43%
Forestry Strategic Planner122,000 LKR+14%
Generation Engineer131,000 LKR+23%
Genetic Engineer133,000 LKR+25%
Geological Engineer124,000 LKR+16%
Geotechnical Engineer124,000 LKR+16%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic88,600 LKR-17%
Highway Engineer102,000 LKR-4%
HSE Professional98,900 LKR-7%
HVAC Engineer115,000 LKR+8%
HVAC Supervisor103,000 LKR-3%
Industrial Engineer107,000 LKR+0%
Industrial Engineering Technologist103,000 LKR-3%
Instrument Engineer115,000 LKR+8%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Instrumentation Engineer120,000 LKR+13%
Instrumentation Manager128,000 LKR+20%
Irrigation Engineer108,000 LKR+1%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer116,000 LKR+9%
Locomotive Engineer109,000 LKR+2%
Maintenance Engineer107,000 LKR+0%
Maintenance Fitter72,200 LKR-32%
Maintenance Manager127,000 LKR+19%
Manufacturing Engineer123,000 LKR+15%
Marine Engineer104,000 LKR-2%
Materials Engineer99,000 LKR-7%
Materials Researcher117,000 LKR+10%
Materials Technician105,000 LKR-1%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer121,000 LKR+14%
Mechanical Design Engineer115,000 LKR+8%
Mechanical Designer101,000 LKR-5%
Mechanical Engineer111,000 LKR+4%
Mechanical Engineering Manager130,000 LKR+22%
Mechanical Inspector110,000 LKR+3%
Mechatronics Engineer105,000 LKR-1%
Mining Engineer94,800 LKR-11%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer118,000 LKR+11%
Optical Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Optical Instrument Assembler93,200 LKR-13%
PCB Assembler75,100 LKR-30%
Photonics Engineer119,000 LKR+12%
Photonics Technician97,000 LKR-9%
Pipeline Engineer108,000 LKR+1%
Piping Designer95,800 LKR-10%
Piping Engineer109,000 LKR+2%
Planning Engineer104,000 LKR-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector68,700 LKR-36%
Principal Cost Engineer121,000 LKR+14%
Principal Engineer113,000 LKR+6%
Principal Support Engineer99,400 LKR-7%
Process Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Process Operator95,100 LKR-11%
Product Development Engineer113,000 LKR+6%
Product Development Technician97,000 LKR-9%
Product Engineer102,000 LKR-4%
Product Safety Engineer105,000 LKR-1%
Production Engineer113,000 LKR+6%
Project Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Proposal Manager126,000 LKR+18%
Purchasing Engineer108,000 LKR+1%
Quality Assurance Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Rail Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Robotics Engineer124,000 LKR+16%
Robotics Technician102,000 LKR-4%
Safety Engineer102,000 LKR-4%
Safety Inspector98,900 LKR-7%
Safety Manager114,000 LKR+7%
Safety Officer87,700 LKR-18%
Sales Engineer109,000 LKR+2%
Scheduling Engineer97,000 LKR-9%
Service Engineer120,000 LKR+13%
Solar Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Staff Engineer105,000 LKR-1%
Static Equipment Engineer99,400 LKR-7%
Stationary Engineer97,900 LKR-8%
Stress Engineer96,400 LKR-10%
Structural Analysis Engineer107,000 LKR+0%
Structural Designer93,500 LKR-12%
Structural Engineer109,000 LKR+2%
Structural Technician90,300 LKR-15%
Supply Chain Specialist118,000 LKR+11%
Surveyor83,000 LKR-22%
Technical Affairs Officer89,100 LKR-16%
Technical Assistant93,200 LKR-13%
Technical Engineer97,000 LKR-9%
Technical Support Engineer93,500 LKR-12%
Tender Engineer100,000 LKR-6%
Test Development Engineer102,000 LKR-4%
Transportation Engineer110,000 LKR+3%
Validation Engineer105,000 LKR-1%
Verification Engineer103,000 LKR-3%
Wastewater Engineer107,000 LKR+0%
Wind Energy Engineer111,000 LKR+4%
Wind Energy Operations Manager129,000 LKR+21%
Work Planner79,100 LKR-26%

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