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 salaries in Sri Lanka range from 49,000 LKR per month (minimum salary) to 169,000 LKR per month (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Engineer employees in Sri Lanka earn 8% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
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.
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 Engineer is 4% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||107,000 LKR||+0%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||91,700 LKR||-14%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||112,000 LKR||+5%|
|Associate Engineer||99,400 LKR||-7%|
|Autocad Operator||83,100 LKR||-22%|
|Automation Engineer||129,000 LKR||+21%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Biochemical Engineer||116,000 LKR||+9%|
|BMS Engineer||114,000 LKR||+7%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||109,000 LKR||+2%|
|Broadcast Engineer||124,000 LKR||+16%|
|CAD Design Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|CAD Designer||85,800 LKR||-19%|
|CAE Engineer||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Ceramics Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Civil Engineer||104,000 LKR||-2%|
|Commissioning Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Communications Engineer||117,000 LKR||+10%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||92,000 LKR||-14%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Control Systems Engineer||114,000 LKR||+7%|
|Controls Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Controls Software Engineer||111,000 LKR||+4%|
|Corrosion Engineer||98,800 LKR||-7%|
|Design Engineer||114,000 LKR||+7%|
|Drafting Manager||125,000 LKR||+17%|
|Drilling Engineer||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||69,200 LKR||-35%|
|Electrical Engineer||115,000 LKR||+8%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||134,000 LKR||+26%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||118,000 LKR||+11%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|Energy Engineer||122,000 LKR||+14%|
|Engine Assembler||81,000 LKR||-24%|
|Engineering Account Manager||99,800 LKR||-6%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||112,000 LKR||+5%|
|Engineering Consultant||119,000 LKR||+12%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||130,000 LKR||+22%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||92,700 LKR||-13%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||129,000 LKR||+21%|
|Engineering Production Manager||130,000 LKR||+22%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||117,000 LKR||+10%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||104,000 LKR||-2%|
|Engineering Project Director||129,000 LKR||+21%|
|Engineering Project Manager||137,000 LKR||+29%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||137,000 LKR||+29%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||99,300 LKR||-7%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||127,000 LKR||+19%|
|Engineering Technician||100,000 LKR||-6%|
|Engineering Technologist||98,100 LKR||-8%|
|Environmental Engineer||113,000 LKR||+6%|
|Equipment Engineer||104,000 LKR||-2%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||127,000 LKR||+19%|
|Fabrication Specialist||92,100 LKR||-14%|
|Facade Engineer||112,000 LKR||+5%|
|Fiber Analyst||93,400 LKR||-12%|
|Field Engineer||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Field Engineering Manager||139,000 LKR||+30%|
|Fire Engineer||116,000 LKR||+9%|
|Fitter and Turner||60,400 LKR||-43%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||122,000 LKR||+14%|
|Generation Engineer||131,000 LKR||+23%|
|Genetic Engineer||133,000 LKR||+25%|
|Geological Engineer||124,000 LKR||+16%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||124,000 LKR||+16%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||88,600 LKR||-17%|
|Highway Engineer||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|HSE Professional||98,900 LKR||-7%|
|HVAC Engineer||115,000 LKR||+8%|
|HVAC Supervisor||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Industrial Engineer||107,000 LKR||+0%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Instrument Engineer||115,000 LKR||+8%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||120,000 LKR||+13%|
|Instrumentation Manager||128,000 LKR||+20%|
|Irrigation Engineer||108,000 LKR||+1%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||116,000 LKR||+9%|
|Locomotive Engineer||109,000 LKR||+2%|
|Maintenance Engineer||107,000 LKR||+0%|
|Maintenance Fitter||72,200 LKR||-32%|
|Maintenance Manager||127,000 LKR||+19%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||123,000 LKR||+15%|
|Marine Engineer||104,000 LKR||-2%|
|Materials Engineer||99,000 LKR||-7%|
|Materials Researcher||117,000 LKR||+10%|
|Materials Technician||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||121,000 LKR||+14%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||115,000 LKR||+8%|
|Mechanical Designer||101,000 LKR||-5%|
|Mechanical Engineer||111,000 LKR||+4%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||130,000 LKR||+22%|
|Mechanical Inspector||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Mining Engineer||94,800 LKR||-11%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||118,000 LKR||+11%|
|Optical Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||93,200 LKR||-13%|
|PCB Assembler||75,100 LKR||-30%|
|Photonics Engineer||119,000 LKR||+12%|
|Photonics Technician||97,000 LKR||-9%|
|Pipeline Engineer||108,000 LKR||+1%|
|Piping Designer||95,800 LKR||-10%|
|Piping Engineer||109,000 LKR||+2%|
|Planning Engineer||104,000 LKR||-2%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||68,700 LKR||-36%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||121,000 LKR||+14%|
|Principal Engineer||113,000 LKR||+6%|
|Principal Support Engineer||99,400 LKR||-7%|
|Process Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Process Operator||95,100 LKR||-11%|
|Product Development Engineer||113,000 LKR||+6%|
|Product Development Technician||97,000 LKR||-9%|
|Product Engineer||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|Product Safety Engineer||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Production Engineer||113,000 LKR||+6%|
|Project Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Proposal Manager||126,000 LKR||+18%|
|Purchasing Engineer||108,000 LKR||+1%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Rail Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Robotics Engineer||124,000 LKR||+16%|
|Robotics Technician||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|Safety Engineer||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|Safety Inspector||98,900 LKR||-7%|
|Safety Manager||114,000 LKR||+7%|
|Safety Officer||87,700 LKR||-18%|
|Sales Engineer||109,000 LKR||+2%|
|Scheduling Engineer||97,000 LKR||-9%|
|Service Engineer||120,000 LKR||+13%|
|Solar Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Staff Engineer||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||99,400 LKR||-7%|
|Stationary Engineer||97,900 LKR||-8%|
|Stress Engineer||96,400 LKR||-10%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||107,000 LKR||+0%|
|Structural Designer||93,500 LKR||-12%|
|Structural Engineer||109,000 LKR||+2%|
|Structural Technician||90,300 LKR||-15%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||118,000 LKR||+11%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||89,100 LKR||-16%|
|Technical Assistant||93,200 LKR||-13%|
|Technical Engineer||97,000 LKR||-9%|
|Technical Support Engineer||93,500 LKR||-12%|
|Tender Engineer||100,000 LKR||-6%|
|Test Development Engineer||102,000 LKR||-4%|
|Transportation Engineer||110,000 LKR||+3%|
|Validation Engineer||105,000 LKR||-1%|
|Verification Engineer||103,000 LKR||-3%|
|Wastewater Engineer||107,000 LKR||+0%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||111,000 LKR||+4%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||129,000 LKR||+21%|
|Work Planner||79,100 LKR||-26%|