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Mechanical Engineer Average Salary in United Kingdom 2020

How much money does a Mechanical Engineer make in United Kingdom?

Average Yearly Salary
114,000 GBP
( 9,540 GBP monthly)


A person working as a Mechanical Engineer in United Kingdom typically earns around 114,000 GBP per year. Salaries range from 52,600 GBP (lowest) to 182,000 GBP (highest).

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

Mechanical Engineer Salary Distribution in United Kingdom

Median and salary distribution yearly United Kingdom Mechanical Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Mechanical Engineer salaries in United Kingdom range from 52,600 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 182,000 GBP per year (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 124,000 GBP per year, which means that half (50%) of people working as Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 124,000 GBP while the other half are earning more than 124,000 GBP. 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 Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 79,300 GBP while 75% of them are earning more than 79,300 GBP. Also from the diagram, 75% of Mechanical Engineer(s) are earning less than 165,000 GBP while 25% are earning more than 165,000 GBP.

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

Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience yearly United Kingdom Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Mechanical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 59,700 GBP per year.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 79,800 GBP per year, 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 118,000 GBP per year, 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, Mechanical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 144,000 GBP per year, 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 157,000 GBP per year, 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 170,000 GBP per year, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Mechanical Engineer average salary change by experience in United Kingdom

0 - 2 Years
59,700 GBP
2 - 5 Years+34%
79,800 GBP
5 - 10 Years+48%
118,000 GBP
10 - 15 Years+22%
144,000 GBP
15 - 20 Years+9%
157,000 GBP
20+ Years+8%
170,000 GBP
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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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level yearly United Kingdom Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Mechanical Engineer is 69,400 GBP per year.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 134,000 GBP per year, 93% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.

Mechanical Engineer average salary difference by education level in United Kingdom

Bachelor's Degree
69,400 GBP
Master's Degree+93%
134,000 GBP
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 United Kingdom costs anywhere from 49,700 Pound Sterling(s) to 149,000 Pound Sterling(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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Mechanical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender yearly United Kingdom Mechanical 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 Mechanical Engineer employees in United Kingdom earn 5% more than their female counterparts.

111,000 GBP
117,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in United Kingdom for all Careers

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Mechanical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in United Kingdom

How much are annual salary increments in United Kingdom for Mechanical Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Mechanical Engineer

Mechanical Engineer(s) in United Kingdom are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 13% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom Mechanical 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.

United Kingdom / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate United Kingdom
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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 United Kingdom is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in United Kingdom 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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Mechanical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in United Kingdom

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate United Kingdom Mechanical Engineer
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A Mechanical 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.

39% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 61% 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 Mechanical Engineer employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
117,000 GBP
Public Sector+4%
122,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Mechanical Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in United Kingdom

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

Salary trends and forecast yearly United Kingdom Mechanical Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
98,900 GBP
Average Salary 2017+4%
103,000 GBP
Average Salary 2018+4%
106,000 GBP
Average Salary 2019+4%
110,000 GBP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Mechanical Engineer salaries in United Kingdom 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.

Mechanical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in United Kingdom

55 GBP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in United Kingdom is 55 GBP. This means that the average Mechanical Engineer in United Kingdom earns approximately 55 GBP 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.

Mechanical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Mechanical Engineer and Engineering yearly United Kingdom
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The average salary for Mechanical Engineer is 8% 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 Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
Assembly Engineering Technician99,300 GBP-13%
Assistant Chief Engineer113,000 GBP-1%
Associate Engineer103,000 GBP-10%
Autocad Operator90,000 GBP-21%
Automation Engineer114,000 GBP-0%
Avionic System Support Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Biochemical Engineer122,000 GBP+7%
BMS Engineer119,000 GBP+4%
Bridge and Lock Tender104,000 GBP-9%
Broadcast Engineer119,000 GBP+4%
CAD Design Engineer108,000 GBP-6%
CAD Designer83,300 GBP-27%
CAE Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Ceramics Engineer105,000 GBP-8%
Civil Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
Commissioning Engineer103,000 GBP-10%
Communications Engineer115,000 GBP+1%
Condition Monitoring Engineer92,300 GBP-19%
Contract Associate Engineer116,000 GBP+1%
Control Systems Engineer115,000 GBP+1%
Controls Engineer113,000 GBP-1%
Controls Software Engineer104,000 GBP-9%
Corrosion Engineer107,000 GBP-6%
Design Engineer122,000 GBP+7%
Drafter81,800 GBP-29%
Drafting Manager126,000 GBP+10%
Drilling Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Electrical Draughtsman66,900 GBP-42%
Electrical Engineer117,000 GBP+2%
Electrical Engineering Manager141,000 GBP+23%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist124,000 GBP+8%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler99,200 GBP-13%
Energy Engineer121,000 GBP+6%
Engine Assembler79,700 GBP-30%
Engineer103,000 GBP-10%
Engineering Account Manager106,000 GBP-7%
Engineering Chief Designer117,000 GBP+2%
Engineering Consultant123,000 GBP+7%
Engineering Key Account Manager122,000 GBP+7%
Engineering Lab Technician98,100 GBP-14%
Engineering Planning Manager140,000 GBP+22%
Engineering Production Manager137,000 GBP+20%
Engineering Project Analyst120,000 GBP+5%
Engineering Project Coordinator 107,000 GBP-6%
Engineering Project Director133,000 GBP+16%
Engineering Project Manager129,000 GBP+13%
Engineering Research and Development Manager135,000 GBP+18%
Engineering Safety Coordinator95,400 GBP-17%
Engineering Sales Manager128,000 GBP+12%
Engineering Technician94,400 GBP-18%
Engineering Technologist97,600 GBP-15%
Environmental Engineer112,000 GBP-2%
Equipment Engineer106,000 GBP-7%
Equipment Engineering Manager133,000 GBP+16%
Estimator103,000 GBP-10%
Fabrication Specialist91,700 GBP-20%
Fabricator82,100 GBP-28%
Facade Engineer116,000 GBP+1%
Fiber Analyst92,000 GBP-20%
Field Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Field Engineering Manager138,000 GBP+21%
Fire Engineer112,000 GBP-2%
Fitter and Turner59,900 GBP-48%
Forestry Strategic Planner125,000 GBP+9%
Generation Engineer132,000 GBP+15%
Genetic Engineer129,000 GBP+13%
Geological Engineer121,000 GBP+6%
Geotechnical Engineer126,000 GBP+10%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic85,400 GBP-25%
Highway Engineer95,900 GBP-16%
HSE Professional93,000 GBP-19%
HVAC Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
HVAC Supervisor112,000 GBP-2%
Industrial Engineer106,000 GBP-7%
Industrial Engineering Technologist108,000 GBP-6%
Instrument Engineer115,000 GBP+1%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer111,000 GBP-3%
Instrumentation Engineer121,000 GBP+6%
Instrumentation Manager136,000 GBP+19%
Irrigation Engineer109,000 GBP-5%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer109,000 GBP-5%
Locomotive Engineer108,000 GBP-6%
Maintenance Engineer100,000 GBP-13%
Maintenance Fitter69,800 GBP-39%
Maintenance Manager124,000 GBP+8%
Manufacturing Engineer118,000 GBP+3%
Marine Engineer103,000 GBP-10%
Materials Engineer99,700 GBP-13%
Materials Researcher117,000 GBP+2%
Materials Technician102,000 GBP-11%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer120,000 GBP+5%
Mechanical Design Engineer121,000 GBP+6%
Mechanical Designer97,700 GBP-15%
Mechanical Engineer114,000 GBP-0%
Mechanical Engineering Manager137,000 GBP+20%
Mechanical Inspector113,000 GBP-1%
Mechatronics Engineer109,000 GBP-5%
Mining Engineer95,500 GBP-17%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer118,000 GBP+3%
Optical Engineer97,300 GBP-15%
Optical Instrument Assembler89,800 GBP-22%
PCB Assembler77,200 GBP-33%
Photonics Engineer118,000 GBP+3%
Photonics Technician98,900 GBP-14%
Pipeline Engineer109,000 GBP-5%
Piping Designer89,800 GBP-22%
Piping Engineer104,000 GBP-9%
Planning Engineer106,000 GBP-7%
Pressure Vessel Inspector74,400 GBP-35%
Principal Cost Engineer123,000 GBP+7%
Principal Engineer114,000 GBP-0%
Principal Support Engineer103,000 GBP-10%
Process Engineer105,000 GBP-8%
Process Operator93,900 GBP-18%
Product Development Engineer119,000 GBP+4%
Product Development Technician98,500 GBP-14%
Product Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
Product Safety Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Production Engineer116,000 GBP+1%
Project Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
Proposal Manager126,000 GBP+10%
Purchasing Engineer105,000 GBP-8%
Quality Assurance Engineer105,000 GBP-8%
Rail Engineer108,000 GBP-6%
Robotics Engineer133,000 GBP+16%
Robotics Technician102,000 GBP-11%
Safety Engineer99,200 GBP-13%
Safety Inspector93,000 GBP-19%
Safety Manager117,000 GBP+2%
Safety Officer88,400 GBP-23%
Sales Engineer104,000 GBP-9%
Scheduling Engineer98,100 GBP-14%
Service Engineer122,000 GBP+7%
Solar Engineer111,000 GBP-3%
Staff Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Static Equipment Engineer99,400 GBP-13%
Stationary Engineer97,900 GBP-14%
Stress Engineer96,700 GBP-15%
Structural Analysis Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
Structural Designer93,800 GBP-18%
Structural Engineer115,000 GBP+1%
Structural Technician97,300 GBP-15%
Supply Chain Specialist124,000 GBP+8%
Surveyor82,300 GBP-28%
Technical Affairs Officer88,300 GBP-23%
Technical Assistant89,800 GBP-22%
Technical Engineer98,900 GBP-14%
Technical Support Engineer93,800 GBP-18%
Tender Engineer94,400 GBP-18%
Test Development Engineer110,000 GBP-4%
Transportation Engineer109,000 GBP-5%
Validation Engineer109,000 GBP-5%
Verification Engineer102,000 GBP-11%
Wastewater Engineer103,000 GBP-10%
Wind Energy Engineer114,000 GBP-0%
Wind Energy Operations Manager136,000 GBP+19%
Work Planner79,400 GBP-31%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Aberdeen124,000 GBP
Abingdon104,000 GBP
Armagh120,000 GBP
Bangor104,000 GBP
Belfast124,000 GBP
Birmingham140,000 GBP
Bradford130,000 GBP
Brighton123,000 GBP
Bristol128,000 GBP
Cambridge119,000 GBP
Canterbury109,000 GBP
Cardiff125,000 GBP
Chester110,000 GBP
Coventry124,000 GBP
Derby118,000 GBP
Derry109,000 GBP
Dundee118,000 GBP
Durham112,000 GBP
Edinburgh128,000 GBP
Exeter115,000 GBP
Glasgow128,000 GBP
Gloucester111,000 GBP
Hartlepool106,000 GBP
Inverness110,000 GBP
Kingston upon Hull130,000 GBP
Kirkwall104,000 GBP
Leeds134,000 GBP
Leicester126,000 GBP
Lincoln111,000 GBP
Lisburn113,000 GBP
Liverpool137,000 GBP
London136,000 GBP
Manchester129,000 GBP
Newcastle120,000 GBP
Newport122,000 GBP
Newry114,000 GBP
Norwich119,000 GBP
Nottingham128,000 GBP
Oxford117,000 GBP
Peterborough115,000 GBP
Plymouth128,000 GBP
Poole118,000 GBP
Portsmouth120,000 GBP
Ripon101,000 GBP
Salisbury113,000 GBP
Sheffield134,000 GBP
Somerset125,000 GBP
Southampton121,000 GBP
St Davids104,000 GBP
Stirling110,000 GBP
Stromness97,900 GBP
Strontian104,000 GBP
Swansea121,000 GBP
Truro103,000 GBP
Wakefield104,000 GBP
Wells106,000 GBP
Winchester108,000 GBP
Wolverhampton120,000 GBP
York114,000 GBP

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
England212,000 GBP
Northern Ireland107,000 GBP
Scotland169,000 GBP
Wales109,000 GBP
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