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 salaries in United Kingdom range from 52,600 GBP per year (minimum salary) to 182,000 GBP per year (maximum 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
|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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Mechanical Engineer employees in United Kingdom earn 4% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+4%|
|Average Salary 2019||+4%|
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.
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 Mechanical Engineer is 8% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 11% less than those of All Jobs.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||99,300 GBP||-13%|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||113,000 GBP||-1%|
|Associate Engineer||103,000 GBP||-10%|
|Autocad Operator||90,000 GBP||-21%|
|Automation Engineer||114,000 GBP||-0%|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Biochemical Engineer||122,000 GBP||+7%|
|BMS Engineer||119,000 GBP||+4%|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||104,000 GBP||-9%|
|Broadcast Engineer||119,000 GBP||+4%|
|CAD Design Engineer||108,000 GBP||-6%|
|CAD Designer||83,300 GBP||-27%|
|CAE Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Ceramics Engineer||105,000 GBP||-8%|
|Civil Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|Commissioning Engineer||103,000 GBP||-10%|
|Communications Engineer||115,000 GBP||+1%|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||92,300 GBP||-19%|
|Contract Associate Engineer||116,000 GBP||+1%|
|Control Systems Engineer||115,000 GBP||+1%|
|Controls Engineer||113,000 GBP||-1%|
|Controls Software Engineer||104,000 GBP||-9%|
|Corrosion Engineer||107,000 GBP||-6%|
|Design Engineer||122,000 GBP||+7%|
|Drafting Manager||126,000 GBP||+10%|
|Drilling Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Electrical Draughtsman||66,900 GBP||-42%|
|Electrical Engineer||117,000 GBP||+2%|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||141,000 GBP||+23%|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||124,000 GBP||+8%|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||99,200 GBP||-13%|
|Energy Engineer||121,000 GBP||+6%|
|Engine Assembler||79,700 GBP||-30%|
|Engineering Account Manager||106,000 GBP||-7%|
|Engineering Chief Designer||117,000 GBP||+2%|
|Engineering Consultant||123,000 GBP||+7%|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||122,000 GBP||+7%|
|Engineering Lab Technician||98,100 GBP||-14%|
|Engineering Planning Manager||140,000 GBP||+22%|
|Engineering Production Manager||137,000 GBP||+20%|
|Engineering Project Analyst||120,000 GBP||+5%|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||107,000 GBP||-6%|
|Engineering Project Director||133,000 GBP||+16%|
|Engineering Project Manager||129,000 GBP||+13%|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||135,000 GBP||+18%|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||95,400 GBP||-17%|
|Engineering Sales Manager||128,000 GBP||+12%|
|Engineering Technician||94,400 GBP||-18%|
|Engineering Technologist||97,600 GBP||-15%|
|Environmental Engineer||112,000 GBP||-2%|
|Equipment Engineer||106,000 GBP||-7%|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||133,000 GBP||+16%|
|Fabrication Specialist||91,700 GBP||-20%|
|Facade Engineer||116,000 GBP||+1%|
|Fiber Analyst||92,000 GBP||-20%|
|Field Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Field Engineering Manager||138,000 GBP||+21%|
|Fire Engineer||112,000 GBP||-2%|
|Fitter and Turner||59,900 GBP||-48%|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||125,000 GBP||+9%|
|Generation Engineer||132,000 GBP||+15%|
|Genetic Engineer||129,000 GBP||+13%|
|Geological Engineer||121,000 GBP||+6%|
|Geotechnical Engineer||126,000 GBP||+10%|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||85,400 GBP||-25%|
|Highway Engineer||95,900 GBP||-16%|
|HSE Professional||93,000 GBP||-19%|
|HVAC Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|HVAC Supervisor||112,000 GBP||-2%|
|Industrial Engineer||106,000 GBP||-7%|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||108,000 GBP||-6%|
|Instrument Engineer||115,000 GBP||+1%|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||111,000 GBP||-3%|
|Instrumentation Engineer||121,000 GBP||+6%|
|Instrumentation Manager||136,000 GBP||+19%|
|Irrigation Engineer||109,000 GBP||-5%|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||109,000 GBP||-5%|
|Locomotive Engineer||108,000 GBP||-6%|
|Maintenance Engineer||100,000 GBP||-13%|
|Maintenance Fitter||69,800 GBP||-39%|
|Maintenance Manager||124,000 GBP||+8%|
|Manufacturing Engineer||118,000 GBP||+3%|
|Marine Engineer||103,000 GBP||-10%|
|Materials Engineer||99,700 GBP||-13%|
|Materials Researcher||117,000 GBP||+2%|
|Materials Technician||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||120,000 GBP||+5%|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||121,000 GBP||+6%|
|Mechanical Designer||97,700 GBP||-15%|
|Mechanical Engineer||114,000 GBP||-0%|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||137,000 GBP||+20%|
|Mechanical Inspector||113,000 GBP||-1%|
|Mechatronics Engineer||109,000 GBP||-5%|
|Mining Engineer||95,500 GBP||-17%|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||118,000 GBP||+3%|
|Optical Engineer||97,300 GBP||-15%|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||89,800 GBP||-22%|
|PCB Assembler||77,200 GBP||-33%|
|Photonics Engineer||118,000 GBP||+3%|
|Photonics Technician||98,900 GBP||-14%|
|Pipeline Engineer||109,000 GBP||-5%|
|Piping Designer||89,800 GBP||-22%|
|Piping Engineer||104,000 GBP||-9%|
|Planning Engineer||106,000 GBP||-7%|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||74,400 GBP||-35%|
|Principal Cost Engineer||123,000 GBP||+7%|
|Principal Engineer||114,000 GBP||-0%|
|Principal Support Engineer||103,000 GBP||-10%|
|Process Engineer||105,000 GBP||-8%|
|Process Operator||93,900 GBP||-18%|
|Product Development Engineer||119,000 GBP||+4%|
|Product Development Technician||98,500 GBP||-14%|
|Product Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|Product Safety Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Production Engineer||116,000 GBP||+1%|
|Project Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|Proposal Manager||126,000 GBP||+10%|
|Purchasing Engineer||105,000 GBP||-8%|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||105,000 GBP||-8%|
|Rail Engineer||108,000 GBP||-6%|
|Robotics Engineer||133,000 GBP||+16%|
|Robotics Technician||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Safety Engineer||99,200 GBP||-13%|
|Safety Inspector||93,000 GBP||-19%|
|Safety Manager||117,000 GBP||+2%|
|Safety Officer||88,400 GBP||-23%|
|Sales Engineer||104,000 GBP||-9%|
|Scheduling Engineer||98,100 GBP||-14%|
|Service Engineer||122,000 GBP||+7%|
|Solar Engineer||111,000 GBP||-3%|
|Staff Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Static Equipment Engineer||99,400 GBP||-13%|
|Stationary Engineer||97,900 GBP||-14%|
|Stress Engineer||96,700 GBP||-15%|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|Structural Designer||93,800 GBP||-18%|
|Structural Engineer||115,000 GBP||+1%|
|Structural Technician||97,300 GBP||-15%|
|Supply Chain Specialist||124,000 GBP||+8%|
|Technical Affairs Officer||88,300 GBP||-23%|
|Technical Assistant||89,800 GBP||-22%|
|Technical Engineer||98,900 GBP||-14%|
|Technical Support Engineer||93,800 GBP||-18%|
|Tender Engineer||94,400 GBP||-18%|
|Test Development Engineer||110,000 GBP||-4%|
|Transportation Engineer||109,000 GBP||-5%|
|Validation Engineer||109,000 GBP||-5%|
|Verification Engineer||102,000 GBP||-11%|
|Wastewater Engineer||103,000 GBP||-10%|
|Wind Energy Engineer||114,000 GBP||-0%|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||136,000 GBP||+19%|
|Work Planner||79,400 GBP||-31%|
|Kingston upon Hull||130,000 GBP|
|St Davids||104,000 GBP|
|Northern Ireland||107,000 GBP|