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Engineering Average Salaries in Uruguay 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Uruguay?

Average Monthly Salary
27,800 UYU
( 334,000 UYU yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Uruguay typically earns around 27,800 UYU per month. Salaries range from 8,830 UYU (lowest average) to 58,900 UYU (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 Engineer27,700 UYU
Assembly Engineering Technician22,600 UYU
Assistant Chief Engineer33,800 UYU
Associate Engineer27,300 UYU
Autocad Operator18,400 UYU
Automation Engineer30,600 UYU
Avionic System Support Engineer27,900 UYU
Biochemical Engineer27,800 UYU
BMS Engineer27,700 UYU
Bridge and Lock Tender16,600 UYU
Broadcast Engineer28,000 UYU
CAD Design Engineer29,300 UYU
CAD Designer18,300 UYU
CAE Engineer29,400 UYU
Ceramics Engineer25,800 UYU
Civil Engineer30,100 UYU
Commissioning Engineer29,700 UYU
Communications Engineer31,800 UYU
Condition Monitoring Engineer26,100 UYU
Contract Associate Engineer28,300 UYU
Control Systems Engineer27,600 UYU
Controls Engineer29,100 UYU
Controls Software Engineer25,600 UYU
Corrosion Engineer26,800 UYU
Design Engineer30,800 UYU
Drafter18,900 UYU
Drafting Manager32,300 UYU
Drilling Engineer30,100 UYU
Electrical Draughtsman15,600 UYU
Electrical Engineer31,800 UYU
Electrical Engineering Manager42,900 UYU
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist30,500 UYU
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler15,400 UYU
Energy Engineer32,500 UYU
Engine Assembler13,200 UYU
Engineer32,500 UYU
Engineering Account Manager34,200 UYU
Engineering Chief Designer34,600 UYU
Engineering Consultant38,200 UYU
Engineering Key Account Manager40,700 UYU
Engineering Lab Technician28,300 UYU
Engineering Planning Manager42,000 UYU
Engineering Production Manager51,800 UYU
Engineering Project Analyst34,700 UYU
Engineering Project Coordinator 35,200 UYU
Engineering Project Director57,400 UYU
Engineering Project Manager39,800 UYU
Engineering Research and Development Manager47,200 UYU
Engineering Safety Coordinator23,900 UYU
Engineering Sales Manager39,500 UYU
Engineering Technician22,000 UYU
Engineering Technologist23,500 UYU
Environmental Engineer28,200 UYU
Equipment Engineer27,100 UYU
Equipment Engineering Manager40,300 UYU
Estimator25,200 UYU
Fabrication Specialist20,900 UYU
Fabricator13,900 UYU
Facade Engineer28,200 UYU
Fiber Analyst16,500 UYU
Field Engineer29,700 UYU
Field Engineering Manager49,800 UYU
Fire Engineer28,700 UYU
Fitter and Turner9,460 UYU
Forestry Strategic Planner32,900 UYU
Generation Engineer30,800 UYU
Genetic Engineer32,200 UYU
Geological Engineer31,000 UYU
Geotechnical Engineer32,400 UYU
Heavy Equipment Mechanic16,400 UYU
Highway Engineer28,300 UYU
HSE Professional28,400 UYU
HVAC Engineer31,200 UYU
HVAC Supervisor28,200 UYU
Industrial Engineer29,100 UYU
Industrial Engineering Technologist29,500 UYU
Instrument Engineer29,300 UYU
Instrumentation and Control Engineer30,000 UYU
Instrumentation Engineer28,500 UYU
Instrumentation Manager28,900 UYU
Irrigation Engineer27,300 UYU
Licensed Aircraft Engineer32,800 UYU
Locomotive Engineer28,400 UYU
Maintenance Engineer27,300 UYU
Maintenance Fitter10,400 UYU
Maintenance Manager28,500 UYU
Manufacturing Engineer28,900 UYU
Marine Engineer31,100 UYU
Materials Engineer28,300 UYU
Materials Researcher28,100 UYU
Materials Technician20,700 UYU
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer30,800 UYU
Mechanical Design Engineer32,600 UYU
Mechanical Designer24,600 UYU
Mechanical Engineer31,700 UYU
Mechanical Engineering Manager43,000 UYU
Mechanical Inspector27,200 UYU
Mechatronics Engineer31,000 UYU
Mining Engineer30,200 UYU
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer32,200 UYU
Optical Engineer27,500 UYU
Optical Instrument Assembler14,800 UYU
PCB Assembler10,800 UYU
Photonics Engineer34,000 UYU
Photonics Technician25,900 UYU
Pipeline Engineer27,000 UYU
Piping Designer16,500 UYU
Piping Engineer26,000 UYU
Planning Engineer30,800 UYU
Pressure Vessel Inspector14,600 UYU
Principal Cost Engineer30,800 UYU
Principal Engineer30,000 UYU
Principal Support Engineer30,900 UYU
Process Engineer30,100 UYU
Process Operator17,900 UYU
Product Development Engineer29,600 UYU
Product Development Technician22,100 UYU
Product Engineer30,500 UYU
Product Safety Engineer27,700 UYU
Production Engineer30,300 UYU
Project Engineer32,000 UYU
Proposal Manager38,100 UYU
Purchasing Engineer28,300 UYU
Quality Assurance Engineer27,900 UYU
Rail Engineer29,300 UYU
Robotics Engineer34,100 UYU
Robotics Technician25,400 UYU
Safety Engineer30,000 UYU
Safety Inspector23,800 UYU
Safety Manager34,300 UYU
Safety Officer15,500 UYU
Sales Engineer30,300 UYU
Scheduling Engineer27,700 UYU
Service Engineer30,300 UYU
Solar Engineer32,000 UYU
Staff Engineer28,200 UYU
Static Equipment Engineer30,100 UYU
Stationary Engineer27,400 UYU
Stress Engineer27,500 UYU
Structural Analysis Engineer29,900 UYU
Structural Designer25,300 UYU
Structural Engineer27,900 UYU
Structural Technician18,800 UYU
Supply Chain Specialist27,800 UYU
Surveyor23,300 UYU
Technical Affairs Officer15,300 UYU
Technical Assistant15,200 UYU
Technical Engineer24,300 UYU
Technical Support Engineer26,100 UYU
Tender Engineer25,400 UYU
Test Development Engineer28,100 UYU
Transportation Engineer29,300 UYU
Validation Engineer26,100 UYU
Verification Engineer29,300 UYU
Wastewater Engineer27,900 UYU
Wind Energy Engineer29,400 UYU
Wind Energy Operations Manager39,700 UYU
Work Planner20,700 UYU

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Uruguay

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Uruguay range from 8,830 UYU per month (minimum average salary) to 58,900 UYU per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 28,400 UYU per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 28,400 UYU while the other half are earning more than 28,400 UYU. 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 16,700 UYU while 75% of them are earning more than 16,700 UYU. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 44,500 UYU while 25% are earning more than 44,500 UYU.

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?

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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 Uruguay costs anywhere from 165,000 Uruguayan Peso(s) to 494,000 Uruguayan Peso(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 Uruguay 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 in Uruguay who work in Engineering earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

28,700 UYU
26,700 UYU
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Uruguay for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Uruguay
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Uruguay

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


Engineering professionals in Uruguay are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 8% every 18 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 7% granted to employees every 19 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Uruguay 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.

Uruguay / All Professions

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 Uruguay is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Uruguay for the year 2021. 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 Uruguay

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

49% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 51% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Uruguay

160 UYU per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Uruguay is 160 UYU. This means that the average person in Uruguay earns approximately 160 UYU 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 Uruguay
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Montevideo30,700 UYU

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Uruguay earn 9% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,400 UYU
Public Sector+9%
34,100 UYU
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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