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Engineering Average Salaries in Chile 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
1,580,000 CLP
( 18,900,000 CLP yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Chile typically earns around 1,580,000 CLP per month. Salaries range from 500,000 CLP (lowest average) to 3,340,000 CLP (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 Engineer1,560,000 CLP
Assembly Engineering Technician1,310,000 CLP
Assistant Chief Engineer1,800,000 CLP
Associate Engineer1,550,000 CLP
Autocad Operator1,070,000 CLP
Automation Engineer1,720,000 CLP
Avionic System Support Engineer1,550,000 CLP
Biochemical Engineer1,510,000 CLP
BMS Engineer1,500,000 CLP
Bridge and Lock Tender909,000 CLP
Broadcast Engineer1,610,000 CLP
CAD Design Engineer1,670,000 CLP
CAD Designer1,060,000 CLP
CAE Engineer1,620,000 CLP
Ceramics Engineer1,530,000 CLP
Civil Engineer1,640,000 CLP
Commissioning Engineer1,690,000 CLP
Communications Engineer1,850,000 CLP
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,390,000 CLP
Contract Associate Engineer1,540,000 CLP
Control Systems Engineer1,550,000 CLP
Controls Engineer1,640,000 CLP
Controls Software Engineer1,450,000 CLP
Corrosion Engineer1,560,000 CLP
Design Engineer1,700,000 CLP
Drafter995,000 CLP
Drafting Manager1,910,000 CLP
Drilling Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Electrical Draughtsman857,000 CLP
Electrical Engineer1,800,000 CLP
Electrical Engineering Manager2,450,000 CLP
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist1,740,000 CLP
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler888,000 CLP
Energy Engineer1,720,000 CLP
Engine Assembler729,000 CLP
Engineer1,700,000 CLP
Engineering Account Manager1,960,000 CLP
Engineering Chief Designer1,880,000 CLP
Engineering Consultant2,170,000 CLP
Engineering Key Account Manager2,430,000 CLP
Engineering Lab Technician1,620,000 CLP
Engineering Planning Manager2,200,000 CLP
Engineering Production Manager2,970,000 CLP
Engineering Project Analyst1,860,000 CLP
Engineering Project Coordinator 1,990,000 CLP
Engineering Project Director3,250,000 CLP
Engineering Project Manager2,260,000 CLP
Engineering Research and Development Manager2,610,000 CLP
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,310,000 CLP
Engineering Sales Manager2,210,000 CLP
Engineering Technician1,250,000 CLP
Engineering Technologist1,240,000 CLP
Environmental Engineer1,650,000 CLP
Equipment Engineer1,450,000 CLP
Equipment Engineering Manager2,190,000 CLP
Estimator1,390,000 CLP
Fabrication Specialist1,220,000 CLP
Fabricator744,000 CLP
Facade Engineer1,600,000 CLP
Fiber Analyst911,000 CLP
Field Engineer1,800,000 CLP
Field Engineering Manager2,770,000 CLP
Fire Engineer1,740,000 CLP
Fitter and Turner526,000 CLP
Forestry Strategic Planner1,860,000 CLP
Generation Engineer1,640,000 CLP
Genetic Engineer1,860,000 CLP
Geological Engineer1,790,000 CLP
Geotechnical Engineer1,820,000 CLP
Heavy Equipment Mechanic853,000 CLP
Highway Engineer1,610,000 CLP
HSE Professional1,620,000 CLP
HVAC Engineer1,790,000 CLP
HVAC Supervisor1,480,000 CLP
Industrial Engineer1,530,000 CLP
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,520,000 CLP
Instrument Engineer1,640,000 CLP
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Instrumentation Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Instrumentation Manager1,660,000 CLP
Irrigation Engineer1,610,000 CLP
Licensed Aircraft Engineer1,770,000 CLP
Locomotive Engineer1,650,000 CLP
Maintenance Engineer1,630,000 CLP
Maintenance Fitter570,000 CLP
Maintenance Manager1,650,000 CLP
Manufacturing Engineer1,580,000 CLP
Marine Engineer1,720,000 CLP
Materials Engineer1,580,000 CLP
Materials Researcher1,490,000 CLP
Materials Technician1,260,000 CLP
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer1,710,000 CLP
Mechanical Design Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Mechanical Designer1,430,000 CLP
Mechanical Engineer1,800,000 CLP
Mechanical Engineering Manager2,230,000 CLP
Mechanical Inspector1,610,000 CLP
Mechatronics Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Mining Engineer1,690,000 CLP
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer1,890,000 CLP
Optical Engineer1,570,000 CLP
Optical Instrument Assembler854,000 CLP
PCB Assembler581,000 CLP
Photonics Engineer1,800,000 CLP
Photonics Technician1,530,000 CLP
Pipeline Engineer1,440,000 CLP
Piping Designer892,000 CLP
Piping Engineer1,570,000 CLP
Planning Engineer1,650,000 CLP
Pressure Vessel Inspector768,000 CLP
Principal Cost Engineer1,730,000 CLP
Principal Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Principal Support Engineer1,750,000 CLP
Process Engineer1,620,000 CLP
Process Operator941,000 CLP
Product Development Engineer1,780,000 CLP
Product Development Technician1,240,000 CLP
Product Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Product Safety Engineer1,600,000 CLP
Production Engineer1,630,000 CLP
Project Engineer1,780,000 CLP
Proposal Manager2,230,000 CLP
Purchasing Engineer1,560,000 CLP
Quality Assurance Engineer1,580,000 CLP
Rail Engineer1,670,000 CLP
Robotics Engineer1,880,000 CLP
Robotics Technician1,420,000 CLP
Safety Engineer1,730,000 CLP
Safety Inspector1,350,000 CLP
Safety Manager1,950,000 CLP
Safety Officer868,000 CLP
Sales Engineer1,830,000 CLP
Scheduling Engineer1,480,000 CLP
Service Engineer1,700,000 CLP
Solar Engineer1,790,000 CLP
Staff Engineer1,710,000 CLP
Static Equipment Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Stationary Engineer1,530,000 CLP
Stress Engineer1,610,000 CLP
Structural Analysis Engineer1,610,000 CLP
Structural Designer1,490,000 CLP
Structural Engineer1,680,000 CLP
Structural Technician1,040,000 CLP
Supply Chain Specialist1,590,000 CLP
Surveyor1,290,000 CLP
Technical Affairs Officer851,000 CLP
Technical Assistant875,000 CLP
Technical Engineer1,440,000 CLP
Technical Support Engineer1,390,000 CLP
Tender Engineer1,450,000 CLP
Test Development Engineer1,630,000 CLP
Transportation Engineer1,550,000 CLP
Validation Engineer1,410,000 CLP
Verification Engineer1,630,000 CLP
Wastewater Engineer1,690,000 CLP
Wind Energy Engineer1,750,000 CLP
Wind Energy Operations Manager2,160,000 CLP
Work Planner1,220,000 CLP

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Chile

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Chile range from 500,000 CLP per month (minimum average salary) to 3,340,000 CLP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,450,000 CLP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,450,000 CLP while the other half are earning more than 1,450,000 CLP. 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 878,000 CLP while 75% of them are earning more than 878,000 CLP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,200,000 CLP while 25% are earning more than 2,200,000 CLP.

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?

Salary Comparison By Education
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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 Chile costs anywhere from 9,340,000 Chilean Peso(s) to 28,000,000 Chilean 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 Chile 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 Chile who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

1,620,000 CLP
1,520,000 CLP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Chile for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Chile

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


Engineering professionals in Chile 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 Chile 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.

Chile / 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 Chile is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Chile for the year 2020. 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 Chile

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

53% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 47% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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 Chile

9,100 CLP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Chile is 9,100 CLP. This means that the average person in Chile earns approximately 9,100 CLP 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 Chile
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Antofagasta1,680,000 CLP
Concepcion1,480,000 CLP
La Florida1,730,000 CLP
Las Condes1,600,000 CLP
Maipu1,760,000 CLP
Penalolen1,500,000 CLP
Puente Alto1,790,000 CLP
Rancagua1,450,000 CLP
San Bernardo1,570,000 CLP
Santiago1,830,000 CLP
Temuco1,550,000 CLP
Valparaiso1,640,000 CLP
Vina del Mar1,710,000 CLP

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 Chile earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
1,820,000 CLP
Public Sector+7%
1,950,000 CLP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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