A person working in Engineering in Chile typically earns around 1,920,000 CLP per month. Salaries range from 1,060,000 CLP (lowest average) to 2,550,000 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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||1,930,000 CLP|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||1,760,000 CLP|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||2,030,000 CLP|
|Associate Engineer||1,950,000 CLP|
|Autocad Operator||1,590,000 CLP|
|Automation Engineer||2,050,000 CLP|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||1,800,000 CLP|
|Biochemical Engineer||2,100,000 CLP|
|BMS Engineer||1,980,000 CLP|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||1,900,000 CLP|
|Broadcast Engineer||2,150,000 CLP|
|CAD Design Engineer||1,830,000 CLP|
|CAD Designer||1,590,000 CLP|
|CAE Engineer||1,860,000 CLP|
|Ceramics Engineer||1,930,000 CLP|
|Civil Engineer||1,840,000 CLP|
|Commissioning Engineer||2,020,000 CLP|
|Communications Engineer||2,100,000 CLP|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||1,660,000 CLP|
|Contract Associate Engineer||2,000,000 CLP|
|Control Systems Engineer||1,920,000 CLP|
|Controls Engineer||2,030,000 CLP|
|Controls Software Engineer||1,950,000 CLP|
|Corrosion Engineer||1,900,000 CLP|
|Design Engineer||2,090,000 CLP|
|Drafting Manager||2,170,000 CLP|
|Drilling Engineer||1,950,000 CLP|
|Electrical Draughtsman||1,250,000 CLP|
|Electrical Engineer||2,060,000 CLP|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||2,500,000 CLP|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||2,090,000 CLP|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||1,890,000 CLP|
|Energy Engineer||2,170,000 CLP|
|Engine Assembler||1,360,000 CLP|
|Engineering Account Manager||1,940,000 CLP|
|Engineering Chief Designer||2,010,000 CLP|
|Engineering Consultant||2,170,000 CLP|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||2,290,000 CLP|
|Engineering Lab Technician||1,800,000 CLP|
|Engineering Planning Manager||2,290,000 CLP|
|Engineering Production Manager||2,460,000 CLP|
|Engineering Project Analyst||2,090,000 CLP|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||1,970,000 CLP|
|Engineering Project Director||2,350,000 CLP|
|Engineering Project Manager||2,340,000 CLP|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||2,310,000 CLP|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||1,730,000 CLP|
|Engineering Sales Manager||2,340,000 CLP|
|Engineering Technician||1,720,000 CLP|
|Engineering Technologist||1,700,000 CLP|
|Environmental Engineer||2,060,000 CLP|
|Equipment Engineer||1,790,000 CLP|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||2,280,000 CLP|
|Fabrication Specialist||1,720,000 CLP|
|Facade Engineer||2,100,000 CLP|
|Fiber Analyst||1,530,000 CLP|
|Field Engineer||1,950,000 CLP|
|Field Engineering Manager||2,430,000 CLP|
|Fire Engineer||2,150,000 CLP|
|Fitter and Turner||1,060,000 CLP|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||2,130,000 CLP|
|Generation Engineer||2,220,000 CLP|
|Genetic Engineer||2,460,000 CLP|
|Geological Engineer||2,350,000 CLP|
|Geotechnical Engineer||2,260,000 CLP|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||1,500,000 CLP|
|Highway Engineer||1,740,000 CLP|
|HSE Professional||1,820,000 CLP|
|HVAC Engineer||2,040,000 CLP|
|HVAC Supervisor||1,880,000 CLP|
|Industrial Engineer||1,800,000 CLP|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||1,790,000 CLP|
|Instrument Engineer||2,160,000 CLP|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||2,140,000 CLP|
|Instrumentation Engineer||2,140,000 CLP|
|Instrumentation Manager||2,430,000 CLP|
|Irrigation Engineer||1,880,000 CLP|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||2,000,000 CLP|
|Locomotive Engineer||1,960,000 CLP|
|Maintenance Engineer||1,930,000 CLP|
|Maintenance Fitter||1,240,000 CLP|
|Maintenance Manager||2,290,000 CLP|
|Manufacturing Engineer||2,090,000 CLP|
|Marine Engineer||1,850,000 CLP|
|Materials Engineer||1,820,000 CLP|
|Materials Researcher||2,040,000 CLP|
|Materials Technician||1,950,000 CLP|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||2,060,000 CLP|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||1,990,000 CLP|
|Mechanical Designer||1,810,000 CLP|
|Mechanical Engineer||2,120,000 CLP|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||2,340,000 CLP|
|Mechanical Inspector||2,000,000 CLP|
|Mechatronics Engineer||1,780,000 CLP|
|Mining Engineer||1,830,000 CLP|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||2,290,000 CLP|
|Optical Engineer||1,770,000 CLP|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||1,660,000 CLP|
|PCB Assembler||1,340,000 CLP|
|Photonics Engineer||2,120,000 CLP|
|Photonics Technician||1,800,000 CLP|
|Pipeline Engineer||1,780,000 CLP|
|Piping Designer||1,650,000 CLP|
|Piping Engineer||1,940,000 CLP|
|Planning Engineer||1,840,000 CLP|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||1,260,000 CLP|
|Principal Cost Engineer||2,200,000 CLP|
|Principal Engineer||2,140,000 CLP|
|Principal Support Engineer||1,950,000 CLP|
|Process Engineer||1,880,000 CLP|
|Process Operator||1,590,000 CLP|
|Product Development Engineer||2,150,000 CLP|
|Product Development Technician||1,760,000 CLP|
|Product Engineer||1,830,000 CLP|
|Product Safety Engineer||1,940,000 CLP|
|Production Engineer||2,000,000 CLP|
|Project Engineer||2,040,000 CLP|
|Proposal Manager||2,360,000 CLP|
|Purchasing Engineer||1,960,000 CLP|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||1,800,000 CLP|
|Rail Engineer||1,880,000 CLP|
|Robotics Engineer||2,270,000 CLP|
|Robotics Technician||1,950,000 CLP|
|Safety Engineer||1,930,000 CLP|
|Safety Inspector||1,820,000 CLP|
|Safety Manager||2,120,000 CLP|
|Safety Officer||1,660,000 CLP|
|Sales Engineer||1,940,000 CLP|
|Scheduling Engineer||1,650,000 CLP|
|Service Engineer||2,070,000 CLP|
|Solar Engineer||2,080,000 CLP|
|Staff Engineer||1,950,000 CLP|
|Static Equipment Engineer||1,900,000 CLP|
|Stationary Engineer||1,820,000 CLP|
|Stress Engineer||1,870,000 CLP|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||1,960,000 CLP|
|Structural Designer||1,780,000 CLP|
|Structural Engineer||2,070,000 CLP|
|Structural Technician||1,620,000 CLP|
|Supply Chain Specialist||2,090,000 CLP|
|Technical Affairs Officer||1,600,000 CLP|
|Technical Assistant||1,700,000 CLP|
|Technical Engineer||1,750,000 CLP|
|Technical Support Engineer||1,690,000 CLP|
|Tender Engineer||1,720,000 CLP|
|Test Development Engineer||1,900,000 CLP|
|Transportation Engineer||1,960,000 CLP|
|Validation Engineer||1,780,000 CLP|
|Verification Engineer||1,890,000 CLP|
|Wastewater Engineer||1,920,000 CLP|
|Wind Energy Engineer||2,140,000 CLP|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||2,340,000 CLP|
|Work Planner||1,540,000 CLP|
Engineering salaries in Chile range from 1,060,000 CLP per month (minimum average salary) to 2,550,000 CLP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 1,770,000 CLP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,770,000 CLP while the other half are earning more than 1,770,000 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.
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 1,270,000 CLP while 75% of them are earning more than 1,270,000 CLP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,980,000 CLP while 25% are earning more than 1,980,000 CLP.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Chile costs anywhere from 10,800,000 Chilean Peso(s) to 32,400,000 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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees earn 8% more than their female counterparts.
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.
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 Chile 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.
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.
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 employees in Chile earn 7% more than their private sector counterparts.
|Average Salary 2016|
|Average Salary 2017||+4%|
|Average Salary 2018||+1%|
|Average Salary 2019||+2%|
Engineering salaries in Chile are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% 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 Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.
|La Florida||2,100,000 CLP|
|Las Condes||1,950,000 CLP|
|Puente Alto||2,180,000 CLP|
|San Bernardo||1,910,000 CLP|
|Vina del Mar||2,080,000 CLP|