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Engineering Average Salaries in Colombia 2021

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


Average Monthly Salary
3,960,000 COP
( 47,500,000 COP yearly)

LOW
1,260,000
COP
AVERAGE
3,960,000
COP
HIGH
8,370,000
COP

A person working in Engineering in Colombia typically earns around 3,960,000 COP per month. Salaries range from 1,260,000 COP (lowest average) to 8,370,000 COP (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 Engineer4,050,000 COP
Assembly Engineering Technician3,320,000 COP
Assistant Chief Engineer4,560,000 COP
Associate Engineer3,880,000 COP
Autocad Operator2,700,000 COP
Automation Engineer4,370,000 COP
Avionic System Support Engineer3,730,000 COP
Biochemical Engineer3,880,000 COP
BMS Engineer3,980,000 COP
Bridge and Lock Tender2,250,000 COP
Broadcast Engineer3,930,000 COP
CAD Design Engineer4,360,000 COP
CAD Designer2,500,000 COP
CAE Engineer3,880,000 COP
Ceramics Engineer3,910,000 COP
Civil Engineer4,190,000 COP
Commissioning Engineer4,110,000 COP
Communications Engineer4,550,000 COP
Condition Monitoring Engineer3,530,000 COP
Contract Associate Engineer3,950,000 COP
Control Systems Engineer4,160,000 COP
Controls Engineer4,250,000 COP
Controls Software Engineer3,530,000 COP
Corrosion Engineer3,930,000 COP
Design Engineer4,360,000 COP
Drafter2,690,000 COP
Drafting Manager4,700,000 COP
Drilling Engineer3,930,000 COP
Electrical Draughtsman2,060,000 COP
Electrical Engineer4,650,000 COP
Electrical Engineering Manager5,770,000 COP
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist4,530,000 COP
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler2,100,000 COP
Energy Engineer4,510,000 COP
Engine Assembler1,810,000 COP
Engineer4,450,000 COP
Engineering Account Manager4,930,000 COP
Engineering Chief Designer4,490,000 COP
Engineering Consultant5,440,000 COP
Engineering Key Account Manager6,000,000 COP
Engineering Lab Technician4,090,000 COP
Engineering Planning Manager5,580,000 COP
Engineering Production Manager7,490,000 COP
Engineering Project Analyst4,760,000 COP
Engineering Project Coordinator 4,670,000 COP
Engineering Project Director8,160,000 COP
Engineering Project Manager6,080,000 COP
Engineering Research and Development Manager6,500,000 COP
Engineering Safety Coordinator3,240,000 COP
Engineering Sales Manager5,530,000 COP
Engineering Technician3,370,000 COP
Engineering Technologist3,270,000 COP
Environmental Engineer3,910,000 COP
Equipment Engineer3,820,000 COP
Equipment Engineering Manager5,230,000 COP
Estimator3,680,000 COP
Fabrication Specialist2,910,000 COP
Fabricator1,960,000 COP
Facade Engineer4,010,000 COP
Fiber Analyst2,270,000 COP
Field Engineer4,330,000 COP
Field Engineering Manager6,660,000 COP
Fire Engineer4,190,000 COP
Fitter and Turner1,270,000 COP
Forestry Strategic Planner4,820,000 COP
Generation Engineer4,040,000 COP
Genetic Engineer4,400,000 COP
Geological Engineer4,240,000 COP
Geotechnical Engineer4,410,000 COP
Heavy Equipment Mechanic2,300,000 COP
Highway Engineer4,320,000 COP
HSE Professional3,930,000 COP
HVAC Engineer4,380,000 COP
HVAC Supervisor3,750,000 COP
Industrial Engineer4,150,000 COP
Industrial Engineering Technologist3,970,000 COP
Instrument Engineer4,100,000 COP
Instrumentation and Control Engineer4,200,000 COP
Instrumentation Engineer4,140,000 COP
Instrumentation Manager4,170,000 COP
Irrigation Engineer3,970,000 COP
Licensed Aircraft Engineer4,370,000 COP
Locomotive Engineer4,050,000 COP
Maintenance Engineer4,020,000 COP
Maintenance Fitter1,510,000 COP
Maintenance Manager4,300,000 COP
Manufacturing Engineer3,910,000 COP
Marine Engineer4,280,000 COP
Materials Engineer3,960,000 COP
Materials Researcher3,900,000 COP
Materials Technician3,030,000 COP
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer4,570,000 COP
Mechanical Design Engineer4,390,000 COP
Mechanical Designer3,720,000 COP
Mechanical Engineer4,510,000 COP
Mechanical Engineering Manager5,630,000 COP
Mechanical Inspector3,830,000 COP
Mechatronics Engineer4,450,000 COP
Mining Engineer4,230,000 COP
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer4,350,000 COP
Optical Engineer4,210,000 COP
Optical Instrument Assembler2,090,000 COP
PCB Assembler1,480,000 COP
Photonics Engineer4,730,000 COP
Photonics Technician3,660,000 COP
Pipeline Engineer3,920,000 COP
Piping Designer2,200,000 COP
Piping Engineer3,900,000 COP
Planning Engineer4,350,000 COP
Pressure Vessel Inspector1,940,000 COP
Principal Cost Engineer4,200,000 COP
Principal Engineer4,200,000 COP
Principal Support Engineer4,400,000 COP
Process Engineer4,140,000 COP
Process Operator2,550,000 COP
Product Development Engineer4,120,000 COP
Product Development Technician3,010,000 COP
Product Engineer4,320,000 COP
Product Safety Engineer3,790,000 COP
Production Engineer4,280,000 COP
Project Engineer4,160,000 COP
Proposal Manager5,300,000 COP
Purchasing Engineer3,740,000 COP
Quality Assurance Engineer4,090,000 COP
Rail Engineer4,350,000 COP
Robotics Engineer4,830,000 COP
Robotics Technician3,310,000 COP
Safety Engineer4,100,000 COP
Safety Inspector3,290,000 COP
Safety Manager4,890,000 COP
Safety Officer2,170,000 COP
Sales Engineer4,550,000 COP
Scheduling Engineer3,640,000 COP
Service Engineer4,550,000 COP
Solar Engineer4,480,000 COP
Staff Engineer4,120,000 COP
Static Equipment Engineer3,930,000 COP
Stationary Engineer3,560,000 COP
Stress Engineer3,710,000 COP
Structural Analysis Engineer4,100,000 COP
Structural Designer3,780,000 COP
Structural Engineer3,890,000 COP
Structural Technician2,670,000 COP
Supply Chain Specialist4,140,000 COP
Surveyor3,120,000 COP
Technical Affairs Officer2,050,000 COP
Technical Assistant2,140,000 COP
Technical Engineer3,430,000 COP
Technical Support Engineer3,530,000 COP
Tender Engineer3,880,000 COP
Test Development Engineer4,120,000 COP
Transportation Engineer4,070,000 COP
Validation Engineer3,740,000 COP
Verification Engineer3,930,000 COP
Wastewater Engineer4,190,000 COP
Wind Energy Engineer4,030,000 COP
Wind Energy Operations Manager5,530,000 COP
Work Planner2,800,000 COP

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Colombia

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Colombia range from 1,260,000 COP per month (minimum average salary) to 8,370,000 COP per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 4,200,000 COP per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 4,200,000 COP while the other half are earning more than 4,200,000 COP. 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 2,450,000 COP while 75% of them are earning more than 2,450,000 COP. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 6,660,000 COP while 25% are earning more than 6,660,000 COP.


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 Colombia costs anywhere from 23,500,000 Colombian Peso(s) to 70,400,000 Colombian 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 Colombia 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 Colombia who work in Engineering earn 12% more than their female counterparts on average.

Male
4,210,000 COP
Female-11%
3,760,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Colombia for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Colombia

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

Engineering

Engineering professionals in Colombia 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.

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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.

Colombia / 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 Colombia is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Banking
2%
Energy
4%
Information Technology
6%
Healthcare
8%
Travel
1%
Construction
3%
Education
5%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Colombia 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 Colombia

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

47% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 53% 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
53%
No Bonus
47%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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 Colombia


22,800 COP per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Colombia is 22,800 COP. This means that the average person in Colombia earns approximately 22,800 COP 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

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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Barranquilla4,070,000 COP
Bello3,760,000 COP
Bogota4,570,000 COP
Bucaramanga3,860,000 COP
Buenaventura3,660,000 COP
Cartagena4,040,000 COP
Cucuta4,010,000 COP
Ibague3,950,000 COP
Manizales3,580,000 COP
Medellin4,540,000 COP
Monteria3,690,000 COP
Neiva3,540,000 COP
Pereira3,670,000 COP
Santa Marta3,790,000 COP
Soacha3,940,000 COP
Soledad4,010,000 COP
Valledupar3,750,000 COP
Villavicencio3,860,000 COP

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 Colombia earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
4,400,000 COP
Public Sector+11%
4,880,000 COP
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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