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Engineering Average Salaries in Costa Rica 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Costa Rica?

Average Monthly Salary
1,990,000 CRC
( 23,900,000 CRC yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Costa Rica typically earns around 1,990,000 CRC per month. Salaries range from 632,000 CRC (lowest average) to 4,220,000 CRC (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 Engineer2,020,000 CRC
Assembly Engineering Technician1,600,000 CRC
Assistant Chief Engineer2,220,000 CRC
Associate Engineer1,860,000 CRC
Autocad Operator1,310,000 CRC
Automation Engineer2,260,000 CRC
Avionic System Support Engineer1,930,000 CRC
Biochemical Engineer1,860,000 CRC
BMS Engineer1,890,000 CRC
Bridge and Lock Tender1,170,000 CRC
Broadcast Engineer2,110,000 CRC
CAD Design Engineer2,070,000 CRC
CAD Designer1,330,000 CRC
CAE Engineer2,090,000 CRC
Ceramics Engineer1,910,000 CRC
Civil Engineer2,060,000 CRC
Commissioning Engineer1,990,000 CRC
Communications Engineer2,220,000 CRC
Condition Monitoring Engineer1,710,000 CRC
Contract Associate Engineer1,890,000 CRC
Control Systems Engineer2,100,000 CRC
Controls Engineer2,070,000 CRC
Controls Software Engineer1,800,000 CRC
Corrosion Engineer1,900,000 CRC
Design Engineer2,150,000 CRC
Drafter1,280,000 CRC
Drafting Manager2,480,000 CRC
Drilling Engineer1,950,000 CRC
Electrical Draughtsman1,080,000 CRC
Electrical Engineer2,320,000 CRC
Electrical Engineering Manager2,890,000 CRC
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist2,160,000 CRC
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler1,110,000 CRC
Energy Engineer2,120,000 CRC
Engine Assembler927,000 CRC
Engineer2,240,000 CRC
Engineering Account Manager2,260,000 CRC
Engineering Chief Designer2,300,000 CRC
Engineering Consultant2,810,000 CRC
Engineering Key Account Manager2,960,000 CRC
Engineering Lab Technician1,870,000 CRC
Engineering Planning Manager2,910,000 CRC
Engineering Production Manager3,510,000 CRC
Engineering Project Analyst2,440,000 CRC
Engineering Project Coordinator 2,450,000 CRC
Engineering Project Director4,220,000 CRC
Engineering Project Manager2,870,000 CRC
Engineering Research and Development Manager3,320,000 CRC
Engineering Safety Coordinator1,690,000 CRC
Engineering Sales Manager2,700,000 CRC
Engineering Technician1,590,000 CRC
Engineering Technologist1,570,000 CRC
Environmental Engineer1,980,000 CRC
Equipment Engineer1,940,000 CRC
Equipment Engineering Manager2,670,000 CRC
Estimator1,840,000 CRC
Fabrication Specialist1,430,000 CRC
Fabricator971,000 CRC
Facade Engineer2,020,000 CRC
Fiber Analyst1,190,000 CRC
Field Engineer2,220,000 CRC
Field Engineering Manager3,440,000 CRC
Fire Engineer2,150,000 CRC
Fitter and Turner654,000 CRC
Forestry Strategic Planner2,460,000 CRC
Generation Engineer2,190,000 CRC
Genetic Engineer2,330,000 CRC
Geological Engineer2,190,000 CRC
Geotechnical Engineer2,280,000 CRC
Heavy Equipment Mechanic1,150,000 CRC
Highway Engineer2,040,000 CRC
HSE Professional1,900,000 CRC
HVAC Engineer2,290,000 CRC
HVAC Supervisor1,900,000 CRC
Industrial Engineer1,980,000 CRC
Industrial Engineering Technologist1,940,000 CRC
Instrument Engineer1,950,000 CRC
Instrumentation and Control Engineer1,950,000 CRC
Instrumentation Engineer2,140,000 CRC
Instrumentation Manager1,960,000 CRC
Irrigation Engineer2,100,000 CRC
Licensed Aircraft Engineer2,210,000 CRC
Locomotive Engineer1,980,000 CRC
Maintenance Engineer1,930,000 CRC
Maintenance Fitter758,000 CRC
Maintenance Manager2,110,000 CRC
Manufacturing Engineer2,090,000 CRC
Marine Engineer2,080,000 CRC
Materials Engineer1,930,000 CRC
Materials Researcher1,880,000 CRC
Materials Technician1,550,000 CRC
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer2,190,000 CRC
Mechanical Design Engineer2,140,000 CRC
Mechanical Designer1,830,000 CRC
Mechanical Engineer2,210,000 CRC
Mechanical Engineering Manager2,780,000 CRC
Mechanical Inspector2,050,000 CRC
Mechatronics Engineer2,160,000 CRC
Mining Engineer1,970,000 CRC
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer2,170,000 CRC
Optical Engineer1,990,000 CRC
Optical Instrument Assembler1,090,000 CRC
PCB Assembler761,000 CRC
Photonics Engineer2,220,000 CRC
Photonics Technician1,910,000 CRC
Pipeline Engineer1,970,000 CRC
Piping Designer1,120,000 CRC
Piping Engineer1,980,000 CRC
Planning Engineer2,160,000 CRC
Pressure Vessel Inspector988,000 CRC
Principal Cost Engineer2,180,000 CRC
Principal Engineer2,000,000 CRC
Principal Support Engineer2,110,000 CRC
Process Engineer2,070,000 CRC
Process Operator1,210,000 CRC
Product Development Engineer2,070,000 CRC
Product Development Technician1,560,000 CRC
Product Engineer2,190,000 CRC
Product Safety Engineer2,010,000 CRC
Production Engineer2,120,000 CRC
Project Engineer2,120,000 CRC
Proposal Manager2,610,000 CRC
Purchasing Engineer1,970,000 CRC
Quality Assurance Engineer2,090,000 CRC
Rail Engineer2,020,000 CRC
Robotics Engineer2,380,000 CRC
Robotics Technician1,640,000 CRC
Safety Engineer2,110,000 CRC
Safety Inspector1,590,000 CRC
Safety Manager2,460,000 CRC
Safety Officer1,030,000 CRC
Sales Engineer2,310,000 CRC
Scheduling Engineer1,970,000 CRC
Service Engineer2,250,000 CRC
Solar Engineer2,130,000 CRC
Staff Engineer2,110,000 CRC
Static Equipment Engineer1,950,000 CRC
Stationary Engineer1,810,000 CRC
Stress Engineer1,850,000 CRC
Structural Analysis Engineer2,050,000 CRC
Structural Designer1,750,000 CRC
Structural Engineer1,960,000 CRC
Structural Technician1,350,000 CRC
Supply Chain Specialist1,970,000 CRC
Surveyor1,530,000 CRC
Technical Affairs Officer1,030,000 CRC
Technical Assistant1,090,000 CRC
Technical Engineer1,830,000 CRC
Technical Support Engineer1,710,000 CRC
Tender Engineer1,830,000 CRC
Test Development Engineer2,050,000 CRC
Transportation Engineer1,910,000 CRC
Validation Engineer1,820,000 CRC
Verification Engineer1,930,000 CRC
Wastewater Engineer2,130,000 CRC
Wind Energy Engineer2,120,000 CRC
Wind Energy Operations Manager2,650,000 CRC
Work Planner1,390,000 CRC

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Costa Rica

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Costa Rica range from 632,000 CRC per month (minimum average salary) to 4,220,000 CRC per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 1,830,000 CRC per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 1,830,000 CRC while the other half are earning more than 1,830,000 CRC. 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 1,110,000 CRC while 75% of them are earning more than 1,110,000 CRC. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 2,780,000 CRC while 25% are earning more than 2,780,000 CRC.

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 Costa Rica costs anywhere from 11,800,000 Costa Rican Colon(s) to 35,400,000 Costa Rican Colon(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 Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

2,040,000 CRC
1,930,000 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Costa Rica for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Costa Rica
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Costa Rica

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


Engineering professionals in Costa Rica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 16 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 17 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Costa Rica 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.

Costa Rica / 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 Costa Rica is 6%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2021

Information Technology

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

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Costa Rica 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 Costa Rica

11,500 CRC per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Costa Rica is 11,500 CRC. This means that the average person in Costa Rica earns approximately 11,500 CRC 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 Costa Rica
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
San Jose2,120,000 CRC

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 Costa Rica earn 6% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
2,310,000 CRC
Public Sector+6%
2,450,000 CRC
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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