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Engineering Average Salaries in France 2020

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

Average Yearly Salary
54,100 EUR
( 4,510 EUR monthly)


A person working in Engineering in France typically earns around 54,100 EUR per year. Salaries range from 29,900 EUR (lowest average) to 71,800 EUR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average yearly 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 Engineer54,200 EUR
Assembly Engineering Technician45,500 EUR
Assistant Chief Engineer59,600 EUR
Associate Engineer52,400 EUR
Autocad Operator41,200 EUR
Automation Engineer55,700 EUR
Avionic System Support Engineer51,400 EUR
Biochemical Engineer61,000 EUR
BMS Engineer57,500 EUR
Bridge and Lock Tender51,300 EUR
Broadcast Engineer59,600 EUR
CAD Design Engineer50,600 EUR
CAD Designer40,900 EUR
CAE Engineer49,100 EUR
Ceramics Engineer52,900 EUR
Civil Engineer52,300 EUR
Commissioning Engineer54,300 EUR
Communications Engineer54,400 EUR
Condition Monitoring Engineer48,900 EUR
Contract Associate Engineer58,000 EUR
Control Systems Engineer52,500 EUR
Controls Engineer53,000 EUR
Controls Software Engineer55,100 EUR
Corrosion Engineer49,000 EUR
Design Engineer55,200 EUR
Drafter40,700 EUR
Drafting Manager59,400 EUR
Drilling Engineer53,300 EUR
Electrical Draughtsman34,000 EUR
Electrical Engineer57,900 EUR
Electrical Engineering Manager65,800 EUR
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist57,900 EUR
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler48,600 EUR
Energy Engineer59,200 EUR
Engine Assembler39,000 EUR
Engineer50,700 EUR
Engineering Account Manager51,100 EUR
Engineering Chief Designer54,000 EUR
Engineering Consultant59,800 EUR
Engineering Key Account Manager63,100 EUR
Engineering Lab Technician47,400 EUR
Engineering Planning Manager67,200 EUR
Engineering Production Manager69,700 EUR
Engineering Project Analyst60,400 EUR
Engineering Project Coordinator 52,700 EUR
Engineering Project Director64,800 EUR
Engineering Project Manager64,600 EUR
Engineering Research and Development Manager66,000 EUR
Engineering Safety Coordinator46,900 EUR
Engineering Sales Manager65,800 EUR
Engineering Technician47,400 EUR
Engineering Technologist50,100 EUR
Environmental Engineer57,700 EUR
Equipment Engineer51,800 EUR
Equipment Engineering Manager61,300 EUR
Estimator52,400 EUR
Fabrication Specialist44,800 EUR
Fabricator38,000 EUR
Facade Engineer59,100 EUR
Fiber Analyst42,800 EUR
Field Engineer49,100 EUR
Field Engineering Manager69,500 EUR
Fire Engineer54,000 EUR
Fitter and Turner30,200 EUR
Forestry Strategic Planner58,600 EUR
Generation Engineer59,300 EUR
Genetic Engineer63,400 EUR
Geological Engineer62,300 EUR
Geotechnical Engineer60,400 EUR
Heavy Equipment Mechanic40,500 EUR
Highway Engineer48,100 EUR
HSE Professional49,000 EUR
HVAC Engineer52,400 EUR
HVAC Supervisor51,100 EUR
Industrial Engineer52,700 EUR
Industrial Engineering Technologist53,200 EUR
Instrument Engineer56,200 EUR
Instrumentation and Control Engineer57,000 EUR
Instrumentation Engineer54,400 EUR
Instrumentation Manager68,900 EUR
Irrigation Engineer51,400 EUR
Licensed Aircraft Engineer53,600 EUR
Locomotive Engineer50,900 EUR
Maintenance Engineer49,300 EUR
Maintenance Fitter35,400 EUR
Maintenance Manager63,700 EUR
Manufacturing Engineer55,000 EUR
Marine Engineer50,200 EUR
Materials Engineer51,200 EUR
Materials Researcher59,900 EUR
Materials Technician49,100 EUR
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer57,500 EUR
Mechanical Design Engineer59,300 EUR
Mechanical Designer50,400 EUR
Mechanical Engineer55,500 EUR
Mechanical Engineering Manager69,700 EUR
Mechanical Inspector54,700 EUR
Mechatronics Engineer50,400 EUR
Mining Engineer49,000 EUR
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer59,700 EUR
Optical Engineer48,800 EUR
Optical Instrument Assembler42,600 EUR
PCB Assembler38,800 EUR
Photonics Engineer57,800 EUR
Photonics Technician45,700 EUR
Pipeline Engineer51,400 EUR
Piping Designer44,300 EUR
Piping Engineer48,700 EUR
Planning Engineer49,200 EUR
Pressure Vessel Inspector34,100 EUR
Principal Cost Engineer58,900 EUR
Principal Engineer55,500 EUR
Principal Support Engineer52,400 EUR
Process Engineer50,300 EUR
Process Operator46,700 EUR
Product Development Engineer59,500 EUR
Product Development Technician47,100 EUR
Product Engineer52,100 EUR
Product Safety Engineer50,000 EUR
Production Engineer53,400 EUR
Project Engineer54,400 EUR
Proposal Manager61,400 EUR
Purchasing Engineer53,100 EUR
Quality Assurance Engineer49,400 EUR
Rail Engineer53,200 EUR
Robotics Engineer60,100 EUR
Robotics Technician53,300 EUR
Safety Engineer51,100 EUR
Safety Inspector49,000 EUR
Safety Manager59,900 EUR
Safety Officer43,100 EUR
Sales Engineer48,700 EUR
Scheduling Engineer43,900 EUR
Service Engineer58,200 EUR
Solar Engineer54,200 EUR
Staff Engineer49,100 EUR
Static Equipment Engineer51,800 EUR
Stationary Engineer48,600 EUR
Stress Engineer48,800 EUR
Structural Analysis Engineer52,500 EUR
Structural Designer49,700 EUR
Structural Engineer57,200 EUR
Structural Technician46,100 EUR
Supply Chain Specialist57,900 EUR
Surveyor41,600 EUR
Technical Affairs Officer42,400 EUR
Technical Assistant44,800 EUR
Technical Engineer48,100 EUR
Technical Support Engineer49,700 EUR
Tender Engineer47,400 EUR
Test Development Engineer53,000 EUR
Transportation Engineer53,400 EUR
Validation Engineer50,400 EUR
Verification Engineer51,400 EUR
Wastewater Engineer48,000 EUR
Wind Energy Engineer54,600 EUR
Wind Energy Operations Manager67,900 EUR
Work Planner40,000 EUR

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in France

Median and salary distribution yearly France Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in France range from 29,900 EUR per year (minimum average salary) to 71,800 EUR per year (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 57,400 EUR per year, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 57,400 EUR while the other half are earning more than 57,400 EUR. 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 39,300 EUR while 75% of them are earning more than 39,300 EUR. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 68,500 EUR while 25% are earning more than 68,500 EUR.

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 France costs anywhere from 25,400 Euro(s) to 76,100 Euro(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 yearly France 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 earn 7% more than their female counterparts.

52,500 EUR
56,000 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in France for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender yearly France
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in France

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


Engineering professionals in France are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 10% every 14 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 9% granted to employees every 15 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate France 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.

France / All Professions

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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 France is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

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

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in France

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

43% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 57% 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
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.

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Public vs private sector salaries yearly France
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in France earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
59,200 EUR
Public Sector+5%
62,300 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in France

How do Engineering salaries change over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast yearly France Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
47,600 EUR
Average Salary 2017+4%
49,400 EUR
Average Salary 2018+3%
51,100 EUR
Average Salary 2019+3%
52,700 EUR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in France are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 3% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in France

26 EUR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in France is 26 EUR. This means that the average person in France earns approximately 26 EUR 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 yearly France
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Bordeaux50,200 EUR
Lille49,600 EUR
Lyon57,300 EUR
Marseille58,400 EUR
Montpellier52,000 EUR
Nantes54,400 EUR
Nice55,500 EUR
Paris60,100 EUR
Strasbourg53,800 EUR
Toulouse57,200 EUR
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