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Engineering Average Salaries in Guatemala 2020

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

Average Monthly Salary
7,520 GTQ
( 90,200 GTQ yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Guatemala typically earns around 7,520 GTQ per month. Salaries range from 4,160 GTQ (lowest average) to 9,970 GTQ (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 Engineer7,310 GTQ
Assembly Engineering Technician6,190 GTQ
Assistant Chief Engineer7,460 GTQ
Associate Engineer6,920 GTQ
Autocad Operator5,610 GTQ
Automation Engineer8,650 GTQ
Avionic System Support Engineer6,960 GTQ
Biochemical Engineer8,070 GTQ
BMS Engineer7,380 GTQ
Bridge and Lock Tender7,150 GTQ
Broadcast Engineer8,230 GTQ
CAD Design Engineer7,280 GTQ
CAD Designer5,970 GTQ
CAE Engineer6,890 GTQ
Ceramics Engineer7,420 GTQ
Civil Engineer7,440 GTQ
Commissioning Engineer7,390 GTQ
Communications Engineer7,640 GTQ
Condition Monitoring Engineer6,120 GTQ
Contract Associate Engineer7,670 GTQ
Control Systems Engineer7,410 GTQ
Controls Engineer7,320 GTQ
Controls Software Engineer7,130 GTQ
Corrosion Engineer6,670 GTQ
Design Engineer7,980 GTQ
Drafter5,290 GTQ
Drafting Manager7,850 GTQ
Drilling Engineer7,080 GTQ
Electrical Draughtsman4,420 GTQ
Electrical Engineer7,810 GTQ
Electrical Engineering Manager9,010 GTQ
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist8,320 GTQ
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler7,100 GTQ
Energy Engineer8,140 GTQ
Engine Assembler5,130 GTQ
Engineer7,050 GTQ
Engineering Account Manager7,200 GTQ
Engineering Chief Designer7,850 GTQ
Engineering Consultant8,100 GTQ
Engineering Key Account Manager8,260 GTQ
Engineering Lab Technician6,680 GTQ
Engineering Planning Manager9,380 GTQ
Engineering Production Manager8,670 GTQ
Engineering Project Analyst8,060 GTQ
Engineering Project Coordinator 6,750 GTQ
Engineering Project Director8,770 GTQ
Engineering Project Manager9,020 GTQ
Engineering Research and Development Manager8,680 GTQ
Engineering Safety Coordinator6,540 GTQ
Engineering Sales Manager9,230 GTQ
Engineering Technician6,610 GTQ
Engineering Technologist6,720 GTQ
Environmental Engineer7,360 GTQ
Equipment Engineer6,700 GTQ
Equipment Engineering Manager8,890 GTQ
Estimator7,170 GTQ
Fabrication Specialist6,470 GTQ
Fabricator5,570 GTQ
Facade Engineer8,210 GTQ
Fiber Analyst6,070 GTQ
Field Engineer7,240 GTQ
Field Engineering Manager9,420 GTQ
Fire Engineer7,970 GTQ
Fitter and Turner4,100 GTQ
Forestry Strategic Planner8,520 GTQ
Generation Engineer8,450 GTQ
Genetic Engineer9,260 GTQ
Geological Engineer8,430 GTQ
Geotechnical Engineer8,310 GTQ
Heavy Equipment Mechanic6,040 GTQ
Highway Engineer6,710 GTQ
HSE Professional6,680 GTQ
HVAC Engineer7,430 GTQ
HVAC Supervisor7,320 GTQ
Industrial Engineer6,860 GTQ
Industrial Engineering Technologist6,750 GTQ
Instrument Engineer8,100 GTQ
Instrumentation and Control Engineer7,610 GTQ
Instrumentation Engineer8,140 GTQ
Instrumentation Manager8,580 GTQ
Irrigation Engineer6,780 GTQ
Licensed Aircraft Engineer7,560 GTQ
Locomotive Engineer7,140 GTQ
Maintenance Engineer6,610 GTQ
Maintenance Fitter4,850 GTQ
Maintenance Manager8,200 GTQ
Manufacturing Engineer8,270 GTQ
Marine Engineer6,940 GTQ
Materials Engineer7,170 GTQ
Materials Researcher8,040 GTQ
Materials Technician7,240 GTQ
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer8,390 GTQ
Mechanical Design Engineer7,530 GTQ
Mechanical Designer6,490 GTQ
Mechanical Engineer7,910 GTQ
Mechanical Engineering Manager9,130 GTQ
Mechanical Inspector7,450 GTQ
Mechatronics Engineer6,970 GTQ
Mining Engineer6,530 GTQ
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer8,040 GTQ
Optical Engineer6,810 GTQ
Optical Instrument Assembler6,040 GTQ
PCB Assembler5,170 GTQ
Photonics Engineer7,940 GTQ
Photonics Technician6,380 GTQ
Pipeline Engineer7,130 GTQ
Piping Designer6,250 GTQ
Piping Engineer6,980 GTQ
Planning Engineer7,220 GTQ
Pressure Vessel Inspector4,880 GTQ
Principal Cost Engineer8,100 GTQ
Principal Engineer8,000 GTQ
Principal Support Engineer6,920 GTQ
Process Engineer6,890 GTQ
Process Operator6,080 GTQ
Product Development Engineer7,480 GTQ
Product Development Technician6,480 GTQ
Product Engineer7,340 GTQ
Product Safety Engineer7,310 GTQ
Production Engineer7,840 GTQ
Project Engineer7,780 GTQ
Proposal Manager8,870 GTQ
Purchasing Engineer6,910 GTQ
Quality Assurance Engineer7,180 GTQ
Rail Engineer7,100 GTQ
Robotics Engineer8,700 GTQ
Robotics Technician7,080 GTQ
Safety Engineer6,930 GTQ
Safety Inspector6,680 GTQ
Safety Manager8,310 GTQ
Safety Officer6,200 GTQ
Sales Engineer6,980 GTQ
Scheduling Engineer6,260 GTQ
Service Engineer7,610 GTQ
Solar Engineer7,800 GTQ
Staff Engineer7,240 GTQ
Static Equipment Engineer6,880 GTQ
Stationary Engineer6,950 GTQ
Stress Engineer6,570 GTQ
Structural Analysis Engineer7,180 GTQ
Structural Designer6,540 GTQ
Structural Engineer7,190 GTQ
Structural Technician6,500 GTQ
Supply Chain Specialist8,320 GTQ
Surveyor5,360 GTQ
Technical Affairs Officer5,890 GTQ
Technical Assistant5,890 GTQ
Technical Engineer6,550 GTQ
Technical Support Engineer6,210 GTQ
Tender Engineer6,610 GTQ
Test Development Engineer7,040 GTQ
Transportation Engineer7,350 GTQ
Validation Engineer6,970 GTQ
Verification Engineer6,620 GTQ
Wastewater Engineer6,880 GTQ
Wind Energy Engineer7,850 GTQ
Wind Energy Operations Manager8,980 GTQ
Work Planner5,400 GTQ

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Guatemala

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

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Guatemala range from 4,160 GTQ per month (minimum average salary) to 9,970 GTQ per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 7,520 GTQ per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 7,520 GTQ while the other half are earning more than 7,520 GTQ. 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 5,250 GTQ while 75% of them are earning more than 5,250 GTQ. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 8,750 GTQ while 25% are earning more than 8,750 GTQ.

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?

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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 Guatemala costs anywhere from 42,200 Quetzal(s) to 127,000 Quetzal(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 Guatemala 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.

7,210 GTQ
7,750 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Guatemala for all Careers

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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Guatemala

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


Engineering professionals in Guatemala 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 Guatemala 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.

Guatemala / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Guatemala
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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 Guatemala is 4%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Information Technology

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

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

50% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 50% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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 monthly Guatemala
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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Guatemala earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
8,060 GTQ
Public Sector+11%
8,920 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering Salary Forecast and Trend in Guatemala

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

Salary trends and forecast monthly Guatemala Engineering
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Average Salary 2016
6,790 GTQ
Average Salary 2017+4%
7,040 GTQ
Average Salary 2018+2%
7,220 GTQ
Average Salary 2019+1%
7,310 GTQ
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Engineering salaries in Guatemala are rising in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 1% 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 Guatemala

43 GTQ per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Guatemala is 43 GTQ. This means that the average person in Guatemala earns approximately 43 GTQ 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 Guatemala
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The average salary for Engineering is 11% less than that of All Jobs.

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