A person working in Engineering in Guatemala typically earns around 8,840 GTQ per month. Salaries range from 2,810 GTQ (lowest average) to 18,700 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.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||8,480 GTQ|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||6,600 GTQ|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||9,460 GTQ|
|Associate Engineer||7,860 GTQ|
|Autocad Operator||5,370 GTQ|
|Automation Engineer||9,250 GTQ|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||8,600 GTQ|
|Biochemical Engineer||8,320 GTQ|
|BMS Engineer||8,010 GTQ|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||4,910 GTQ|
|Broadcast Engineer||8,840 GTQ|
|CAD Design Engineer||9,520 GTQ|
|CAD Designer||5,710 GTQ|
|CAE Engineer||8,570 GTQ|
|Ceramics Engineer||8,460 GTQ|
|Civil Engineer||9,460 GTQ|
|Commissioning Engineer||8,860 GTQ|
|Communications Engineer||9,650 GTQ|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||7,310 GTQ|
|Contract Associate Engineer||8,480 GTQ|
|Control Systems Engineer||8,600 GTQ|
|Controls Engineer||8,490 GTQ|
|Controls Software Engineer||7,620 GTQ|
|Corrosion Engineer||7,830 GTQ|
|Design Engineer||9,280 GTQ|
|Drafting Manager||9,880 GTQ|
|Drilling Engineer||8,730 GTQ|
|Electrical Draughtsman||4,320 GTQ|
|Electrical Engineer||9,760 GTQ|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||12,600 GTQ|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||9,910 GTQ|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||4,780 GTQ|
|Energy Engineer||9,230 GTQ|
|Engine Assembler||3,920 GTQ|
|Engineering Account Manager||10,400 GTQ|
|Engineering Chief Designer||10,500 GTQ|
|Engineering Consultant||11,600 GTQ|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||12,500 GTQ|
|Engineering Lab Technician||8,640 GTQ|
|Engineering Planning Manager||12,900 GTQ|
|Engineering Production Manager||15,000 GTQ|
|Engineering Project Analyst||10,300 GTQ|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||9,770 GTQ|
|Engineering Project Director||17,400 GTQ|
|Engineering Project Manager||12,500 GTQ|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||14,100 GTQ|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||7,050 GTQ|
|Engineering Sales Manager||12,500 GTQ|
|Engineering Technician||6,910 GTQ|
|Engineering Technologist||7,020 GTQ|
|Environmental Engineer||8,420 GTQ|
|Equipment Engineer||7,750 GTQ|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||12,200 GTQ|
|Fabrication Specialist||6,570 GTQ|
|Facade Engineer||8,960 GTQ|
|Fiber Analyst||5,160 GTQ|
|Field Engineer||9,550 GTQ|
|Field Engineering Manager||15,400 GTQ|
|Fire Engineer||9,240 GTQ|
|Fitter and Turner||2,920 GTQ|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||10,600 GTQ|
|Generation Engineer||8,950 GTQ|
|Genetic Engineer||10,000 GTQ|
|Geological Engineer||9,190 GTQ|
|Geotechnical Engineer||9,570 GTQ|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||4,920 GTQ|
|Highway Engineer||8,870 GTQ|
|HSE Professional||8,470 GTQ|
|HVAC Engineer||9,360 GTQ|
|HVAC Supervisor||8,240 GTQ|
|Industrial Engineer||8,380 GTQ|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||8,250 GTQ|
|Instrument Engineer||8,780 GTQ|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||8,560 GTQ|
|Instrumentation Engineer||9,160 GTQ|
|Instrumentation Manager||8,360 GTQ|
|Irrigation Engineer||8,360 GTQ|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||9,600 GTQ|
|Locomotive Engineer||8,590 GTQ|
|Maintenance Engineer||7,980 GTQ|
|Maintenance Fitter||3,180 GTQ|
|Maintenance Manager||8,440 GTQ|
|Manufacturing Engineer||8,950 GTQ|
|Marine Engineer||9,250 GTQ|
|Materials Engineer||8,920 GTQ|
|Materials Researcher||8,400 GTQ|
|Materials Technician||6,680 GTQ|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||9,990 GTQ|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||9,120 GTQ|
|Mechanical Designer||7,300 GTQ|
|Mechanical Engineer||9,580 GTQ|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||12,500 GTQ|
|Mechanical Inspector||8,610 GTQ|
|Mechatronics Engineer||9,410 GTQ|
|Mining Engineer||8,630 GTQ|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||9,490 GTQ|
|Optical Engineer||8,640 GTQ|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||4,460 GTQ|
|PCB Assembler||3,210 GTQ|
|Photonics Engineer||9,680 GTQ|
|Photonics Technician||7,810 GTQ|
|Pipeline Engineer||8,250 GTQ|
|Piping Designer||4,840 GTQ|
|Piping Engineer||8,080 GTQ|
|Planning Engineer||9,290 GTQ|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||4,270 GTQ|
|Principal Cost Engineer||9,120 GTQ|
|Principal Engineer||9,000 GTQ|
|Principal Support Engineer||8,900 GTQ|
|Process Engineer||8,510 GTQ|
|Process Operator||5,150 GTQ|
|Product Development Engineer||8,850 GTQ|
|Product Development Technician||6,530 GTQ|
|Product Engineer||9,670 GTQ|
|Product Safety Engineer||8,640 GTQ|
|Production Engineer||9,130 GTQ|
|Project Engineer||9,720 GTQ|
|Proposal Manager||12,000 GTQ|
|Purchasing Engineer||7,850 GTQ|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||9,000 GTQ|
|Rail Engineer||9,060 GTQ|
|Robotics Engineer||10,300 GTQ|
|Robotics Technician||7,360 GTQ|
|Safety Engineer||8,890 GTQ|
|Safety Inspector||7,090 GTQ|
|Safety Manager||10,900 GTQ|
|Safety Officer||4,650 GTQ|
|Sales Engineer||9,420 GTQ|
|Scheduling Engineer||8,050 GTQ|
|Service Engineer||8,960 GTQ|
|Solar Engineer||9,600 GTQ|
|Staff Engineer||9,080 GTQ|
|Static Equipment Engineer||8,730 GTQ|
|Stationary Engineer||8,320 GTQ|
|Stress Engineer||8,090 GTQ|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||8,440 GTQ|
|Structural Designer||7,850 GTQ|
|Structural Engineer||8,340 GTQ|
|Structural Technician||5,970 GTQ|
|Supply Chain Specialist||9,050 GTQ|
|Technical Affairs Officer||4,500 GTQ|
|Technical Assistant||4,350 GTQ|
|Technical Engineer||7,700 GTQ|
|Technical Support Engineer||7,310 GTQ|
|Tender Engineer||7,970 GTQ|
|Test Development Engineer||8,630 GTQ|
|Transportation Engineer||8,340 GTQ|
|Validation Engineer||7,920 GTQ|
|Verification Engineer||8,180 GTQ|
|Wastewater Engineer||8,670 GTQ|
|Wind Energy Engineer||9,180 GTQ|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||11,900 GTQ|
|Work Planner||6,110 GTQ|
Engineering salaries in Guatemala range from 2,810 GTQ per month (minimum average salary) to 18,700 GTQ per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 8,840 GTQ per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 8,840 GTQ while the other half are earning more than 8,840 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.
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 5,240 GTQ while 75% of them are earning more than 5,240 GTQ. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 13,800 GTQ while 25% are earning more than 13,800 GTQ.
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 Guatemala costs anywhere from 52,400 Quetzal(s) to 157,000 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.
Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male employees in Guatemala who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
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.
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 Guatemala 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.
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.
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.
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 16% less than that of All Jobs.
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 on average across all sectors.