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Engineering Average Salaries in Guatemala 2021

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

Average Monthly Salary
8,840 GTQ
( 106,000 GTQ yearly)


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.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer8,480 GTQ
Assembly Engineering Technician6,600 GTQ
Assistant Chief Engineer9,460 GTQ
Associate Engineer7,860 GTQ
Autocad Operator5,370 GTQ
Automation Engineer9,730 GTQ
Avionic System Support Engineer8,600 GTQ
Biochemical Engineer8,320 GTQ
BMS Engineer8,010 GTQ
Bridge and Lock Tender4,910 GTQ
Broadcast Engineer8,840 GTQ
CAD Design Engineer9,520 GTQ
CAD Designer5,710 GTQ
CAE Engineer8,570 GTQ
Ceramics Engineer8,460 GTQ
Civil Engineer9,460 GTQ
Commissioning Engineer8,860 GTQ
Communications Engineer9,650 GTQ
Condition Monitoring Engineer7,310 GTQ
Contract Associate Engineer8,480 GTQ
Control Systems Engineer8,600 GTQ
Controls Engineer8,490 GTQ
Controls Software Engineer7,620 GTQ
Corrosion Engineer7,830 GTQ
Design Engineer9,280 GTQ
Drafter5,440 GTQ
Drafting Manager9,880 GTQ
Drilling Engineer8,730 GTQ
Electrical Draughtsman4,320 GTQ
Electrical Engineer9,760 GTQ
Electrical Engineering Manager12,600 GTQ
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist9,910 GTQ
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler4,780 GTQ
Energy Engineer9,230 GTQ
Engine Assembler3,920 GTQ
Engineer9,180 GTQ
Engineering Account Manager10,400 GTQ
Engineering Chief Designer10,500 GTQ
Engineering Consultant11,600 GTQ
Engineering Key Account Manager12,500 GTQ
Engineering Lab Technician8,640 GTQ
Engineering Planning Manager12,900 GTQ
Engineering Production Manager15,000 GTQ
Engineering Project Analyst10,300 GTQ
Engineering Project Coordinator 9,770 GTQ
Engineering Project Director17,400 GTQ
Engineering Project Manager12,500 GTQ
Engineering Research and Development Manager14,100 GTQ
Engineering Safety Coordinator7,050 GTQ
Engineering Sales Manager12,500 GTQ
Engineering Technician6,910 GTQ
Engineering Technologist7,020 GTQ
Environmental Engineer8,420 GTQ
Equipment Engineer7,750 GTQ
Equipment Engineering Manager12,200 GTQ
Estimator7,730 GTQ
Fabrication Specialist6,570 GTQ
Fabricator4,180 GTQ
Facade Engineer8,960 GTQ
Fiber Analyst5,160 GTQ
Field Engineer9,550 GTQ
Field Engineering Manager15,400 GTQ
Fire Engineer9,240 GTQ
Fitter and Turner2,920 GTQ
Forestry Strategic Planner10,600 GTQ
Generation Engineer8,950 GTQ
Genetic Engineer10,000 GTQ
Geological Engineer9,190 GTQ
Geotechnical Engineer9,570 GTQ
Heavy Equipment Mechanic4,920 GTQ
Highway Engineer8,870 GTQ
HSE Professional8,470 GTQ
HVAC Engineer9,360 GTQ
HVAC Supervisor8,240 GTQ
Industrial Engineer8,380 GTQ
Industrial Engineering Technologist8,250 GTQ
Instrument Engineer8,780 GTQ
Instrumentation and Control Engineer8,560 GTQ
Instrumentation Engineer9,160 GTQ
Instrumentation Manager8,360 GTQ
Irrigation Engineer8,360 GTQ
Licensed Aircraft Engineer9,600 GTQ
Locomotive Engineer8,590 GTQ
Maintenance Engineer7,980 GTQ
Maintenance Fitter3,180 GTQ
Maintenance Manager8,440 GTQ
Manufacturing Engineer8,950 GTQ
Marine Engineer9,250 GTQ
Materials Engineer8,920 GTQ
Materials Researcher8,400 GTQ
Materials Technician6,680 GTQ
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer9,990 GTQ
Mechanical Design Engineer9,120 GTQ
Mechanical Designer7,300 GTQ
Mechanical Engineer9,580 GTQ
Mechanical Engineering Manager12,500 GTQ
Mechanical Inspector8,610 GTQ
Mechatronics Engineer9,410 GTQ
Mining Engineer8,630 GTQ
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer9,490 GTQ
Optical Engineer8,640 GTQ
Optical Instrument Assembler4,460 GTQ
PCB Assembler3,210 GTQ
Photonics Engineer9,680 GTQ
Photonics Technician7,810 GTQ
Pipeline Engineer8,250 GTQ
Piping Designer4,840 GTQ
Piping Engineer8,080 GTQ
Planning Engineer9,290 GTQ
Pressure Vessel Inspector4,270 GTQ
Principal Cost Engineer9,120 GTQ
Principal Engineer9,000 GTQ
Principal Support Engineer8,900 GTQ
Process Engineer8,510 GTQ
Process Operator5,150 GTQ
Product Development Engineer8,850 GTQ
Product Development Technician6,530 GTQ
Product Engineer9,670 GTQ
Product Safety Engineer8,640 GTQ
Production Engineer9,130 GTQ
Project Engineer9,720 GTQ
Proposal Manager12,000 GTQ
Purchasing Engineer7,850 GTQ
Quality Assurance Engineer9,000 GTQ
Rail Engineer9,060 GTQ
Robotics Engineer10,300 GTQ
Robotics Technician7,360 GTQ
Safety Engineer8,890 GTQ
Safety Inspector7,090 GTQ
Safety Manager10,900 GTQ
Safety Officer4,650 GTQ
Sales Engineer9,420 GTQ
Scheduling Engineer8,050 GTQ
Service Engineer8,960 GTQ
Solar Engineer9,600 GTQ
Staff Engineer9,080 GTQ
Static Equipment Engineer8,730 GTQ
Stationary Engineer8,320 GTQ
Stress Engineer8,090 GTQ
Structural Analysis Engineer8,440 GTQ
Structural Designer7,850 GTQ
Structural Engineer8,340 GTQ
Structural Technician5,970 GTQ
Supply Chain Specialist9,050 GTQ
Surveyor6,500 GTQ
Technical Affairs Officer4,500 GTQ
Technical Assistant4,350 GTQ
Technical Engineer7,700 GTQ
Technical Support Engineer7,310 GTQ
Tender Engineer7,970 GTQ
Test Development Engineer8,630 GTQ
Transportation Engineer8,340 GTQ
Validation Engineer7,920 GTQ
Verification Engineer8,180 GTQ
Wastewater Engineer8,670 GTQ
Wind Energy Engineer9,180 GTQ
Wind Energy Operations Manager11,900 GTQ
Work Planner6,110 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 2,810 GTQ per month (minimum average salary) to 18,700 GTQ per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    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.

  • 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 5,240 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.

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.
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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 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.

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 in Guatemala who work in Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.

9,070 GTQ
8,550 GTQ
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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

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 2020

Information Technology

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.

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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Guatemala

51 GTQ per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Guatemala is 51 GTQ. This means that the average person in Guatemala earns approximately 51 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 16% less than that of All Jobs.

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

Private Sector
10,000 GTQ
Public Sector+11%
11,100 GTQ
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