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Civil Engineer Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does a Civil Engineer make in Hong Kong?


Average Monthly Salary
40,900 HKD
( 491,000 HKD yearly)

LOW
19,200
HKD
AVERAGE
40,900
HKD
HIGH
64,600
HKD

A person working as a Civil Engineer in Hong Kong typically earns around 40,900 HKD per month. Salaries range from 19,200 HKD (lowest) to 64,600 HKD (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Civil Engineer salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Civil Engineer Salary Distribution in Hong Kong

Median and salary distribution monthly Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Civil Engineer salaries in Hong Kong range from 19,200 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 64,600 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 43,300 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 43,300 HKD while the other half are earning more than 43,300 HKD. 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 Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 28,200 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 28,200 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Civil Engineer(s) are earning less than 57,200 HKD while 25% are earning more than 57,200 HKD.


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

Civil Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Civil Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 22,200 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 30,600 HKD per month, 38% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 43,500 HKD per month, 42% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

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.

Additionally, Civil Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 53,000 HKD per month, 22% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 56,000 HKD per month, 6% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 61,000 HKD per month, 9% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Civil Engineer average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
22,200 HKD
2 - 5 Years+38%
30,600 HKD
5 - 10 Years+42%
43,500 HKD
10 - 15 Years+22%
53,000 HKD
15 - 20 Years+6%
56,000 HKD
20+ Years+9%
61,000 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

Displayed below is the average salary difference between different Civil Engineer(s) who have the same experience but different education levels.

Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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We all know that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We broke down Civil Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of a Civil Engineer is 30,600 HKD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 56,000 HKD per month, 83% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Civil Engineer average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

Bachelor's Degree
30,600 HKD
Master's Degree+83%
56,000 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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 Hong Kong costs anywhere from 230,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 691,000 Hong Kong Dollar(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 the thoery. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

If you can afford the costs of higher education, the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.


Typical Salary Difference by Education for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Education Level
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Civil Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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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 Civil Engineer employees in Hong Kong earn 13% more than their female counterparts.

Female
38,600 HKD
Male+13%
43,700 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Hong Kong
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Civil Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

How much are annual salary increments in Hong Kong for Civil Engineer(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?

Civil Engineer

Civil Engineer(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 32 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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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.

Hong Kong / All Professions

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong
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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 Hong Kong is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2019

Banking
7%
Energy
5%
Information Technology
3%
Healthcare
1%
Travel
8%
Construction
6%
Education
4%

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Hong Kong 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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Civil Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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A Civil Engineer is considered to be a low bonus-based job 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.

85% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 15% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 0% to 4% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
15%
No Bonus
85%

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.

Example:
A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

Example:
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

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Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector Civil Engineer employees in Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts.

Private Sector
44,700 HKD
Public Sector+10%
49,300 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer Salary Trend and Forecast in Hong Kong

How are Civil Engineer salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary in recent years.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Hong Kong Civil Engineer
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Average Salary 2016
36,000 HKD
Average Salary 2017+4%
37,300 HKD
Average Salary 2018+3%
38,600 HKD
Average Salary 2019+3%
39,800 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Civil Engineer salaries in Hong Kong are on the rise 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.

Civil Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong


240 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 240 HKD. This means that the average Civil Engineer in Hong Kong earns approximately 240 HKD 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.

Civil Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Civil Engineer and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Hong Kong
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The average salary for Civil Engineer is 25% more than that of Construction / Building / Installation. Also, Construction / Building / Installation salaries are 29% less than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adjudicator25,700 HKD-37%
Assembler26,600 HKD-35%
Boat Builder and Shipwright28,700 HKD-30%
Bricklayer21,300 HKD-48%
Building Administrator27,100 HKD-34%
Building Contracts Manager48,100 HKD+18%
Building Inspector30,000 HKD-27%
Building Monitor21,800 HKD-47%
Building Sales Manager47,900 HKD+17%
Cabinetmaker24,800 HKD-39%
Carpenter26,300 HKD-36%
Civil Engineer40,900 HKD+0%
Civil Technician34,000 HKD-17%
Concreter29,400 HKD-28%
Construction and Maintenance Manager32,700 HKD-20%
Construction Assistant31,600 HKD-23%
Construction Coordinator35,500 HKD-13%
Construction Estimator37,100 HKD-9%
Construction Field Engineer39,100 HKD-4%
Construction General Manager45,300 HKD+11%
Construction Inventory Officer23,600 HKD-42%
Construction Operations Manager40,600 HKD-1%
Construction Project Coordinator39,200 HKD-4%
Construction Project Engineer39,000 HKD-5%
Construction Project Manager50,000 HKD+22%
Construction Project Planner40,000 HKD-2%
Construction Quality Control Manager43,800 HKD+7%
Construction Safety Officer36,300 HKD-11%
Construction Superintendent36,700 HKD-10%
Construction Supervisor43,400 HKD+6%
Construction Technical Assistant29,100 HKD-29%
Construction Technical Officer28,500 HKD-30%
Construction Technical Writer26,500 HKD-35%
Construction Technician24,200 HKD-41%
Crane and Tower Operator25,900 HKD-37%
Diesel Mechanic23,000 HKD-44%
Drywall Installer24,100 HKD-41%
Electrical Draftsman22,900 HKD-44%
Electrical Engineering Supervisor41,600 HKD+2%
Electrical Engineering Technician32,200 HKD-21%
Electrician35,400 HKD-13%
Elevator Installer and Repairer28,500 HKD-30%
Engineer39,700 HKD-3%
Excavator Operator28,200 HKD-31%
Floor Finisher30,700 HKD-25%
Floor Manager35,100 HKD-14%
Foreman22,400 HKD-45%
Frame and Truss Detailer23,800 HKD-42%
Furniture Finisher21,800 HKD-47%
Gas Technician 20,800 HKD-49%
Handyman22,300 HKD-45%
Health and Safety Coordinator29,700 HKD-27%
Health and Safety Officer28,400 HKD-31%
Installation Manager42,400 HKD+4%
Installer25,100 HKD-39%
Insulation Installer24,000 HKD-41%
Labourer19,700 HKD-52%
Land Surveyor27,600 HKD-33%
Lift Technician21,800 HKD-47%
Material Tester27,300 HKD-33%
Model Maker27,100 HKD-34%
Order Picker22,400 HKD-45%
Painter23,800 HKD-42%
Pipe Layer20,500 HKD-50%
Pipefitter20,900 HKD-49%
Plumber24,100 HKD-41%
Property Coordinator40,700 HKD-0%
Purchasing Manager43,000 HKD+5%
Quantity Surveyor36,000 HKD-12%
Roof Slater and Tiler24,800 HKD-39%
Sheet Metal Mechanic27,900 HKD-32%
Site Clerk25,300 HKD-38%
Site engineer35,600 HKD-13%
Site Leader42,600 HKD+4%
Stock Controller32,700 HKD-20%
Structural Steel Construction Worker26,600 HKD-35%
Technical Draughtsman28,000 HKD-32%
Tendering Manager50,200 HKD+23%
Tower Crane Operator22,300 HKD-45%
Wall and Floor Tiler21,400 HKD-48%
Warehouse Manager42,100 HKD+3%
Welder21,700 HKD-47%
Welding Superintendent25,300 HKD-38%
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