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Electrical Engineer Average Salary in Hong Kong 2020

How much money does an Electrical Engineer make in Hong Kong?


Average Monthly Salary
32,900 HKD
( 395,000 HKD yearly)

LOW
16,800
HKD
AVERAGE
32,900
HKD
HIGH
50,600
HKD

A person working as an Electrical Engineer in Hong Kong typically earns around 32,900 HKD per month. Salaries range from 16,800 HKD (lowest) to 50,600 HKD (highest).

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

Electrical Engineer Salary Distribution in Hong Kong

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

  • Salary Range

    Electrical Engineer salaries in Hong Kong range from 16,800 HKD per month (minimum salary) to 50,600 HKD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 32,200 HKD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 32,200 HKD while the other half are earning more than 32,200 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 Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 22,100 HKD while 75% of them are earning more than 22,100 HKD. Also from the diagram, 75% of Electrical Engineer(s) are earning less than 40,600 HKD while 25% are earning more than 40,600 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

Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

Salary comparison by years of experience monthly Hong Kong Electrical 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 Electrical Engineer salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

An Electrical Engineer with less than two years of experience makes approximately 18,800 HKD per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 24,600 HKD per month, 31% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 34,400 HKD per month, 40% 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, Electrical Engineer(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 41,300 HKD per month, 20% 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 44,900 HKD per month, 9% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 48,400 HKD per month, 8% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.


Electrical Engineer average salary change by experience in Hong Kong

0 - 2 Years
18,800 HKD
2 - 5 Years+31%
24,600 HKD
5 - 10 Years+40%
34,400 HKD
10 - 15 Years+20%
41,300 HKD
15 - 20 Years+9%
44,900 HKD
20+ Years+8%
48,400 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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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Education

How do education levels affect salaries?

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

Salary comparison by education level monthly Hong Kong Electrical 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 Electrical Engineer salaries by education level in order to make a comparison.

When the education level is Bachelor's Degree, the average salary of an Electrical Engineer is 23,200 HKD per month.

While someone with a Master's Degree gets a salary of 41,200 HKD per month, 77% more than someone having a Bachelor's Degree degree.


Electrical Engineer average salary difference by education level in Hong Kong

Bachelor's Degree
23,200 HKD
Master's Degree+77%
41,200 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 183,000 Hong Kong Dollar(s) to 549,000 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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Electrical Engineer Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Hong Kong Electrical 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 Electrical Engineer employees in Hong Kong earn 16% more than their female counterparts on average.

Female
30,600 HKD
Male+16%
35,400 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Hong Kong for all Careers

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Electrical Engineer Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Hong Kong

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

Electrical Engineer

Electrical Engineer(s) in Hong Kong are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 7% every 29 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Hong Kong Electrical 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

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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Electrical Engineer Bonus and Incentive Rates in Hong Kong

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Hong Kong Electrical Engineer
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An Electrical Engineer is considered to be a moderate 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.

64% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 36% 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
36%
No Bonus
64%

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 employees in Hong Kong earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
35,500 HKD
Public Sector+10%
39,200 HKD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Electrical Engineer Average Hourly Wage in Hong Kong


190 HKD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Hong Kong is 190 HKD. This means that the average Electrical Engineer in Hong Kong earns approximately 190 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.

Electrical Engineer VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Electrical Engineer and Engineering monthly Hong Kong
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The average salary for Electrical Engineer is 6% more than that of Engineering. Also, Engineering salaries are 15% less than those of All Jobs.

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Communications Engineer32,100 HKD-2%
Condition Monitoring Engineer26,200 HKD-20%
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Control Systems Engineer30,900 HKD-6%
Controls Engineer31,600 HKD-4%
Controls Software Engineer27,600 HKD-16%
Corrosion Engineer27,800 HKD-15%
Design Engineer30,800 HKD-6%
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Drafting Manager36,700 HKD+12%
Drilling Engineer29,200 HKD-11%
Electrical Draughtsman15,300 HKD-53%
Electrical Engineer32,900 HKD+0%
Electrical Engineering Manager42,900 HKD+30%
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist33,700 HKD+2%
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler16,400 HKD-50%
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Engine Assembler13,500 HKD-59%
Engineer31,400 HKD-5%
Engineering Account Manager36,600 HKD+11%
Engineering Chief Designer33,400 HKD+2%
Engineering Consultant40,400 HKD+23%
Engineering Key Account Manager42,400 HKD+29%
Engineering Lab Technician30,400 HKD-8%
Engineering Planning Manager41,400 HKD+26%
Engineering Production Manager52,900 HKD+61%
Engineering Project Analyst37,100 HKD+13%
Engineering Project Coordinator 36,400 HKD+11%
Engineering Project Director60,700 HKD+85%
Engineering Project Manager45,100 HKD+37%
Engineering Research and Development Manager48,300 HKD+47%
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Engineering Sales Manager43,200 HKD+31%
Engineering Technician25,000 HKD-24%
Engineering Technologist24,300 HKD-26%
Environmental Engineer29,100 HKD-12%
Equipment Engineer27,000 HKD-18%
Equipment Engineering Manager38,900 HKD+18%
Estimator27,300 HKD-17%
Fabrication Specialist22,700 HKD-31%
Fabricator14,500 HKD-56%
Facade Engineer31,300 HKD-5%
Fiber Analyst17,700 HKD-46%
Field Engineer30,500 HKD-7%
Field Engineering Manager49,500 HKD+51%
Fire Engineer29,500 HKD-10%
Fitter and Turner9,410 HKD-71%
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Generation Engineer30,000 HKD-9%
Genetic Engineer34,400 HKD+5%
Geological Engineer31,500 HKD-4%
Geotechnical Engineer34,400 HKD+5%
Heavy Equipment Mechanic16,300 HKD-50%
Highway Engineer32,100 HKD-2%
HSE Professional27,800 HKD-15%
HVAC Engineer34,200 HKD+4%
HVAC Supervisor29,200 HKD-11%
Industrial Engineer30,800 HKD-6%
Industrial Engineering Technologist31,000 HKD-6%
Instrument Engineer30,400 HKD-8%
Instrumentation and Control Engineer29,700 HKD-10%
Instrumentation Engineer30,800 HKD-6%
Instrumentation Manager29,500 HKD-10%
Irrigation Engineer31,000 HKD-6%
Licensed Aircraft Engineer32,500 HKD-1%
Locomotive Engineer28,600 HKD-13%
Maintenance Engineer29,800 HKD-9%
Maintenance Fitter11,200 HKD-66%
Maintenance Manager32,000 HKD-3%
Manufacturing Engineer30,600 HKD-7%
Marine Engineer31,800 HKD-3%
Materials Engineer30,900 HKD-6%
Materials Researcher29,000 HKD-12%
Materials Technician21,400 HKD-35%
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer32,300 HKD-2%
Mechanical Design Engineer34,200 HKD+4%
Mechanical Designer27,600 HKD-16%
Mechanical Engineer33,500 HKD+2%
Mechanical Engineering Manager44,000 HKD+34%
Mechanical Inspector30,000 HKD-9%
Mechatronics Engineer33,000 HKD+0%
Mining Engineer29,900 HKD-9%
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer34,000 HKD+3%
Optical Engineer31,300 HKD-5%
Optical Instrument Assembler16,300 HKD-50%
PCB Assembler11,600 HKD-65%
Photonics Engineer33,400 HKD+2%
Photonics Technician27,200 HKD-17%
Pipeline Engineer27,700 HKD-16%
Piping Designer16,400 HKD-50%
Piping Engineer27,500 HKD-16%
Planning Engineer32,300 HKD-2%
Pressure Vessel Inspector15,200 HKD-54%
Principal Cost Engineer32,700 HKD-1%
Principal Engineer31,200 HKD-5%
Principal Support Engineer31,100 HKD-5%
Process Engineer30,700 HKD-7%
Process Operator18,900 HKD-43%
Product Development Engineer32,200 HKD-2%
Product Development Technician23,500 HKD-29%
Product Engineer32,100 HKD-2%
Product Safety Engineer29,600 HKD-10%
Production Engineer31,800 HKD-3%
Project Engineer32,500 HKD-1%
Proposal Manager41,300 HKD+26%
Purchasing Engineer27,800 HKD-15%
Quality Assurance Engineer30,400 HKD-8%
Rail Engineer30,800 HKD-6%
Robotics Engineer34,100 HKD+4%
Robotics Technician24,600 HKD-25%
Safety Engineer30,400 HKD-8%
Safety Inspector23,200 HKD-29%
Safety Manager38,100 HKD+16%
Safety Officer16,100 HKD-51%
Sales Engineer32,100 HKD-2%
Scheduling Engineer27,000 HKD-18%
Service Engineer32,200 HKD-2%
Solar Engineer33,300 HKD+1%
Staff Engineer29,100 HKD-12%
Static Equipment Engineer29,200 HKD-11%
Stationary Engineer27,800 HKD-15%
Stress Engineer29,000 HKD-12%
Structural Analysis Engineer30,500 HKD-7%
Structural Designer28,100 HKD-15%
Structural Engineer30,400 HKD-8%
Structural Technician19,800 HKD-40%
Supply Chain Specialist30,800 HKD-6%
Surveyor23,200 HKD-29%
Technical Affairs Officer16,000 HKD-51%
Technical Assistant15,900 HKD-52%
Technical Engineer26,800 HKD-19%
Technical Support Engineer26,200 HKD-20%
Tender Engineer28,800 HKD-12%
Test Development Engineer30,600 HKD-7%
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Validation Engineer27,800 HKD-15%
Verification Engineer29,200 HKD-11%
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