• Question: what is the salary range?

    Asked by 859artc24 to Andrew, Lizzie, Nick, Sonia, Chuen on 18 Jun 2015. This question was also asked by 774artc24, 407artc42, 170artc52, Danny, 487artc22, 814artc222, yacin.
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      Yu Chuen Tam answered on 18 Jun 2015:


      Starting salary is usually around £24,000, higher in London, and higher for those engineers working in finance which can be as high as £40,000. After that the sky is the limit, usually higher in industry compared with public sector.

      With engineering, there is usually cares progression as you take on more responsibility the pay becomes higher, in civil and mechanical the big salary jump occurs when you get Charter Engineer status, less so with electronic or software.

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      Nicholas Hitchins answered on 19 Jun 2015:


      I didn’t get interested in engineering for the money. I got involved in engineering because I find it very interesting. There is also a huge lack of engineers in this country, which means there are a lot of jobs out there.
      I would definitely say that engineering in industry is a well-paid job. I work in consultancy which normally pays slightly higher than standard engineering jobs. The bottom line is, it is quite a well-paid job.

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      Andrew Phillips answered on 19 Jun 2015:


      I’d say starting graduate salaries are around £25k both in bioengineering and civil engineering, going up fairly quickly, so in 5-10 years you can be on £50k+ and if are leading a large team or develop something new and in demand then they can keep going up.

      I don’t think anyone really goes into engineering for the money though, you have to have a love for it, and to be curious about finding things out and solving problems.

      I know quite a few people who went into finance or banking, and got lots of money, but didn’t get any satisfaction out of their jobs, which isn’t a great situation to be in! Most of them quit after a few years.

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      Elizabeth Kapasa answered on 19 Jun 2015:


      I didn’t choose engineering because of the money but it does pay well as your progress in your career. I’m just starting out though. At the moment I’m doing a funded PhD so my course fees, experimental costs and travel is all paid for and on top of that I get paid about £17,000 tax free and get the benefits of being a postgraduate student.

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