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Professionally registered engineers report higher earnings

Published: 13/07/2018

Average salaries are higher among professionally registered engineers in all areas of industry, according to a 2018 Salary Survey produced by The Engineer.

Professionally registered respondents reported a mean average salary of £51,930, compared to £43,914 for respondents who are not professionally registered. The survey also found that average salaries amongst professionally registered respondents were higher in every industry sector.

Engineer at workCommenting on the survey’s findings, Alasdair Coates, CEO of the Engineering Council said: “The Engineering Council notes the higher average salaries commanded across all sectors by professionally registered engineers in this survey. Professional registration is an internationally recognised assessment of your competence that demonstrates your commitment to employers and clients; these responses indicate the impact registration can have on earning potential.”

While the difference in salary was greatest at Director level, professionally registered respondents earned higher average salaries at every level of seniority. Respondents at Senior Engineer/Manager level who are professionally registered earned an average of over £6,000 a year more than their non-registered colleagues. The greatest difference in salary found was in the Chemicals & Pharma/Medical sector, where professional registration accounts for an average difference of almost £12,000.

The first step towards professional registration is joining one of the professional engineering institutions licensed by the Engineering Council; they can then advise you on the best way forward for your specific circumstances.

Alasdair Coates, CEO of the Engineering Council said: “Registrants consistently tell us that achieving professional registration has increased their credibility, helped them gain promotion or win more business. These responses suggest that professional registration can also boost earnings, again demonstrating that it is an investment in your future.”



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Kate Webster, Engineering Council –, 020 3206 0567

The Engineering Council holds the national Register of Engineering Technicians (EngTech), Incorporated Engineers (IEng), Chartered Engineers (CEng) and Information and Communication Technology Technicians (ICTTech). It also sets and maintains the internationally recognised standards of competence and ethics that govern the award and retention of these titles. By this means it is able to ensure that employers, government and wider society, both at home and overseas, can have confidence in the skills and commitment of registrants. For more information visit: