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Automotive Engineer Salary

Automotive Engineer Salary

Automotive engineers' salaries depend on the employer, relevant work experience, academic degree, and nature of the job among other things. The salaries for experienced automotive engineers in the UK range from £35,000 to £45,000 a year, while engineers in senior jobs can earn more than £65,000 a year according to Prospects.ac.uk. The average salary for a UK-based automotive engineer is £31,747 a year according to MySalary.co.uk.

Engineers working in the car industry make between £29,479 and £39,000 a year on average. Those specializing in engineering design earn from £12,164 to £48,784 a year. Engineers employed by companies typically have a salary in the range between £19,933 and £47,689 a year.

The average salary for all automotive engineering jobs in the UK ranges from £20,067 to £47,445 a year according to Payscale. Automotive engineers with the status of Certified Professional Engineer (PE) earn between £22,803 and £38,323 a year on average.

Automotive engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience earn between £12,255 and £41,106 a year, those with 5 to 9 years make from £27,314 to £39,677 a year, and engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £35,500 and £48,739 a year.

Starting salary

Starting salaries for automotive engineers are in the range between £23,000 and £30,000 a year according to Prospects.ac.uk.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for automotive engineers in the UK is £15.87 according to MySalary.co.uk.

General salary information

Automotive engineers usually have benefits that include discounts on vehicle purchase, performance-based bonuses, health insurance and retirement schemes, depending on the employer. Most automotive engineers are employed by big engineering firms or manufacturing companies. Sometimes they work as contractors after a certain number of years in the industry, which is a very lucrative career option, but only available to engineers with a high level of expertise and experience.

The most important factor for career advancement in the automotive engineering field is relevant work experience. Internships that are part of candidates' undergraduate course can be very useful in this respect, and a number of large companies make these available. Volunteer work in a relevant field, for instance in the motorsport industry, can also look good on the resume. In the UK, most automotive engineering jobs are found in the Midlands, but positions are also available in smaller firms providing specialist services to automotive companies across the UK.

For those who are only starting their careers, student affiliate membership in the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMEchE) can provide networking opportunities and access to career advice and training courses.

Automotive engineers have a variety of career options available to them. After gaining some work experience, they can move to senior management jobs or choose a field of specialty. They can also move to project team management or consultancy.

Automotive engineers often work toward obtaining chartered status, which comes with a significant salary bump. Those aiming for the CEng status should make sure that the training programs they accept are accredited by a professional industry body, usually the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). Graduates can obtain either CEng or incorporated engineer (IEng) status four to six years after graduation.