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Design Engineer Salary

Design Engineer Salary

Design engineers' salaries typically range from £19,414 to £37,142 a year according to Payscale. Salaries depend on a variety of factors, from the field of specialty to the job title and years of experience working in the field. Design engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience usually earn between £18,005 and £32,835 a year, those with 5 to 9 years of experience make from £22,312 to £36,958 a year, engineers with 10 to 19 years under their belt earn between £24,944 and £49,132 a year, while those with 20 years or more of experience in design engineering earn between £24,161 and £45,615 on average.

Salaries vary in terms of specialty and job title, too. Mechanical design engineers earn between £19,509 and £37,899 a year on average, while senior mechanical design engineers make from £29,192 to £49,822 a year. Electrical design engineers typically earn from £19,067 to £41,122 a year, while structural design engineers earn between £22,180 and £38,650 a year.

Experienced design engineers can earn to up £40,000 a year, while those employed in senior jobs earn £50,000 a year or more according to Total Jobs.

Starting salary

Starting salaries for design engineers in the UK range from £18,000 to £25,000 a year according to Total Jobs. Design engineers with less than a year of relevant work experience earn between £19,653 and £25,943 according to Payscale.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for design engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience ranges from £5.49 to £22.50 per hour, and for those with 10 to 19 years of experience, from £18.50 to £28.00 per hour according to Payscale. The rate for electrical design engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience ranges from £6.00 to £14.50 per hour.

The hourly wage for mechanical design engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience ranges from £7.03 to £18.31, for those with 5 to 9 years of experience from £12.24 to £30.64, and for engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience, from £16.21 to £27.47 per hour.

General salary information

Obtaining the status of chartered engineer can significantly increase one's salary. Design engineers with the status of Chartered Mechanical Engineer (MIMechE), certified by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, typically earn between £33,433 and £38,974 a year.

Salaries can depend on the type of employer: design engineers employed by companies typically earn between £19,167 and £37,437 a year, while those working for firms or private practices make between £20,653 and £34,057 a year.

An academic degree can make a huge difference when it comes to salary, too, Design engineers with a bachelor's degree earn between £18,730 and £37,511 a year, those with a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng/BE) degree earn from £21,084 to £38,809 a year, while engineers with a Master of Science (MSc)/Mechanical Engineering (ME) degree earn between £26,246 and £39,305 a year.

Top salaries for design engineers by industry are in steel/metal manufacturing (£18,821 - £39,305 a year), oil & gas (£22,161 - £39,250), aerospace manufacturing (£19,127 - £35,479), and mechanical engineering services (£20,475 - £34,274).