Engineering Career Resources

Energy Engineer Salary

Energy engineers' salaries range from £20,000 for graduates to £80,000 a year for energy professionals in senior management roles, according to Prospects.ac.uk. Experienced engineers and those employed in senior roles typically make from £35,000 to £80,000 a year.

Salaries and hourly rates can vary depending on an engineer's field of expertise, industry sector, company size, location, and nature of the work itself. Senior energy analysts, for instance, earn between £40,000 and £50,000 a year, while energy and environmental managers earn about £50,000 to £55,000 a year. Energy engineers in senior roles, consultancy and project management jobs typically earn from £30,000 to £50,000 a year. Renewable energy consultants can earn between £30,000 and £35,000 a year, while senior renewable energy advisors make between £40,000 and £42,000 per year. Energy project managers typically have an annual salary in the range from £40,000 to £50,000 a year.

Starting salary

Energy engineers who are new to the profession usually earn between £20,000 and £30,000 a year according to Prospects.ac.uk, and those with 1 to 4 years of experience in the field have salaries in the range between £24,000 and £35,000 according to Payscale.

Graduate salary at EDF Energy is about £25,000 a year according to Target Jobs, while UK Power Networks pays graduates around £28,000 a year.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for energy engineers is £13.9 according to MySalary.co.uk. The numbers can vary significantly depending on a number of factors. Renewable energy engineers, for instance, typically earn £17.75 per hour, which is slightly above the average.

General salary information

Energy engineers can be employed in engineering companies or businesses that require their particular skills, or they can work as contractors or consultants, either freelance or within consulting firms. Those employed in companies typically earn between £24,000 and £37,488 according to data from Payscale.

Renewable energy is an important topic to both governments and industries and, as a result, the renewable energy sector is growing rapidly. Issues related to carbon emissions, the demand for oil and gas, as well as alternative fuels, and energy efficiency can only become more important in the foreseeable future, which is why the sector always needs professionals who will do the research and development necessary to optimise existing energy use and find new sources of renewable energy.

Energy engineers have a variety of career options and, because the energy sector offers so much diversity, engineers have access to a wide range of opportunities that allow them to constantly acquire new skills and gain experience in a variety of different roles across a number of industries. Other than engineering firms and consultancies, energy engineers can find potential employers in environmental consultancies as well as in the education system.

Professional certification plays a key role in determining an engineer's salary. Energy engineers with relevant academic degrees can gain the status of chartered energy engineers or chartered energy managers, awarded by the Energy Institute. Those with engineering degrees can obtain incorporated or chartered engineer status, awarded by the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Having chartered status can be particularly beneficial to an engineer's career options, as it is usually a requirement for top paying jobs at major engineering companies and consulting firms.