Engineering Career Resources

Maintenance Engineer Salary

Maintenance engineers' salaries can vary greatly depending on their years of experience, field of expertise, industry, company size, location, and the nature of the work. Working hours usually make a difference as well, because many production plants operate during the night and need supervision, so maintenance engineers often work night shifts, which reflects on their salary.

The average salary for maintenance engineers in the UK typically ranges from £16,019 to £40,070 according to information provided by Payscale. Engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience earn between £12,919 and £32,681 a year, those with 5 to 9 years make from £17,185 to £40,268, and engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £19,439 and £42,416 a year.

The size of the employing company can make a difference, too. Maintenance engineers with jobs at companies that employ 1 to 9 people typically earn between £14,400 and £20,974, while those employed at companies with 50,000 or more employees make between £19,330 and £38,510 a year on average.

Experienced maintenance engineers and those employed in senior roles earn between £30,000 and £45,000 a year on average according to Prospects.ac.uk.

Starting salary

The average starting salaries for maintenance engineers range from £20,000 to £24,000 according to Prospects.ac.uk.

Hourly wage

The hourly rates vary significantly depending on a number of factors, but on average, maintenance engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience can expect from £6.77 to £8.38 per hour, those with 5 to 9 years of experience make from £9.37 to £14.09 per hour, and engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £10.99 and £15.54 per hour.

General salary information

Maintenance engineers usually find work in the process, construction and manufacturing industries, and occasionally in the public sector. Many companies usually start the recruitment process in the autumn term, seeking candidates with hands-on experience and skills learned at technician level jobs.

Maintenance engineers have a number of options in terms of advancing their career. Those employed at entry-level jobs can undertake training programs to develop their skills and gain some cross-functional experience. Employers usually provide some kind of technical training within their companies.

Potential employers will place great value on relevant work experience, including experience gained through vacation placements, so these can be a definite asset on an engineer's resume.

Obtaining the status of engineering technician (Eng Tech), incorporated (IEng) and especially chartered engineer (CEng) significantly increases an engineer's salary and broadens his or her career options. Not only does it boost their chances of landing senior engineering jobs, but it also opens doors for them if they apply for positions within major engineering companies and consulting firms.

Maintenance engineers can be self-employed or do freelance work as contractors on projects involving different kinds of equipment or processes at specialist production plants. With the right qualifications and enough relevant work experience, they can also work at engineering consultancies, developing maintenance solutions for businesses across a variety of sectors. Engineers with a specialist knowledge area can usually find good job opportunities overseas as well.