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Process Engineer Salary

Process Engineer Salary

Process engineers in the UK earn between £23,605 and £50,347 a year on average according to Payscale. Their salaries can depend on job title, nature of the work, size of the company they work for, location, field of specialty, and years of relevant work experience. Process engineers employed by British Petroleum earn from £41,000 to £85,000 a year.

In general, process engineers with 1 to 4 years of experience make between £22,389 and £41,330 a year, those with 5 to 9 years earn from £30,775 to £62,697 a year, engineers with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £24,239 and £56,673 a year, and those with 20 or more years of relevant work experience earn between £31,106 and £97,871 a year.

Location can be a factor, too. Process engineers in Manchester typically earn from £22,300 to £41,051 a year, those in London make from £30,257 to £65,040 a year, and engineers working in Aberdeen earn between £27,495 and £71,872 a year.

Salaries can also vary by company size. Process engineers employed at companies that employ 1 to 9 people earn between £25,342 and £36,358 a year, those working in companies that employ 5,000 – 19,999 people make between £29,590 and £65,061 a year, while engineers at companies that employ over 50,000 people have salaries in the range between £27,708 and £73,974 a year.

Starting salary

Process engineers with less than a year of work experience in the field typically earn between £19,517 and £32,681 a year according to information from Payscale.

Hourly wage

The average hourly rate for process engineers in the UK is around £17.85 per hour according to MySalary.co.uk. For process engineering jobs in IT contracts, the median hourly wage is £35.00 per hour.

General salary information

Process engineers employed in companies earn between £23,814 and £51,334 a year, while those working in private practices or firms make between £24,468 and £47,694 a year.

An academic degree can be another factor in determining salary. Process engineers with a bachelor's degree earn between £19,404 and £53,829 a year, those with a Bachelor of Engineering (Beng/BE) in Chemical Engineering earn between £24,240 and £56,673 a year, while engineers with a Master of Engineering (MEng, ME) in Chemical Engineering earn between £25,532 and £64,106 a year.

Top paying process engineering jobs by skill or specialty are project management (£23,798 - £55,000 a year), engineering design (£24,690 – £51,854), and chemical process engineering (£35,608 - £48,980).

Best paying jobs for process engineers by industry are in oil and gas exploration (£26,553 - £66,552 a year), oil and gas (£24,511 - £58,175), engineering consulting (£24,701 - £50,684), and consultancy (£24,750 - £50,000).

Interestingly, the average salary range for women in the process engineering profession is £25,183 - £64,604 a year, while men are paid between £22,655 and £50,990 a year according to information from Payscale.

Salaries can vary by benefits and perks, too. Process engineers who get paid sick leave earn from £25,520 to £48,000 a year, those who have paid vacation get similar sums, engineers who get life or disability insurance typically earn between £24,832 and £58,389 a year, and those who work on a flexible schedule earn between £27,476 and £64,604 a year.