Engineering Career Resources

Site Engineer Salary

Site engineers' salaries typically range from £25,000 to £35,000 a year for engineers with qualifications and a few years of relevant work experience under their belt, while site engineers employed in senior positions usually earn between £35,000 and £55,000 a year, according to Prospects.ac.uk. The average salary for all site engineering jobs is around £36,678 according to data provided by Total Jobs.

Salaries can vary greatly depending on the industry sector, size of the employer's business or organisation, years of relevant experience, qualifications, the scale and nature of the project, and location. Site engineers working in London usually have better salaries than those employed in other places.

Working hours can also affect salaries. Site engineers usually work 35-40 hours a week, but they may occasionally work on weekends when they need to meet deadlines.

Starting salary

Starting salaries for site engineers generally range between £22,000 and £26,000 a year, according to Prospect.ac.uk. Recruitment for graduate training programs in large construction companies usually begins a full year before the programs begin, and students in their final year generally need to send in their applications in October or November. Small and medium-sized companies usually recruit all year round.

Large companies usually provide graduates with structured training and guidance, and encourage them to obtain professional status.

Hourly rate

The average hourly wage for site engineers is £14.19 according to MySalary.co.uk.

General salary infomation

Membership in any of the professional bodies – the Institution of Civil Engineers, the Institution of Structural Engineers, or the Chartered Institute of Building – has a positive effect on the salary, and site engineers usually work toward obtaining chartered status because it provides them with a wider range of job opportunities. The professional bodies are also excellent for networking and developing contacts within the industry. They offer free access to trade publications, which provide engineers with useful information on the latest industry trends and practices, as well as career opportunities and tools for professional advancement.

Graduates with a degree in building or a related discipline can join the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) after gaining three years of relevant work experience. Engineering graduates usually work on obtaining chartered status of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) or the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE), both of which require them to undertake an IPD (initial professional development) program. For incorporated or chartered status, engineers must undertake a professional review.

Site engineers’ salaries usually rise significantly when they get certified as chartered engineers and gain some relevant experience in the field. Chartered engineers working in any field have a wider range of career options, from self-employment and contracts, to work overseas and senior management roles at major engineering companies and consulting firms.

Aside from professional qualifications, site engineers have a number of options for career progression and professional advancement. These include relocation, changing employers, moving into other fields of the engineering and construction industry, or working on projects abroad. Site engineering in the construction industry is one of the few professions in the UK that allows professionals to progress to top management jobs in the industry without losing the hands-on aspect of their role, which most engineers enjoy more than management and administration.