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Systems Engineer Salary

Systems Engineer Salary

Systems engineers' salaries can vary by location, type of employer, job title and responsibilities, and years of experience among other things. The average salary for systems engineers in the UK is £51,353 a year according to CW Jobs, and salaries are usually in the range from £42,500 to £57,500 a year.

The average salary for systems engineers who are employed on a permanent basis is £47,500 a year, while contract engineers earn £91,182 a year. Those employed on a temporary basis make £100,271 a year on average.

Senior systems engineers earn between £28,900 and £53,024 a year, and their salary depends on the years of experience, too. Those with 1 to 4 years in senior roles earn between £25,915 and £40,500 a year, engineers with 5 to 9 years of experience make from £29,217 to £47,187 a year, those with 10 to 19 years of experience earn between £29,857 and £56,074 a year, and engineers with 20 or more years of experience earn between £33,896 and £59,493 a year according to information from Payscale.

Principal systems engineers earn between £31,785 and £55,273 a year. Their salaries also vary by years of experience. Principal systems engineers with 5 to 9 years of experience can expect to earn between £31,676 and £46,766 a year, those with 10 to 19 years make between £28,200 and £52,703 a year, and engineers with 20 or more years of experience earn between £34,905 and £60,820 a year.

With senior roles, academic degree can affect salary, but this is not always the case. Senior systems engineers with a bachelor's degree earn between £29,695 and £54,333 a year, while those with a Doctorate (PhD) make between £35,582 and £46,900 a year.

Salaries can vary significantly depending on a system engineer's professional certification. Senior systems engineers who are Microsoft Certified Professionals (MCP) earn between £30,521 and £59,704 a year, Chartered Engineers (CEng) make between £34,000 and £47,932 a year, those with the certification of Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator earn between £32,949 and £39,663 a year, Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers (MCSE) earn from £27,514 to £35,182 a year, Vmware Certified Professionals (VCP) earn between £33,661 and £40,000 a year, and Cisco Certified Network Associates (CCNA) earn from £31,500 to £42,500 a year.

General salary information

Systems engineers are usually employed by companies, private practices, or by the state or local government. Their salaries will vary by employer type. Senior systems engineers employed by the government earn from £36,438 to £51,737 a year, those working for companies make between £28,808 and £52,642 a year, and engineers who work for private practices or firms earn between £39,101 and £50,868 a year.

Top salaries for senior systems engineers by industry are in engineering consultancy (£36,530 - £59,665 a year), telecommunications (£30,913 - £53,327), and commercial, aircraft, military and space systems (£30,913 - £52,369).

Top paying jobs by location are those based in London (£91,841 a year on average), Livingston (£62,500 a year), Cambridge (£55,000), Slough (£52,500), and Edinburgh (£52,500).