Professionally registered engineers continue to out-earn their non-registered colleagues


For the second consecutive year, professionally registered engineers and technicians have reported higher average salaries than their unregistered colleagues, according to the 2019 Salary Survey produced by London-based monthly magazine and website The Engineer.

The mean average salary for professionally registered respondents is £55,968, compared to £45,809 among those who are not professionally registered. This salary difference can be seen across all sectors of engineering and at every career level beyond graduate trainee/apprentice, where salaries appear consistent.

Alasdair Coates, CEO of the Engineering Council, said: “Professional registration recognises your competence and demonstrates your commitment to employers and clients; these responses indicate the impact registration may have on earning potential. The Engineering Council has noted the higher average salaries reported by professionally registered engineers across all sectors for another year.”

In a change from 2018, the biggest salary difference highlighted was for engineers working within the telecommunications and utilities and electronics sectors, where professional registration saw an average difference of almost £18,000. The difference was also pronounced in the energy/renewable and nuclear sectors, with a £13,000 difference between registered and non-registered

The first step towards professional registration is joining one of the professional engineering institutions licensed by the Engineering Council; they can then advise on the best way forward depending on specific circumstances.

Alasdair continued: “Registrants consistently tell us that becoming professionally registered has increased their credibility and helped them gain promotion or win more business. These responses confirm what we saw in the same survey last year, that professional registration may also boost salary, demonstrating that it is an investment in your future.”