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What is a graduate civil engineer's salary?

Civil engineers can work in a variety of settings, and their salaries are largely dependent on the type of engineering job that they wish to work in. This article will explain salary information for a consultant civil engineer and a contracting civil engineer respectively. Read on the following article to know more.

Consultant civil engineer

Starting salaries Once that you have obtained an engineering degree, the starting salary for a graduate engineer is around £24,000.
Experienced engineer salaries For graduates who are aged under 25, but who have two years experience, the salary is £25,000. As engineers becomes more experienced, and has obtained a total of five years experience, their salary will reach an average of £31,000. If you join the Institute of Civil Engineers, members earn an average of £47,000. In addition, most employers provide benefits as well as the basic salary, which may include the following: - Pension - Healthcare programme - Life insurance - Company car - Payment for any profession-related costs - Mobile phone Working conditions A civil engineer normally works a 42-hour week, and it may include some evening and weekend works, depending on the individual project. The job does involve a combination of both office-based duties, and also frequent site visits to check on the project work. It is not unusual for the site to be at some distance from the office base. So, a willingness to travel is an essential requirement of this post. Work is available throughout the country, in different sectors, and engineers are expected to dress formally when meeting with clients.

Contracting civil engineer

Starting salary A contracting civil engineer salary is around £24,000. Experienced civil engineer salary As with a consultant civil engineer, after two years of experience, this rises to £25,000, and it is £31,000 respectively for five years of experience. By joining the Institution of Civil Engineers, members can earn an average of £47,000. For fellowship with the ICE, salaries can rise up to £78,000. Benefits Many contracting civil engineer jobs, predominantly those which are site-based will include extra benefits, including bonuses, company car or allowances. Additional payment may be made for overtime or the time spent away from home. Other working options Self-employment and/or freelance work is sometimes possible. However, it is often required that you are a well-established engineer before attempting to branch out into owning your own company. * The salaries provided in this article are correct as of 09.08.11, and information was obtained from the Prospects website.

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