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2018 Engineering Salary Guide

Written by Eleanor Collins
Jan 11, 2018
Submitted by Eleanor Collins on Thu, 01/11/2018 - 05:59

Engineering salaries in Ireland for 2018 - manufacturing salaries, quality & validation salaries, R&D salaries and maintenance & facilities salaries.

Contents: Manufacturing Salaries | Quality & Validation Salaries | R&D Salaries | Maintenance & Facilties Salaries

Commentary on Engineering Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2018

Manufacturing Salaries
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
Engineering Director   100k - 140k 100 - 140k 100 - 140k 100 - 140k 100 - 140k
COO - Engineering   140k - 200k 140k - 200k 140k - 200k 140k - 200k 140k - 200k
Engineering Manager 0-3 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k
3 - 5 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k
5+ 90k - 100k 90k - 100k 90k - 100k 90k - 100k 90k - 100k
Mechanical Engineer 0 - 3 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
5+ 50k - 65k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
Manufacturing Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 28k - 40k 28k - 40k 28k - 40k
3 - 5 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
5+ 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
Manufacturing Technician 0 - 3 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
Automation Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 26k - 35k 26k - 35k 26k - 35k
3 - 5 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 35k - 50k 35k - 50k 35k - 50k
5+ 50k - 75k 50k - 75k 50k - 75k 50k - 65k 50k - 75k
Process Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 42k 30k - 42k 30k - 42k
3 - 5 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 42k - 55k 42k - 55k 42k - 55k
5+ 60k - 75k 60k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
NPI Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
Process Technician 0 - 3 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
Production Supervisor 0 - 3 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
3 - 5 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 40k - 48k 40k - 48k 40k - 48k
5+ 50k -60k 50k - 60k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k 48k - 55k
Production Manager 0 - 3 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 60k - 65k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
5+ 65k - 70k 65k - 70k 60k - 65k 60k - 65k 60k - 65k
Lean Six Sigma Engineer 0 - 3 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
3 - 5 50k - 65k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k
5+ 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k
Project Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k 50k - 65k
Project Manager 0 - 3 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
3 - 5 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 50k - 60k
5+ 60k - 75k 60k - 75k 60k - 75k 60k - 75k 60k - 75k
 
Quality & Validation Salaries
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
VP of Quality   120k - 160k 120k - 160k 120k - 160k 120k - 160k 120k - 160k
Quality Director   90k - 120k 90k - 120k 90k - 120k 90k - 120k 90k - 120k
Quality Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 45k
3 - 5 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
Quality Manager 0 - 3 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k
3 - 5 75k - 85k 75k - 85k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k
5+ 85k - 95k 85k - 95k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k
Quality Technician 0 - 3 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k 28k - 33k
3 - 5 33k - 38k 33k - 38k 33k - 38k 33k - 38k 33k - 38k
5+ 38k - 48k 38k - 48k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k 38k - 45k
QA Specialist 0 - 3 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 45k 30k - 45k
3 - 5 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
5+ 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
Validation Manager 0 - 3 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k
3 - 5 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k
5+ 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k
Validation Engineer 0 - 3 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k
3 - 5 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 45k - 60k
5+ 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k
 
R&D Salaries
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
Design Engineer 0 - 3 30k-40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
Design Manager 0 - 3 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
3 - 5 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
5+ 65k - 80k 65k - 80k 65k - 80k 65k - 80k 65k - 80k
Electrical/Mechanical/
Electronic Design Engineer
0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
CAD Technician 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k
3 - 5 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k 30k - 35k
5+ 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
R&D Engineer 0 - 3 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k
3 - 5 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 45k - 60k 45k - 60k
5+ 60k-70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k 60k - 70k
NPD Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
R&D Manager 0 - 3 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k 70k - 80k
3 - 5 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k 80k - 90k
5+ 90k - 100k 90k - 100k 90k - 100k 90k - 100k 90k - 100k
Product Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
BioMedical Engineer 0 - 3 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
3 - 5 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k 40k - 55k
5+ 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k 55k - 70k
 
Maintenance & Facilties Salaries
Role Years' Experience Dublin
Cork
Limerick
Waterford
Galway
Maintence Manager 0 - 3 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k 55k - 60k
3 - 5 60k - 65k 60k - 65k 60k - 65k 60k - 65k 60k - 65k
5+ 65k - 80k 65k - 80k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 65k - 75k
Maintenance Engineer 0 - 3 28k - 36k 28k - 36k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k
3 - 5 36k - 50k 36k - 50k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 35k - 45k
5+ 50k - 60k 50k - 60k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 45k - 55k
Maintenance Technician 0 - 3 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 35k
3 - 5 35k - 42k 35k - 42k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k 35k - 40k
5+ 42k - 52k 42k - 52k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k 40k - 50k
Facilities Manager 0 - 3 50k - 55k 50k - 55k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k 45k - 50k
3 - 5 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k 50k - 55k
5+ 65k - 75k 65k - 75k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k 55k - 65k
Facilities Engineer 0 - 3 25k - 35k 25k - 35k 25k - 32k 25k - 32k 25k - 32k
3 - 5 35k - 45k 35k - 45k 32k - 42k 32k - 42k 32k - 42k
5+ 45k - 55k 45k - 55k 42k - 50k 42k - 50k 42k - 50k
Facilities Technician 0 - 3 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k 25k - 30k
3 - 5 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k 30k - 40k
5+ 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k 40k - 45k
 
Commentary on Engineering Roles and Remuneration in Ireland for 2018 

The engineering industry in Ireland continues to see significant growth, with over 79% of organisations stating that their business will grow in 2018 and the same number planning on hiring engineering professionals in the year ahead. 

Industries such as medical devices, pharma, food, technology and construction are at the forefront of this growth as evidenced by a number of significant job announcements in H2. This growth forecast is not without its challenges. With the majority of stakeholders predicting a robust and optimistic outlook for the engineering market within Ireland, the common sentiment from businesses is that the skill shortage across the sector is becoming an increasing concern.  

With these concerns in mind, the government has recently launched the STEM Education Policy Statement 2017-2026 and Implementation Plan 2017-2019. This is a decade-long strategy with the aim of Ireland becoming the best in Europe in  STEM education by 2026. It’s aim is also to encourage those in second level education to pursue a career in engineering. In the interim, companies are faced with challenges to attract top talent to their organisation in addition to becoming  more creative on employee engagement to ensure they retain the highly skilled professionals they have in their ranks. As a result, many organisations invest significantly in their education, training and development plans. With regard to experienced and tenured employees; companies are funding relevant educational qualifications that will allow the employee to advance their career in a new technical specialisation as well as accelerate the company’s growth plans. 

In past years engineering graduates had difficulty securing their first professional role after completing their qualification in their chosen discipline. This has been turned on its head in recent years with businesses targeting newly-qualified engineers with comprehensive graduate programmes.  A number of these companies are engaging with engineering students at an early stage in their career.  Many have put internships in place across the four years of the degree programme in addition to offering paid summer work.  These organisations are reaping the reward of this initiative with a substantial number of interns slotting seamlessly into full-time roles once they graduate. 

Engineering will also see salaries increase over the course of 2018 for experienced professionals. Those looking to make a career move in 2018 can expect an increase of between 6-10% on their base salary. Research and development and industrial robotics are two key growth areas for the coming year with the robotics side being driven by the increased investment in automation across a number of industries. Areas which have bucked the trend are the regions outside of Cork and Dublin. These locations have seen the most significant increases in salary. In a lot of cases there is little or no difference between the salaries in any of the regional markets as a result of the aforementioned skill shortage.  These salary increases have also benefited professionals looking to move home to regional locations from Dublin, Cork and abroad.  

The engineering sector in Ireland has also benefit from Brexit to date with a number of global pharma and medical device companies setting up new offices or expanding their current offering in order to secure a base to service their European markets.