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As a 35 year old 'mid-career' Chartered Civil Engineer I was interested, as always, to read your summary of the latest salary survey. I was dismayed rather than encouraged by the reported salary levels since they do not seem to ring true amongst engineers that I know.

Can you please tell me where to find a position paying a salary of the quoted average of nearly £38k/year. Seemingly not in the back pages of NCE where salary levels for suitable posts (if quoted) are normally in the high twenties or low thirties.

I suppose I could apply for the chief engineer (bridges and structures) post at Devon CC, advertised last week at £37.7K to £41.5K. But I would not expect this to be a typical job for most mid-career engineers.

Matthew Anderson, Strainstall UK Ltd, Bath Office matthew. anderson@strainst

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