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Engineer's pay 'well below other professions'

OFFICIAL GOVERNMENT statistics obtained by NCE have confirmed that civil engineering is one of the lowest paid professions.

Figures provided by the Office for National Statistics as part of NCE's survey of what engineers think is wrong with the profession show that the average civil engineer's salary is well below all other engineering disciplines and other professions such as law and accountancy.

The figures do not include 'new' professions such as management consultancy or public relations but include most of the traditional industries.

According to the ONS, the average civil engineer's salary is about £29,000.

In comparison, the average solicitor earns £40,794, chartered accountant £32,417, doctor and dentist £52,000, electrical engineer £31,252, software engineer £30,784 and electronic engineer £31,460.

Only mechanical engineers have salaries equal on average to civil engineers, with architects on £28,542 and town planners on £25,246.

NCE's own research shows that 74% of civil engineers believe that low pay is the biggest problem in the industry. Of those with less than five years' experience, 94% felt it was a problem.

What's your problem? Results of NCE's survey into the profession's problems see pages 14-17.

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