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Graduate engineers top pay rise list

Salaries paid to graduate civil engineers have risen by 6.8% since 2010, according to the ICE’s latest salary survey.

The increase outstrips average salary increases across the profession during the same period.

The 2013 ICE salary survey shows that civil engineers now earn on average just under £50,000 a year.

Graduate civil engineers on average earn £37,002, up from £34,632 in 2010. Recent graduates - those with up to five years’ experience - earn on average £26,668.

The survey also revealed that 62% of recent graduates were employed before or immediately after they graduated

Recent graduates

Recent graduates’ salaries are increasing at a quicker pace - salaries for those graduating in 2009 had increased by 7.7% after two years. Salaries for those graduating in 2011 had risen 17.5% after two years.

Sixty five per cent of respondents said they felt either “secure” or “very secure” about their jobs compared to 40% in 2010. The youngest civil engineers feel the most secure.

There was a significant jump in the number of respondents seeing signs of economic improvement in their organisations, increasing from 20% in 2010 to 72% in 2010. And the proportion of civil engineers earning £100,000 or more increased from 2.8% in 2010 to 4.2% in 2013.

ICE director general, Nick Baveystock, said: “While average salaries across the sector only increased marginally, reflecting the challenging economic conditions, the recovery in graduate salaries is more notable. This, coupled with the fact that so many young civil engineers coming into the profession are finding employment quickly and feel secure in their jobs is very positive news.”

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