Peter Carroll's letter (NCE 17 February) on civil engineer's pay shows a lack of understanding of statistical data.
The majority of chartered civil engineers are aged over 30. If one assumes a linear spread of chartered civil engineers aged between 27 and 56, then only 10% of these will be under 30. In fact, it is likely that the actual figure is lower than that. Using the 10% figure, if the average salary of those under 30 is £25,000 then the average salary of those 30 and over would need to be just over £46,000 to make an overall average of £44,000, as opposed to the £63,000 suggested by Carroll.
Civil engineering is an enjoyable, exciting and challenging career which provides a reasonable standard of living for the vast majority of those with the ability and determination to become qualified. Additionally for a lucky and gifted few it provides the opportunity to earn a very good living indeed.
In this respect it is no different to many other professional careers available. The sooner we realise this ourselves the sooner we will be able to get that message across to the younger members of the public.