Chemicals pay the best

Chartered chemical engineers topped the pay league again, according to a survey published this week by the Engineering Council, which said that average earnings rose by 14.1% to £52,000. Commenting on the findings, Trevor Evans, director general of the Institution of Chemical Engineers said: `Perhaps when other sectors are as successful they will be able […]

Chartered chemical engineers topped the pay league again, according to a survey published this week by the Engineering Council, which said that average earnings rose by 14.1% to £52,000.

Commenting on the findings, Trevor Evans, director general of the Institution of Chemical Engineers said: `Perhaps when other sectors are as successful they will be able to reward their engineers accordingly.’

Big pay rises have pushed average annual earnings for chartered engineers in all sectors up to £44,500. Their pay rose by 10.8% between 1997 and 1999, twice the rate of inflation. Incorporated engineers’ pay rose 9.8% to £32,842 and technicians pay 13.8% to £29,942.