Despite the crisis, engineers’ salaries rose in 2020


Engineers benefited from an increase in their salaries last year, despite the health crisis. On the other hand, the pay gap between women and men remains as important as ever.

Health crisis or not, the remuneration of engineers increased last year. In 2020, the median salary thus stands at 58,900 euros gross, against 57,500 euros in 2019 (the median salary means that half of engineers earn less, half of them earn more), according to the annual report of the Association of Engineers and Scientists of France (IESF). If the pandemic did not slow down the rise in salaries, on the other hand, it had an impact on hiring: the IESF recorded 109,000 last year, or 17,000 less than in 2019. Nevertheless, it is The rebound in activity visible since the end of the restrictions is likely to allow the sector to quickly regain its cruising speed.

Always full employment

The unemployment rate among engineers is 4.7% since the beginning of the year, against 3.5% in 2020. An increase certainly, but far from the general unemployment rate in the working population, and still in the limits of full employment. The median salary varies according to age categories: last year, it was 40,000 euros for those under 30, 53,000 euros for 30-39 year olds, 72,000 euros for 40-49 year olds, and 90,200 euros for 50-64 year olds (in this last category, the highest salaries can amount to 125,000 euros per year).

Still large gap between women and men

Salaries are also different depending on the sector: in banking and insurance, the median remuneration is 77,850 euros, against 46,249 euros in engineering companies. Among engineers, as in most industries, there is unfortunately a significant gap between women and men. A 40-year-old male engineer will earn 70,000 euros, against 60,000 euros for a woman of the same age. The remuneration of a 59-year-old male engineer will be 100,000 euros, or 20,000 more than a woman …