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Construction and the Built Environment

Pay

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General Construction

  • Construction managers/ supervisors may earn from around £27,000 to over £70,000 a year for a senior manager.
  • Skilled craft and technician level employees may earn from around £12,000 to over £25,000 a year for experienced technicians.
  • Multi-skilled general construction workers may earn from around £12,000 to £22,000 a year.
  • Construction operatives may earn up to £15,000 per year on starting and up to £24,000 a year with experience.

Architecture, Surveying and Planning

  • Architects may earn from around £17,000 - £30,000 a year to £40,000+ for those with a few years post registration experience.
  • Architectural technicians/technologists may earn from around £15,000 to £45,000 or more.
  • Chartered surveyors (e.g. Quantity surveyors) may earn from around £20,000 for a graduate entrant to over £80,000 a year.
  • Surveying technicians may earn from around £15,000 to £30,000 or more.
  • Planners may earn from around £16,000 to £80,000 a year.

 Building Services

  • Building services engineers may earn from around £25,000 to over £70,000 a year.
  • Cavity wall insulation technicians may earn from around £12,000 to £30,000 a year.
  • Heating and ventilating engineers may earn from £16,000 to £25,000 a year for a senior engineer.
  • Refrigeration engineers may earn from around £12,000 to £35,000 a year.
  • Thermal insulation engineers may earn from £10,000 for a first-year apprentice to £30,000 a year or over for a qualified engineer.

 Civil and Structural Engineering 

  • Civil engineers may earn from around £17,000 to £100,000 a year.
  • Civil engineering technicians may earn from between £13,000 and £19,000 a year for newly qualified technicians, to £37,000 a year or more for senior technicians
  • Structural engineers may earn from around £18,000 to £50,000 a year.

Salary figures (Nov 2011) are taken from the Next Step website, and are for guidance only because pay can depend on various factors, including your location, qualifications and experience.