Construction Salary Guide: Could You Be Earning More?

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Our construction salary guide lets you know how your salary compares with the industry average. Whether you’re a construction graduate or an industry professional, knowing if you could be earning more elsewhere can be the boost you need to take the next step in your career.

Check out our construction salary guide below:

Construction Salary Guide: Professionals

If you’ve been working in the construction industry for a while, you can expect to earn a lot more than the average graduate.

The national average salaries for the following positions are:

Architects:

  • Architect: £37,250
  • Associate: £52,500
  • Partner / Director: £72,500
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Engineers:

  • Graduate engineer: £24,000
  • Senior engineer: £41,500
  • Associate engineer: £52,500

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Quantity surveyors:

  • Graduate quantity surveyor: £22,500
  • Senior quantity surveyor: £46,500
  • Associate quantity surveyor: £59,000
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Site managers:

  • Site manager (construction): £40, 353
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Other factors to consider:

Despite salary often being the key determinant over whether a candidate accepts or rejects a job offer, it’s not the only factor worth considering. Other perks such as a pension scheme, private healthcare or a company car can also influence your decision, as can more practical decisions such as location. Another important factor to think about is the future career opportunities the role could give you, so evaluating if there’s a clear career progression path is crucial.

 

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Construction Salary Guide: Graduates

According to last year’s Annual Graduate Recruitment Survey conducted by the Association of Graduate Recruiters (AGR), the median graduate starting salary at a construction company or consultancy is £25,500. However, this result is based on figures from some of the biggest recruiters in the industry, who tend to offer more generous salaries.

In 2016, the approximate starting salaries for leading construction graduate schemes were the following:

  • Babcock International Group: £27,000-£30,000
  • Goldcrest: £27,000
  • Croudace Homes Group Ltd: £26,000
  • Lloyd’s Register: £25,500–£27,500
  • Laing O’Rourke: £25,000-£29,000
  • Skanska UK: £25,000–£29,000
  • Amey: £24,500–£26,500
  • Mott MacDonald: £24,000–£28,000
  • Mace: £24,000–£28,000
  • Wates: £24,000–£27,000
  • Barratt Developments: £24,000, rising to £27,000 in London, Aberdeen and for accelerated graduates
  • Sir Robert McAlpine: up to £24,000
  • Arup: £23,000–£26,000
  • McGee Group Ltd: £22,500
  • BAM Construct: £21,000-£31,000
  • JLL: £21,000–£25,000
  • Rider Levett Bucknall UK: £20,000–£26,000

However, since these companies and consultancies are a few of the biggest in the industry, their starting salaries for graduates are likely to be higher than average. In fact, the Hays Construction & Property Salary Guide 2016 indicates that the national average salaries for construction graduates are actually much lower.

Also providing a breakdown of salaries based on the region you’re working in, the Hays Construction & Property Salary Guide found that the national average salaries for those in the construction industry ranged from £18,250 for an architectural assistant part one, to £25,000 for an architectural CAD technician. However, these figures can vary greatly depending on where you’re working. For instance, the national average salary for a graduate engineer is £24,000, however this figure can drop to £22,000 in South West England or rise to £27,500 in Greater London.

The salary guide determines that the national average salaries for construction industry graduates are:

  • Graduate engineer: £24,000
  • Graduate building surveyor: £22,250
  • Architectural assistant part I: £18,250
  • Architectural assistant part II: £24,500
  • Architectural CAD technician: £25,000

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