Civil engineers are in high demand and are enjoying stronger wage rises than other workers.

The Australian Institute of Management's (AIM) latest national salary survey has found wages are still growing at a historically slow annual pace, but construction and engineering industries are the bright lights.

The construction industry recorded the largest increase in wage growth and growth forecasts in the 12 months to the start of October.

AIM's policy and advocacy general manager Sam Bell said this reflected the shift away from mining-led investment and towards infrastructure spending.

He said low interest rates, a booming property market in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and private sector investment in commercial and residential high rise buildings were driving up civil engineers' wages.

"We have seen a high demand for civil engineering positions in the past 12 months," he said.

He said the average total salary for a chief civil engineering executive was up 6.3 per cent and a senior professional engineer (Level 4) was up seven per cent in the past 12 months.


  • Its True but I am not able to find employment after more then a year.

    • 32 years of experience at the professional level, being responsible for manage, inspect or build different engineering projects. Sometimes representing the contractor and to the owner in others. The last 8 years I have been working in the Caribbean in: Grenada making houses for and English Company, Trinity pursing concrete in the tallest twin towers on the island, Aruba reshaping the Radisson Hotel, and in Dominica from the movement of Earth a slaughter of animals. Some of the most important projects are:

  • What rate is about normal/junier engineer in pass 12 months?

  • "wages" may be on the rise for the project director level, most lowly engineers would be struggling with a ever increasing applicant pool. It's very easy to get 457 applicant approved in 4 to 6 weeks from the lodging of the application. On the plus side, it maybe harder to source engineers from the UK and Ireland due to the low AUD and the UK economy doing better that Australias. So thing's "may" just improve.

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