• Question: how much money do you earn?

    Asked by bradgunningham98 to Andy, Bill, Grant, Kayleigh, Rain on 13 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by billydyer281197, mckenzie2468, masonl04, leeam11, 11skyprib2, 11tajfosr1.
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      Andrew Hearn answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      I think with us being humans, we’re forever thinking “a bit more money would be nice!”, but sometimes I have to remind myself that I’m really lucky that I’m working doing something I really enjoy and not think about money too much!

      And I think I’m perhaps like most Brits, that how much we actually earn is a personal thing, and really shouldn’t be revealed – i.e. I think most of us would prefer to be seen as people (engineers!) and not by our wage figures! But others might have a different opinion on that!

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      Bill Price answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      As a graduate with WSP you would earn about £25k, progression though senior engineer, Associate, Technical Director and Director will take you beyond 6 figures. Many top engineering companies are run by engineers and if you are the ultimate boss you could expect £500k +. WSP is a listed company and you can see what the top directors earn, look at http://www.wspgroup.com

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      Rain Irshad answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      Bizarrely, you’ll find that many employers actually make it a part of your contract that you can’t tell anyone your salary. Personally I think it’s a highly shady practice that is one of the reasons employers can still get away with nasty things like paying women less to do the same job.

      However, I also like having a job, so I’m not telling either.

      But there are payscale websites out there that give you an idea of what people in different jobs earn. If you look at most adverts for post-doctoral researchers (those that have done PhDs) you find they tend to start at about £25k.

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      Kayleigh Messer answered on 13 Mar 2012:

      More than I would if I worked in a shop!