Engineers in global development: How much do they make?

Engineers with various experimental devices at tech firm Cynapsys at the Tunis Tecnopark, Tunisia. From international NGOs to development consulting firms to multi-lateral aid agencies, see what some actual global development engineers make in their jobs. Photo: Arne Hoel / World Bank / CC BY-NC-ND

The persistent perceived notion about working in global development is that it means earning a low income. So it’s not surprising if professionals from the private sector would have second thoughts about joining the development industry. But is that the case for engineers?

In a recent Devex webinar on STEM careers, Khanjan Mehta, founding director of the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship Program at Pennsylvania State University, shared that salaries of professionals he interviewed for a book he released in 2015 ranged wildly — from $30,000 to $300,000 a year depending on experience, education level and employer.

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    Ma. Eliza Villarino

    Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability, and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.