Chemical Engineering Salary & Benefits Surveys

Pay and Benefits Benchmarking Information in Chemical Engineering


Four surveys in Chemical Engineering run by Alan Jones & Associates in partnership with the British Chemical Engineering Contractors Association (BCECA).

  • BCECA Engineering Salary Survey
  • BCECA Agency Rates Survey
  • BCECA Executive Salary Survey
  • BCECA Benefits Survey


  • Stable sample
  • In-depth survey of UK engineering pay rates (permanent and agency staff)
  • Online and individually tailored analysis results
  • Additional services and support from Alan Jones & Associates

The BCECA Engineering Salary Survey and the Agency Rates Survey cover the same engineering job families in the following Engineering disciplines:

  • Civil & Architectural
  • Structural
  • Electrical
  • Instrumentation
  • Mechanical
  • Piping
  • Flow Assurance
  • Telecommunications
  • Process
  • HSE
  • Pipeline
  • Marine/Naval Architecture
  • Engineering Computer Systems
  • Projects
  • Draughtspeople/Designers
  • Project Controls
  • Planning
  • Cost Engineering
  • Estimating
  • Purchasing & Project Procurement
  • Expeditors
  • Inspectors
  • Sub-contracts
  • Materials Control
  • Logistics (incl. Traffic & Shipping)
  • Field Construction
  • Construction Management
  • Commissioning
  • Document Control
  • Quality Assurance
  • Business Development
  • Information Management

Within each discipline, there are levels of Engineer. This varies, but can be:

  • Level 1 - Graduate Engineer
  • Level 2 - Assistant Engineer
  • Level 3 - Engineer
  • Level 4 - Senior Engineer
  • Level 5 - Principal Engineer
  • Level 6 - Senior Principal Engineer/Technical Chief

Information on basic pay, bonus, target bonus, company car/car allowances is included in the survey and there is additional analysis by gender, location and for some specialisms.

The permanent staff Engineering survey is run twice a year; the Agency survey four times a year. Both surveys are for participants only. Any appropriate organisation is eligible to join. The surveys are paid for by participant subscription. The subscription covers:

  • Customised Excel/PDF copies of the survey analysis available
  • Online survey results updated with the survey
  • Pay review survey free to survey participants (6 monthly): statistical analysis of past and anticipated pay movements, geographical analysis
  • Access to Alan Jones HR Policy Surveys free of charge

The BCECA Executive Survey is an annual survey and covers senior roles within the sector. The survey is subscription based and further information is available on application to Alan Jones & Associates or BCECA.

If you want further information on any or all of these surveys, please contact Tracey Shelley at BCECA or Alan Jones & Associates on 01600 716916 or via email:

The BCECA Benefits Survey

The benefits survey has been commissioned for the salary survey participants and covers:

  • Contractual hours
  • Overtime
  • Salary administration
  • Bonus
  • Share option schemes
  • Redundancy policies
  • Holiday entitlement
  • Sick pay
  • Maternity/paternity/adoption policies
  • Pension schemes
  • Life Insurance
  • Personal accident insurance
  • PHI/long-term disability
  • Medical insurance, health screening, dental insurance
  • Company cars/car allowances
  • Travel
  • Notice periods
  • Relocation expenses
  • Flexible working
  • Staff introduction payments
  • Loans
  • Long service awards
  • Flexible benefits
  • Salary sacrifice
  • Employee assistance programmes
  • Age cap on benefits
  • Further education
  • Future challenges
  • Health & wellbeing

Participants must submit their benefits information to access this survey and there is a subscription. For further information contact Alan Jones & Associates or BCECA.


The survey is strictly confidential and participant-only - only those contributing their own data to the survey will receive access to the results.

Salary Information

The analysis is statistical showing the feedback in medians, quartiles, deciles and averages job by job. We ensure anonymity including following specific rules on minimum matching, i.e. the median on a job is only shown where there are three companies reporting, quartiles with four or five reporting and deciles with six. We check matches for outweighing and if one participant has more than 25% of the job holders their input will be reduced. We validate all input data and we may contact participants to discuss any concerns. We may remove information which is anomalous. Participants receive a customised copy of the survey analysis, i.e. feeding back their own position vs the group for their matches.

Data Protection

Alan Jones & Associates are registered with Data Protection although we do not hold any personal information about the people in the jobs, just the salary that the job is paid.

Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding this survey, please contact us on 01600 716916 or via e-mail