Chartered surveyors: Insights from the SCSI Salary and Benefits Report

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If you are considering a career as a chartered surveyor, you may be curious about the rewards and benefits. We have the answers! In 2016, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland surveyed its members across all disciplines. The SCSI Salary and Benefits Report is a comprehensive salary survey for those working within property and construction.

Here is the headline: the national average annual salary was a very respectable €70,717. This is not the complete picture. Some important differences influenced salary. We look at these briefly.

Construction surveyors earn more than property surveyors

Construction surveyors averaged a salary of €46,821 per year during the first five years of their career. Property surveyors earned an average of €34,703 annually over the same period,

Dublin commands the highest salaries

Perhaps unsurprisingly, surveyors in Dublin earn more than those in other parts of Ireland. Here are the average annual salaries per region:

  • Dublin: €75,758
  • Munster: €62,006
  • Rest of Leinster: €61,740
  • Connaught: €52,826
  • Ulster: €52,826

The persistent gender pay gap

Men earn on average 13 percent more than women. However, when wee examine experience as well as gender, things are a little more complicated.

Men out-earn women by a huge 40 percent in the 16-20 years’ experience bracket. However, the number of female surveyors in this category is proportionally lower than in other categories.

Interestingly, during the first five years, women earned 7.6 percent more than men. In addition, in the 11-15 years’ experience bracket as women earned an average of 1.9 percent more. However, these figures may reflect the fact that at all levels of experience, there were significantly more men than women.

Most common benefits

Mobile phones and laptops, as well as professional association membership were the most common benefits chartered surveyors received.

Time off and holidays

The most common holiday entitlement was 20-22 paid holidays per year. Over a third received this amount of paid leave. A quarter received 23-25 days annually, and a further 15 percent received 25-29 holidays. Finally, 11 percent have more than 30 paid holidays per annum.

Parental leave

SCSI analysed responses of maternity and paternity benefits separately. This was due to the disproportional number of men versus women. They Society found that less than half – 44 percent – of female surveyors get some form of paid maternity leave. The figures were worse for fathers – only 18 percent received paid paternity leave.

Anne Sexton

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