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Engineer salaries for men and women in Brazil1

Average real salary2 for engineers in Brazil grew between 2006 and 2013 and fell from 2013 to 2018

  • Between 2006 and 2013, the average real4 salary3 (R$ 2018) for formal engineering roles increased by 20%, from R$10,846 to R$13,035
  • Between 2013 and 2018, it decreased by 8.3%, down to R$11,953
  • The overall result between 2006 and 2018 was an increase of 10.2%



The same pattern occurred for both men and women, but the total increase was greater among women (%)

  • The trend was reflected in both groups, but women’s salaries rose more between 2006 and 2013 (31% compared to 19% for men) and fell less between 2013 and 2018 (-7.4% compared to -8.2% for men)
  • As a result, the average salary for women grew by 20% between 2006 and 2018, more than double the increase for men, which was 9.7%



The difference between average salaries for women and men fell, but there is still a significant gap

  • The greater growth of women’s salaries has reduced the difference between the average salaries for men and women
  • In 2006, the average salary for women was 74% of the average salary for men.
    By 2018, this had risen to 82%
  • The gap reduced most between 2006 and 2013, during which time the real value of the salaries increased



Notes (1) For formal employment figures for men and women in Brazil, see the Data section of Pesquisa FAPESP issue no. 286, December 2019.  (2) The following areas of the Brazilian Code of Occupations were considered: engineering roles, engineering researchers, and engineering professors.  (3) Average value calculated for active roles with a salary value greater than zero in December of the reference year.  (4) Amounts in R$ 2018, adjusted by the CPI.

Sources  RAIS/STE/Brazilian Ministry of Economy Microdata. Prepared by: ST&I Indicators team/Studies and Indicators Department, FAPESP