New RICS survey finds profession is closing salary gap with lawyers and engineers

The average salary for a surveyor was £44,839 last year, a new survey has found.

The research, carried out by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors alongside recruitment firm Macdonald & Company, claimed the profession was closing the salary gap with fellow professions such as the law (£48,000) and engineering (£53,067). It also found that some specialisms such as fund management enjoy average salaries in excess of £60,000.

The figure, excluding bonuses and other benefits, was based on 5000 UK practitioners and claims to be the most authoritative in the industry.

Aside from statistics on current salaries, recent salary increases, bonuses and employment package benefits, the results give an insight into wider issues that are important to professionals in their working lives.

Peter Moore MRICS, managing director of Macdonald & Company, said: "With better salaries and career prospects mentioned as the likely drivers for staff to leave their current employers, firms need to ensure that they offer a competitive package ensuring opportunities for individuals to take responsibility early in their careers, providing a range of progressive and interesting work projects and cultivate an inclusive management style"