Mechanical Design Engineers can earn around £30k upwards depending upon experience and which sector you work in.
As STFC operates in the public sector, this tends to fall around the £30k- £35k for design engineers such as myself. For private sector, its probably going to be a fair bit more than that – its hard to give an exact amount due to the number of variables.
I’m still a PhD student so I get a stipend of around £14,000 p/a (as it’s a stipend I don’t have to pay tax on it). But once I’ve graduated with my PhD, the starting salaries I’m looking at very from £30,000 to £50,000 p/a (before tax)😊
I get paid £29 000 a year before tax. This works out to about £1700 a month after tax.
The rent around here is very high, I pay £1350 into a joint account to cover my share of monthly expenses (rent, bills, food) for me and my partner. The remaining £350 is what I have left to spend on extra things like games, furniture, travel, days out etc.
My salary would usually have increased after 1 year, in the job, but has frozen due to the public sector pay freeze which is linked to the pandemic.
I will probably also get a promotion in the next year or so as I transition from a graduate position (focused on learning) to one with more responsibility for delivering research projects.
It’s also worth noting a software engineer can earn much more in the private sector ~£40k+ with a few years experience.