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Engineers: Just the bare essentials

Among the current 15 EU member states, Greece is third from last in respect to income earned by mechanical engineers, who are paid 21,934 euros per annum. Mechanical engineers receive the highest pay in Luxembourg, with 58,765 euros per annum, in Copenhagen (51,972 euros annually) and in Berlin (41,414 euros annually). Apart from the countries due to join the EU in May, only Italian and Portuguese engineers earn less than Greeks, bringing in 21,116 and 15,305 euros per annum respectively. On a global level, it is worth noting that the income of mechanical engineers in Greece is almost four times lower than their counterparts in Switzerland and three-and-a-half times lower than engineers in New York, putting Greece in 36th place on the world list. Interestingly, Greek and Belgian mechanical engineers work the least hours in the European Union.