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Psychologist Average Salary in Afghanistan 2023

How much money does a Psychologist make in Afghanistan?

Average Monthly Salary
133,000 AFN
( 1,590,000 AFN yearly)


A person working as a Psychologist in Afghanistan typically earns around 133,000 AFN per month. Salaries range from 65,100 AFN (lowest) to 207,000 AFN (highest).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Psychologist salaries vary drastically based on experience, skills, gender, or location. Below you will find a detailed breakdown based on many different criteria.

Psychologist Salary Distribution in Afghanistan

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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Psychologist salaries in Afghanistan range from 65,100 AFN per month (minimum salary) to 207,000 AFN per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 135,000 AFN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working as Psychologist(s) are earning less than 135,000 AFN while the other half are earning more than 135,000 AFN. The median represents the middle salary value. Generally speaking, you would want to be on the right side of the graph with the group earning more than the median salary.

  • Percentiles

    Closely related to the median are two values: the 25th and the 75th percentiles. Reading from the salary distribution diagram, 25% of Psychologist(s) are earning less than 90,200 AFN while 75% of them are earning more than 90,200 AFN. Also from the diagram, 75% of Psychologist(s) are earning less than 175,000 AFN while 25% are earning more than 175,000 AFN.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary?

Both are indicators. If your salary is higher than both of the average and the median then you are doing very well. If your salary is lower than both, then many people are earning more than you and there is plenty of room for improvement. If your wage is between the average and the median, then things can be a bit complicated. We wrote a guide to explain all about the different scenarios. How to compare your salary

Psychologist Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does experience and age affect your pay?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher your wage. We broke down Psychologist salaries by experience level and this is what we found.

A Psychologist with less than two years of experience makes approximately 77,100 AFN per month.

While someone with an experience level between two and five years is expected to earn 99,200 AFN per month, 29% more than someone with less than two year's experience.

Moving forward, an experience level between five and ten years lands a salary of 137,000 AFN per month, 38% more than someone with two to five years of experience.

On average, a person's salary doubles their starting salary by the time they cross the 10 years* experience mark.
* Based on the average change in salary over time. Salary variations differ from person to person.

Additionally, Psychologist(s) whose expertise span anywhere between ten and fifteen years get a salary equivalent to 169,000 AFN per month, 24% more than someone with five to ten years of experience.

If the experience level is between fifteen and twenty years, then the expected wage is 182,000 AFN per month, 7% more than someone with ten to fifteen years of experience.

Lastly, employees with more than twenty years of professional experience get a salary of 194,000 AFN per month, 7% more than people with fifteen to twenty years of experience.

Psychologist average salary change by experience in Afghanistan

0 - 2 Years
77,100 AFN
2 - 5 Years+29%
99,200 AFN
5 - 10 Years+38%
137,000 AFN
10 - 15 Years+24%
169,000 AFN
15 - 20 Years+7%
182,000 AFN
20+ Years+7%
194,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Typical Salary Progress for Most Careers

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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Psychologist Salary Comparison By Gender

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Though gender should not have an effect on pay, in reality, it does. So who gets paid more: men or women? Male Psychologist employees in Afghanistan earn 14% more than their female counterparts on average.

139,000 AFN
122,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Afghanistan for all Careers

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Psychologist Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Afghanistan

How much are annual salary increments in Afghanistan for Psychologist(s)? How often do employees get salary raises?


Psychologist(s) in Afghanistan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 30 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

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The figures provided here are averages of numbers. Those figures should be taken as general guidelines. Salary increments will vary from person to person and depend on many factors, but your performance and contribution to the success of the organization remain the most important factors in determining how much and how often you will be granted a raise.

Afghanistan / All Professions

The term 'Annual Salary Increase' usually refers to the increase in 12 calendar month period, but because it is rarely that people get their salaries reviewed exactly on the one year mark, it is more meaningful to know the frequency and the rate at the time of the increase.

How to calculate the salary increment percentage?

The annual salary Increase in a calendar year (12 months) can be easily calculated as follows: Annual Salary Increase = Increase Rate x 12 ÷ Increase Frequency

The average salary increase in one year (12 months) in Afghanistan is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2022

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Afghanistan for the year 2022. Companies within thriving industries tend to provide higher and more frequent raises. Exceptions do exist, but generally speaking, the situation of any company is closely related to the economic situation in the country or region. These figures tend to change frequently.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Psychologist Bonus and Incentive Rates in Afghanistan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Afghanistan Psychologist
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A Psychologist is considered to be a high bonus-based job due to the generally limited involvement in direct revenue generation, with exceptions of course. The people who get the highest bonuses are usually somehow involved in the revenue generation cycle.

35% of surveyed staff reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 65% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 5% to 9% of their annual salary.

Received Bonus
No Bonus

Types of Bonuses Considered

Individual Performance-Based Bonuses

The most standard form of bonus where the employee is awarded based on their exceptional performance.

Company Performance Bonuses

Occasionally, some companies like to celebrate excess earnings and profits with their staff collectively in the form of bonuses that are granted to everyone. The amount of the bonus will probably be different from person to person depending on their role within the organization.

Goal-Based Bonuses

Granted upon achieving an important goal or milestone.

Holiday / End of Year Bonuses

These types of bonuses are given without a reason and usually resemble an appreciation token.

Bonuses Are Not Commissions!

People tend to confuse bonuses with commissions. A commission is a prefixed rate at which someone gets paid for items sold or deals completed while a bonus is in most cases arbitrary and unplanned.

What makes a position worthy of good bonuses and a high salary?

The main two types of jobs

Revenue GeneratorsSupporting Cast

Employees that are directly involved in generating revenue or profit for the organization. Their field of expertise usually matches the type of business.

Employees that support and facilitate the work of revenue generators. Their expertise is usually different from that of the core business operations.

A graphics designer working for a graphics designing company.

A graphic designer in the marketing department of a hospital.

Revenue generators usually get more and higher bonuses, higher salaries, and more frequent salary increments. The reason is quite simple: it is easier to quantify your value to the company in monetary terms when you participate in revenue generation.

Try to work for companies where your skills can generate revenue. We can't all generate revenue and that's perfectly fine.

Bonus Comparison by Seniority Level

Top management personnel and senior employees naturally exhibit higher bonus rates and frequencies than juniors. This is very predictable due to the inherent responsibilities of being higher in the hierarchy. People in top positions can easily get double or triple bonus rates than employees down the pyramid.

Psychologist Average Hourly Wage in Afghanistan

770 AFN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Afghanistan is 770 AFN. This means that the average Psychologist in Afghanistan earns approximately 770 AFN for every worked hour.

Hourly Wage = Annual Salary ÷ ( 52 x 5 x 8 )

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one worked hour. Usually jobs are classified into two categories: salaried jobs and hourly jobs. Salaried jobs pay a fix amount regardless of the hours worked. Hourly jobs pay per worked hour. To convert salary into hourly wage the above formula is used (assuming 5 working days in a week and 8 working hours per day which is the standard for most jobs). The hourly wage calculation may differ slightly depending on the worked hours per week and the annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximations and are considered to be the standard. One major difference between salaried employees and hourly paid employees is overtime eligibility. Salaried employees are usually exempt from overtime as opposed to hourly paid staff.

Psychologist VS Other Jobs

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The average salary for Psychologist is 54% more than that of Counseling. Also, Counseling salaries are 11% more than those of All Jobs.

Salary comparison with similar jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Adoption Services Director110,000 AFN-17%
Alcohol and Drug Counselor84,600 AFN-36%
Assistant Instructor37,700 AFN-72%
Career Counselor92,900 AFN-30%
Consultant93,600 AFN-30%
Director of Rehabilitation Services122,000 AFN-8%
Disability Consultant79,700 AFN-40%
Employment Counselor93,100 AFN-30%
Family Advocate66,500 AFN-50%
Family Services Specialist72,400 AFN-45%
Family Support Specialist103,000 AFN-22%
Family Youth Worker32,700 AFN-75%
Guidance Counselor94,800 AFN-29%
Guidance Director111,000 AFN-16%
Mental Health Counselor105,000 AFN-21%
Programs Coordinator54,700 AFN-59%
Psychologist133,000 AFN+0%
Supervising Counselor100,000 AFN-25%
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor98,200 AFN-26%
Youth Advocate54,000 AFN-59%
Youth Care Counselor98,000 AFN-26%
Youth Care Specialist60,100 AFN-55%
Youth Development Manager120,000 AFN-10%

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Herat141,000 AFN
Jalalabad125,000 AFN
Kabul149,000 AFN
Kandahar136,000 AFN
Kunduz123,000 AFN
Mazari Sharif136,000 AFN

Government vs Private Sector Salary Comparison

Where can you get paid more, working for a private company or for the government? Public sector employees in Afghanistan earn 11% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
73,200 AFN
Public Sector+11%
81,000 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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