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Engineering Average Salaries in Afghanistan 2022

How much money does a person working in Engineering make in Afghanistan?

Average Monthly Salary
65,700 AFN
( 788,000 AFN yearly)


A person working in Engineering in Afghanistan typically earns around 65,700 AFN per month. Salaries range from 20,900 AFN (lowest average) to 139,000 AFN (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Salaries for specific jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Acoustics Engineer69,400 AFN
Assembly Engineering Technician55,600 AFN
Assistant Chief Engineer80,700 AFN
Associate Engineer64,600 AFN
Autocad Operator45,200 AFN
Automation Engineer77,600 AFN
Avionic System Support Engineer69,300 AFN
Biochemical Engineer65,700 AFN
BMS Engineer69,600 AFN
Bridge and Lock Tender38,900 AFN
Broadcast Engineer73,800 AFN
CAD Design Engineer71,300 AFN
CAD Designer43,300 AFN
CAE Engineer68,200 AFN
Ceramics Engineer66,100 AFN
Civil Engineer74,800 AFN
Commissioning Engineer73,100 AFN
Communications Engineer81,500 AFN
Condition Monitoring Engineer62,400 AFN
Contract Associate Engineer66,900 AFN
Control Systems Engineer70,100 AFN
Controls Engineer69,500 AFN
Controls Software Engineer62,900 AFN
Corrosion Engineer66,000 AFN
Design Engineer74,200 AFN
Drafter46,000 AFN
Drafting Manager84,600 AFN
Drilling Engineer70,600 AFN
Electrical Draughtsman38,000 AFN
Electrical Engineer79,900 AFN
Electrical Engineering Manager105,000 AFN
Electromechanical Engineering Technologist74,300 AFN
Electromechanical Equipment Assembler36,300 AFN
Energy Engineer78,300 AFN
Engine Assembler31,400 AFN
Engineer77,000 AFN
Engineering Account Manager78,300 AFN
Engineering Chief Designer82,800 AFN
Engineering Consultant95,100 AFN
Engineering Key Account Manager108,000 AFN
Engineering Lab Technician64,900 AFN
Engineering Planning Manager98,300 AFN
Engineering Production Manager125,000 AFN
Engineering Project Analyst80,300 AFN
Engineering Project Coordinator 80,000 AFN
Engineering Project Director143,000 AFN
Engineering Project Manager103,000 AFN
Engineering Research and Development Manager113,000 AFN
Engineering Safety Coordinator55,900 AFN
Engineering Sales Manager101,000 AFN
Engineering Technician57,000 AFN
Engineering Technologist53,900 AFN
Environmental Engineer71,500 AFN
Equipment Engineer66,600 AFN
Equipment Engineering Manager96,300 AFN
Estimator61,500 AFN
Fabrication Specialist50,500 AFN
Fabricator32,500 AFN
Facade Engineer66,600 AFN
Fiber Analyst41,400 AFN
Field Engineer76,000 AFN
Field Engineering Manager124,000 AFN
Fire Engineer73,600 AFN
Fitter and Turner23,500 AFN
Forestry Strategic Planner86,900 AFN
Generation Engineer76,400 AFN
Genetic Engineer76,100 AFN
Geological Engineer77,000 AFN
Geotechnical Engineer78,000 AFN
Heavy Equipment Mechanic37,200 AFN
Highway Engineer73,200 AFN
HSE Professional69,900 AFN
HVAC Engineer78,200 AFN
HVAC Supervisor62,700 AFN
Industrial Engineer70,800 AFN
Industrial Engineering Technologist68,400 AFN
Instrument Engineer71,300 AFN
Instrumentation and Control Engineer69,500 AFN
Instrumentation Engineer71,000 AFN
Instrumentation Manager69,600 AFN
Irrigation Engineer71,500 AFN
Licensed Aircraft Engineer75,200 AFN
Locomotive Engineer72,600 AFN
Maintenance Engineer69,100 AFN
Maintenance Fitter25,300 AFN
Maintenance Manager70,900 AFN
Manufacturing Engineer71,000 AFN
Marine Engineer74,200 AFN
Materials Engineer72,400 AFN
Materials Researcher64,500 AFN
Materials Technician53,200 AFN
Mechanical and Electrical Engineer80,500 AFN
Mechanical Design Engineer75,600 AFN
Mechanical Designer61,300 AFN
Mechanical Engineer78,700 AFN
Mechanical Engineering Manager104,000 AFN
Mechanical Inspector66,900 AFN
Mechatronics Engineer74,000 AFN
Mining Engineer70,100 AFN
Oil and Petrochemical Engineer80,800 AFN
Optical Engineer71,300 AFN
Optical Instrument Assembler37,200 AFN
PCB Assembler25,000 AFN
Photonics Engineer82,100 AFN
Photonics Technician67,000 AFN
Pipeline Engineer63,900 AFN
Piping Designer37,900 AFN
Piping Engineer64,000 AFN
Planning Engineer72,200 AFN
Pressure Vessel Inspector32,500 AFN
Principal Cost Engineer74,300 AFN
Principal Engineer73,100 AFN
Principal Support Engineer73,200 AFN
Process Engineer73,400 AFN
Process Operator43,500 AFN
Product Development Engineer77,200 AFN
Product Development Technician53,300 AFN
Product Engineer77,300 AFN
Product Safety Engineer65,600 AFN
Production Engineer71,000 AFN
Project Engineer78,600 AFN
Proposal Manager92,000 AFN
Purchasing Engineer69,000 AFN
Quality Assurance Engineer73,700 AFN
Rail Engineer75,000 AFN
Robotics Engineer82,200 AFN
Robotics Technician59,600 AFN
Safety Engineer74,500 AFN
Safety Inspector58,400 AFN
Safety Manager81,100 AFN
Safety Officer37,800 AFN
Sales Engineer74,700 AFN
Scheduling Engineer68,800 AFN
Service Engineer73,000 AFN
Solar Engineer78,000 AFN
Staff Engineer72,300 AFN
Static Equipment Engineer70,600 AFN
Stationary Engineer67,300 AFN
Stress Engineer68,900 AFN
Structural Analysis Engineer72,800 AFN
Structural Designer60,400 AFN
Structural Engineer72,800 AFN
Structural Technician47,800 AFN
Supply Chain Specialist67,800 AFN
Surveyor52,400 AFN
Technical Affairs Officer36,200 AFN
Technical Assistant36,300 AFN
Technical Engineer59,800 AFN
Technical Support Engineer62,400 AFN
Tender Engineer65,700 AFN
Test Development Engineer72,600 AFN
Transportation Engineer70,700 AFN
Validation Engineer62,200 AFN
Verification Engineer65,900 AFN
Wastewater Engineer68,700 AFN
Wind Energy Engineer71,600 AFN
Wind Energy Operations Manager93,800 AFN
Work Planner52,000 AFN

Engineering Jobs Salary Distribution in Afghanistan

Median and salary distribution monthly Afghanistan Engineering
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Engineering salaries in Afghanistan range from 20,900 AFN per month (minimum average salary) to 139,000 AFN per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 64,400 AFN per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 64,400 AFN while the other half are earning more than 64,400 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 38,400 AFN while 75% of them are earning more than 38,400 AFN. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 99,700 AFN while 25% are earning more than 99,700 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

Salary Comparison by Years of Experience

How does a person's salary progress over time?

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The experience level is the most important factor in determining the salary. Naturally the more years of experience the higher the wage.

Generally speaking, employees having experience from two to five years earn on average 32% more than freshers and juniors across all industries and disciplines.

Professionals with experience of more than five years tend to earn on average 36% more than those with five years or less of work experience.

Change in salary based on experience varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of many different jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

As you hit the ten years mark, the salary increases by 21% and an additional 14% for those who have crossed the 15 years mark.

Those figures are presented as guidelines only. The numbers become more significant if you consider one job title at a time.

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.

Salary Comparison By Education

How does the education level affect your salary?

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It is well known that higher education equals a bigger salary, but how much more money can a degree add to your income? We compared the salaries of professionals at the same level but with different college degrees levels across many jobs, below are our findings.

Change in salary based on education varies drastically from one location to another and depends hugely on the career field as well. The data displayed here is the combined average of multiple jobs. To view accurate figures, choose a specific job title.

Workers with a certificate or diploma earn on average 17% more than their peers who only reached the high school level.

Employees who earned a Bachelor's Degree earn 24% more than those who only managed to attain a cerificate or diploma.

Professionals who attained a Master's Degree are awarded salaries that are 29% more than those with a Bachelor's Degree.

Finally, PhD holders earn 23% more than Master's Degree holders on average while doing the same job.

Is a Master's degree or an MBA worth it? Should you pursue higher education?

A Master's degree program or any post-graduate program in Afghanistan costs anywhere from 389,000 Afghani(s) to 1,170,000 Afghani(s) and lasts approximately two years. That is quite an investment.

You can't really expect any salary increases during the study period, assuming you already have a job. In most cases, a salary review is conducted once education is completed and the degree has been attained.

Many people pursue higher education as a tactic to switch into a higher paying job. The numbers seem to support this tactic. The average increase in compensation while changing jobs is approximately 10% more than the customary salary increment.

The decision really depends on your situation and experience among many other factors. Putting all variables aside, if you can afford the costs of higher education then the return on investment is definitely worth it. You should be able to recover the costs in roughly a year or so.

Engineering Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Afghanistan Engineering
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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 employees in Afghanistan who work in Engineering earn 21% more than their female counterparts on average.

72,300 AFN
59,800 AFN
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Afghanistan for all Careers

Salary comparison by gender monthly Afghanistan
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Engineering Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Afghanistan

How much are annual salary increments in Afghanistan for Engineering professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?


Engineering professionals in Afghanistan are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 5% every 28 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 4% granted to employees every 29 months.

Annual Salary Increment Rate Afghanistan Engineering
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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 2021

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Afghanistan for the year 2021. 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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Engineering Bonus and Incentive Rates in Afghanistan

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Afghanistan Engineering
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Engineering is considered to be a moderate bonus-based field 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.

66% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 34% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 3% to 6% 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.

Engineering Hourly Average Wage in Afghanistan

380 AFN per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Afghanistan is 380 AFN. This means that the average person in Afghanistan earns approximately 380 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.

Engineering VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Engineering and Engineering monthly Afghanistan
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The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Herat67,100 AFN
Jalalabad63,200 AFN
Kabul72,500 AFN
Kandahar69,900 AFN
Kunduz60,800 AFN
Mazari Sharif64,800 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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