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Average Salary in India 2021

How much money does a person working in India make?

Average Monthly Salary
31,900 INR
( 383,000 INR yearly)


A person working in India typically earns around 31,900 INR per month. Salaries range from 8,080 INR (lowest average) to 143,000 INR (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

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

Distribution of Salaries in India

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in India range from 8,080 INR per month (minimum salary) to 143,000 INR per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 29,400 INR per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 29,400 INR while the other half are earning more than 29,400 INR. 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 the population are earning less than 16,900 INR while 75% of them are earning more than 16,900 INR. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 79,100 INR while 25% are earning more than 79,100 INR.

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?

Salary Comparison By Experience Level
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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 India costs anywhere from 160,000 Indian Rupee(s) to 479,000 Indian Rupee(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.

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 employees in India earn 9% more than their female counterparts on avergae across all sectors.

33,100 INR
30,300 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in India

How much are annual salary increments in India? How often do employees get salary raises?


Employees in India are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 9% every 16 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.

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 India is 7%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

Information Technology

Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in India for the year 2020. 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.

Average Salary Increase Rate by Experience Level

Junoir Level
3% - 5%
6% - 9%
Senior Level
10% - 15%
Top Management
15% - 20%

The difference in increment rates is somehow justified because employers put more effort to retain more experienced staff since they are harder to acquire than less experienced ones.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Bonus and Incentive Rates in India

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate India
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51% of surveyed staff in India reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 49% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 4% to 5% 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.

Bonus Rates Comparison by Career Field

Business Development
Marketing / Advertising
Information Technology
Customer Service
Human Resources

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.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant21,900 INR
Accounting Assistant17,100 INR
Accounting Manager47,500 INR
Bookkeeper14,700 INR
Chartered Accountant28,500 INR
Corporate Treasurer42,800 INR
Financial Analyst40,400 INR
Financial Manager62,700 INR
Internal Auditor29,900 INR

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant16,600 INR
Office Manager27,600 INR
Receptionist15,200 INR
Secretary14,300 INR

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director31,400 INR
Creative Director31,400 INR
Graphic Designer20,000 INR
Photographer17,600 INR

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer40,400 INR
Air Traffic Controller34,700 INR
Flight Attendant21,900 INR
Pilot54,600 INR

Architect38,000 INR
CAD Drafter16,200 INR

Mechanic11,900 INR
Service Advisor21,900 INR

Bank Branch Manager57,000 INR
Teller11,900 INR

Teacher24,100 INR
Translator28,500 INR

Business Planning
Business Analyst39,400 INR
Business Development Manager49,900 INR
Project Manager40,400 INR

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny13,300 INR
Nursery Teacher11,900 INR

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer29,500 INR
Construction Project Manager52,300 INR
Health and Safety Officer14,300 INR

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative11,900 INR
Customer Service Manager42,800 INR
Customer Service Representative11,900 INR

Civil Engineer29,000 INR
Electrical Engineer30,900 INR
Engineer29,700 INR
Mechanical Engineer29,900 INR

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer71,300 INR
Chief Financial Officer65,600 INR
General Manager55,400 INR
Project Manager35,600 INR

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef19,700 INR
Executive Chef22,800 INR
Hotel Manager57,000 INR
Receptionist11,900 INR
Travel Agent20,000 INR
Waiter / Waitress9,980 INR

Health and Medical
Dentist75,200 INR
Dietitian61,800 INR
Laboratory Technician23,800 INR
Nurse24,700 INR

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager47,500 INR
Human Resources Officer19,000 INR

Information Technology
Computer Technician24,100 INR
Database Administrator31,300 INR
Developer / Programmer30,900 INR
Information Technology Manager52,300 INR
Network Engineer27,300 INR

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer19,000 INR

Attorney61,800 INR
Legal Assistant16,600 INR

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist35,600 INR

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer26,900 INR
Pharmacist40,400 INR

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier11,900 INR
Sales Manager54,600 INR
Sales Representative20,600 INR

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher21,800 INR
Secondary School Teacher25,700 INR

Average Hourly Wage in India

180 INR per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in India is 180 INR. This means that the average person in India earns approximately 180 INR 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.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
agra29,100 INR
Ahmadabad36,000 INR
Bangalore34,500 INR
Bhopal31,600 INR
Chennai33,800 INR
Coimbatore29,900 INR
Delhi36,400 INR
Ghaziabad30,500 INR
Hyderabad37,400 INR
Indore31,900 INR
Jaipur35,400 INR
Kanpur32,700 INR
Kolkata35,000 INR
Lucknow33,000 INR
Ludhiana31,600 INR
Madurai28,000 INR
Mumbai36,600 INR
Nagpur32,700 INR
Patna29,400 INR
Pimpri-Chinchwad31,800 INR
Pune34,000 INR
Surat35,000 INR
Vadodara30,300 INR
Visakhapatnam30,100 INR

Salary Comparison By State

StateAverage Salary
Andaman & Nicobar Islands27,400 INR
Andhra Pradesh35,300 INR
Arunachal Pradesh29,800 INR
Assam34,100 INR
Bihar38,100 INR
Chandigarh28,500 INR
Chhatisgarh33,500 INR
Dadra & Nagar Haveli27,900 INR
Daman & Diu27,300 INR
Delhi32,600 INR
Goa29,700 INR
Gujarat36,000 INR
Haryana33,100 INR
Himachal Pradesh31,800 INR
Jammu & Kashmir32,500 INR
Jharkhand35,200 INR
Karnataka36,600 INR
Kerala34,900 INR
Lakshadweep27,200 INR
Madhya Pradesh37,700 INR
Maharashtra38,400 INR
Manipur31,300 INR
Meghalaya31,000 INR
Mizoram29,400 INR
Nagaland30,800 INR
Orissa35,900 INR
Pondicherry29,800 INR
Punjab34,600 INR
Rajasthan37,700 INR
Sikkim28,900 INR
Tamil Nadu37,400 INR
Tripura32,000 INR
Uttar Pradesh39,600 INR
Uttaranchal32,700 INR
West Bengal38,600 INR

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 India earn 5% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
31,000 INR
Public Sector+5%
32,700 INR
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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