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Average Salary in Jamaica 2019

How much money does a person working in Jamaica make?

133,351 JMD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Jamaica typically earns around 133,351 JMD per month.
This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
Salaries differ drasticly between different jobs. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.

Distribution of Salaries in Jamaica | All Jobs

25% of people earn
60,000 JMD
or less
50% of people earn
90,000 JMD
or less
75% of people earn
150,000 JMD
or less
16,667 JMD
90,000 JMD
650,000 JMD

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Jamaica range between 16,667 JMD per month (minimum salary) to 650,000 JMD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 90,000 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 90,000 JMD while the other half are earning more than 90,000 JMD. 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.

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 60,000 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 60,000 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 150,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 150,000 JMD.

What is the difference between the median and the average salary? What should you be looking at?

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 plently of room for improvement. If your wage is in between the average and median, then things can be a bit confusing. We have written a guide to explain all the different senarios. How to compare your salary

Salaries for specific job categories

Choose your job category from below to explore specific salary details

Accounting and FinanceAdministration / Reception / SecretarialInformation TechnologyPurchasing and Inventory

Salary Trend and Forecast in Jamaica

How are Jamaica salaries changing over time? Listed below is a chart that shows the average salary over the past few years.

Average Salary 2016    =  
124,195 JMD
Average Salary 2017    +3%  
127,672 JMD
Average Salary 2018    +2%  
130,736 JMD
Average Salary 2019    +2%  
133,351 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Jamaica are on the rise in the year 2019 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2019 are 2% higher than those of 2018. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2020 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Average Hourly Wage in Jamaica | All Jobs

684 JMD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica | All Jobs is 684 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximatly 684 JMD for every worked hour.

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

The hourly wage is the salary paid in one working 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 annual vacation allowance. The figures mentioned above are good approximation and they are considered to the be the standard.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston140,937 JMD
May Pen68,600 JMD
Montego Bay130,633 JMD
Portmore64,000 JMD
Spanish Town90,500 JMD
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