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Average Salary in Jamaica 2019

How much money does a person working in Jamaica make?

142,011 JMD per month
Average Monthly Salary
A person working in Jamaica typically earns around 142,011 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

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica

Abount These Figures: Salary Range, Median and Percentiles

Salaries in Jamaica range between 19,222 JMD per month (minimum salary) to 628,845 JMD per month (maximum salary).

The median salary is 144,851 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 144,851 JMD while the other half are earning more than 144,851 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 73,833 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 73,833 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 402,322 JMD while 25% are earning more than 402,322 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

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.

Salary trends and forecast monthly Jamaica
Average Salary 2016    =  
129,586 JMD
Average Salary 2017    +4%  
134,381 JMD
Average Salary 2018    +3%  
138,547 JMD
Average Salary 2019    +3%  
142,011 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 3% 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.


Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accountant102,418 JMD
Administrative Assistant78,891 JMD
Architect127,085 JMD
Attorney216,003 JMD
Biomedical Engineer129,475 JMD
CAD Drafter108,535 JMD
Cashier79,263 JMD
Chartered Accountant125,320 JMD
Chef117,587 JMD
Chief Executive Officer330,210 JMD
Chief Financial Officer297,265 JMD
Civil Engineer129,716 JMD
Computer Technician116,355 JMD
Creative Director154,514 JMD
Dentist345,076 JMD
Developer / Programmer134,035 JMD
Electrical Engineer143,091 JMD
Elementary School Teacher102,699 JMD
Engineer133,662 JMD
Executive Chef128,152 JMD
Flight Attendant126,076 JMD
General Manager249,674 JMD
Graphic Designer97,875 JMD
Hotel Manager211,289 JMD
Human Resources Manager192,154 JMD
Internal Auditor156,714 JMD
Journalist148,792 JMD
Legal Assistant107,691 JMD
Mechanical Engineer143,376 JMD
Nurse119,717 JMD
Pharmacist165,763 JMD
Photographer97,287 JMD
Pilot178,798 JMD
Police Officer112,120 JMD
Project Manager165,434 JMD
Receptionist82,333 JMD
Sales Manager227,035 JMD
Sales Representative95,006 JMD
Secondary School Teacher119,725 JMD
Secretary80,919 JMD
Teacher110,114 JMD
Teller99,260 JMD
Travel Agent124,238 JMD
Waiter / Waitress83,495 JMD

Average Hourly Wage in Jamaica | All Jobs

819 JMD per hour
Average Hourly Wage

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica | All Jobs is 819 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximatly 819 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
Kingston156,375 JMD
132249 - 200
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