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Average Salary in Jamaica 2020

How much money does a person working in Jamaica make?

Average Monthly Salary
194,000 JMD
( 2,330,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Jamaica typically earns around 194,000 JMD per month. Salaries range from 26,300 JMD (lowest) to 860,000 JMD (highest).

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

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica

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

  • Salary Range

    Salaries in Jamaica range between 26,300 JMD per month (minimum salary) to 860,000 JMD per month (maximum salary).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 198,000 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of the population are earning less than 198,000 JMD while the other half are earning more than 198,000 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.

  • 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 101,000 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 101,000 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of the population are earning less than 550,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 550,000 JMD.

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 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
174,000 JMD
Average Salary 2017+4%
180,000 JMD
Average Salary 2018+3%
186,000 JMD
Average Salary 2019+3%
191,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value
Salaries in Jamaica are on the rise in the year 2020 based on recent submitted salaries and reports. As displayed in the chart, salaries in 2020 are 2% higher than those of 2019. The trend suggests a slow yet continous increase in pay in 2021 and future years. These numbers differ slightly from industry to another.

Salaries for popular jobs

Job TitleAverage Salary
Accounting and Finance
Accountant140,000 JMD
Accounting Assistant136,000 JMD
Accounting Manager251,000 JMD
Bookkeeper101,000 JMD
Chartered Accountant171,000 JMD
Corporate Treasurer358,000 JMD
Financial Analyst213,000 JMD
Financial Manager397,000 JMD
Internal Auditor214,000 JMD

Administration / Reception / Secretarial
Administrative Assistant108,000 JMD
Office Manager138,000 JMD
Receptionist143,000 JMD
Secretary111,000 JMD

Advertising / Grapic Design / Events
Art Director195,000 JMD
Creative Director211,000 JMD
Graphic Designer134,000 JMD
Photographer133,000 JMD

Airlines / Aviation / Aerospace / Defense
Aerospace Engineer222,000 JMD
Air Traffic Controller208,000 JMD
Flight Attendant173,000 JMD
Pilot245,000 JMD

Architect174,000 JMD
CAD Drafter149,000 JMD

Mechanic105,000 JMD
Service Advisor160,000 JMD

Bank Branch Manager299,000 JMD
Teller136,000 JMD

Teacher151,000 JMD
Translator171,000 JMD

Business Planning
Business Analyst246,000 JMD
Business Development Manager313,000 JMD
Project Manager226,000 JMD

Care Giving and Child Care
Nanny121,000 JMD
Nursery Teacher137,000 JMD

Construction / Building / Installation
Civil Engineer177,000 JMD
Construction Project Manager231,000 JMD
Health and Safety Officer126,000 JMD

Customer Service and Call Center
Call Center Representative141,000 JMD
Customer Service Manager256,000 JMD
Customer Service Representative137,000 JMD

Electrical Engineer196,000 JMD
Engineer183,000 JMD
Mechanical Engineer196,000 JMD

Executive and Management
Chief Executive Officer452,000 JMD
Chief Financial Officer407,000 JMD
General Manager342,000 JMD

Food / Hospitality / Tourism / Catering
Chef161,000 JMD
Executive Chef175,000 JMD
Hotel Manager289,000 JMD
Travel Agent170,000 JMD
Waiter / Waitress114,000 JMD

Health and Medical
Dentist472,000 JMD
Dietitian431,000 JMD
Laboratory Technician151,000 JMD
Nurse164,000 JMD

Human Resources
Human Resources Manager263,000 JMD
Human Resources Officer159,000 JMD

Information Technology
Computer Technician159,000 JMD
Database Administrator203,000 JMD
Developer / Programmer183,000 JMD
Information Technology Manager287,000 JMD
Network Engineer176,000 JMD

Law Enforcement / Security / Fire
Police Officer153,000 JMD

Attorney296,000 JMD
Legal Assistant147,000 JMD

Media / Broadcasting / Arts / Entertainment
Journalist204,000 JMD

Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology
Biomedical Engineer177,000 JMD
Pharmacist227,000 JMD

Sales Retail and Wholesale
Cashier108,000 JMD
Sales Manager311,000 JMD
Sales Representative130,000 JMD

Teaching / Education
Elementary School Teacher141,000 JMD
Secondary School Teacher164,000 JMD

Average Hourly Wage in Jamaica

1,120 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 1,120 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximatly 1,120 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
Kingston214,000 JMD
129593 - 221

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