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Construction / Building / Installation Average Salaries in Jamaica 2021

How much money does a person working in Construction / Building / Installation make in Jamaica?

Average Monthly Salary
56,700 JMD
( 681,000 JMD yearly)


A person working in Construction / Building / Installation in Jamaica typically earns around 56,700 JMD per month. Salaries range from 24,400 JMD (lowest average) to 165,000 JMD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher).

This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits. Salaries vary drastically between different Construction / Building / Installation 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
Adjudicator40,900 JMD
Assembler32,000 JMD
Boat Builder and Shipwright48,300 JMD
Bricklayer27,800 JMD
Building Administrator43,100 JMD
Building Contracts Manager143,000 JMD
Building Inspector41,300 JMD
Building Monitor32,600 JMD
Building Sales Manager133,000 JMD
Cabinetmaker35,100 JMD
Carpenter39,200 JMD
Civil Engineer88,500 JMD
Civil Technician46,800 JMD
Concreter28,000 JMD
Construction and Maintenance Manager77,300 JMD
Construction Assistant36,200 JMD
Construction Coordinator52,400 JMD
Construction Estimator58,600 JMD
Construction Field Engineer84,000 JMD
Construction General Manager165,000 JMD
Construction Inventory Officer33,100 JMD
Construction Operations Manager153,000 JMD
Construction Project Coordinator96,700 JMD
Construction Project Engineer92,400 JMD
Construction Project Manager162,000 JMD
Construction Project Planner85,900 JMD
Construction Quality Control Manager127,000 JMD
Construction Safety Officer58,600 JMD
Construction Superintendent62,500 JMD
Construction Supervisor89,500 JMD
Construction Technical Assistant35,500 JMD
Construction Technical Officer39,800 JMD
Construction Technical Writer37,200 JMD
Construction Technician34,100 JMD
Crane and Tower Operator31,500 JMD
Diesel Mechanic30,100 JMD
Drywall Installer35,100 JMD
Electrical Draftsman32,500 JMD
Electrical Engineering Supervisor105,000 JMD
Electrical Engineering Technician40,400 JMD
Electrician49,000 JMD
Elevator Installer and Repairer42,400 JMD
Engineer95,600 JMD
Excavator Operator33,700 JMD
Floor Finisher36,900 JMD
Floor Manager52,200 JMD
Foreman27,800 JMD
Frame and Truss Detailer30,100 JMD
Furniture Finisher32,600 JMD
Gas Technician 31,000 JMD
Handyman28,300 JMD
Health and Safety Coordinator40,900 JMD
Health and Safety Officer44,600 JMD
Installation Manager114,000 JMD
Installer27,800 JMD
Insulation Installer33,500 JMD
Labourer24,800 JMD
Land Surveyor44,000 JMD
Lift Technician31,100 JMD
Material Tester46,700 JMD
Model Maker48,300 JMD
Order Picker27,900 JMD
Painter29,300 JMD
Pipe Layer25,200 JMD
Pipefitter25,400 JMD
Plumber33,500 JMD
Property Coordinator75,600 JMD
Purchasing Manager111,000 JMD
Quantity Surveyor59,800 JMD
Roof Slater and Tiler28,600 JMD
Sheet Metal Mechanic31,800 JMD
Site Clerk30,600 JMD
Site engineer83,700 JMD
Site Leader147,000 JMD
Stock Controller45,100 JMD
Structural Steel Construction Worker35,200 JMD
Technical Draughtsman37,500 JMD
Tendering Manager132,000 JMD
Tower Crane Operator32,800 JMD
Wall and Floor Tiler30,800 JMD
Warehouse Manager108,000 JMD
Welder28,000 JMD
Welding Superintendent38,300 JMD

Construction / Building / Installation Jobs Salary Distribution in Jamaica

Median and salary distribution monthly Jamaica Construction / Building / Installation
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The median, the maximum, the minimum, and the range

  • Salary Range

    Construction / Building / Installation salaries in Jamaica range from 24,400 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 165,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).

  • Median Salary

    The median salary is 53,300 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 53,300 JMD while the other half are earning more than 53,300 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 people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 35,000 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 35,000 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Construction / Building / Installation are earning less than 103,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 103,000 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 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 Jamaica costs anywhere from 482,000 Jamaican Dollar(s) to 1,450,000 Jamaican Dollar(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.

Construction / Building / Installation Salary Comparison By Gender

Salary comparison by gender monthly Jamaica Construction / Building / Installation
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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 Jamaica who work in Construction / Building / Installation earn 7% more than their female counterparts on average.

58,400 JMD
54,400 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

Salary Comparison By Gender in Jamaica for all Careers

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Construction / Building / Installation Average Annual Salary Increment Percentage in Jamaica

How much are annual salary increments in Jamaica for Construction / Building / Installation professionals? How often do employees get salary raises?

Construction / Building / Installation

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

Annual Salary Increment Rate Jamaica Construction / Building / Installation
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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.

Jamaica / 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 Jamaica is 2%.

Annual Increment Rate By Industry 2020

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Listed above are the average annual increase rates for each industry in Jamaica 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.

Worldwide Salary Raises: All Countries and All Jobs

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Construction / Building / Installation Bonus and Incentive Rates in Jamaica

How much and how often are bonuses being awarded?Annual Salary Bonus Rate Jamaica Construction / Building / Installation
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Construction / Building / Installation is considered to be a low 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.

93% of surveyed staff in Construction / Building / Installation reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 7% said that they received at least one form of monetary bonus.

Those who got bonuses reported rates ranging from 1% to 3% 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.

Construction / Building / Installation Hourly Average Wage in Jamaica

330 JMD per hour

The average hourly wage (pay per hour) in Jamaica is 330 JMD. This means that the average person in Jamaica earns approximately 330 JMD 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.

Construction / Building / Installation VS Other Jobs

Salary Comparison Between Construction / Building / Installation and Construction / Building / Installation monthly Jamaica
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The average salary for Construction / Building / Installation is 41% less than that of All Jobs.

Salary Comparison By City

CityAverage Salary
Kingston62,400 JMD

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 Jamaica earn 10% more than their private sector counterparts on average across all sectors.

Private Sector
93,500 JMD
Public Sector+10%
103,000 JMD
Percentage increase and decrease are relative to the previous value

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