A person working in Engineering in Jamaica typically earns around 81,300 JMD per month. Salaries range from 25,800 JMD (lowest average) to 172,000 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 Engineering careers. If you are interested in the salary of a particular job, see below for salaries for specific job titles.
|Job Title||Average Salary|
|Acoustics Engineer||85,100 JMD|
|Assembly Engineering Technician||66,100 JMD|
|Assistant Chief Engineer||96,400 JMD|
|Associate Engineer||76,000 JMD|
|Autocad Operator||53,700 JMD|
|Automation Engineer||96,000 JMD|
|Avionic System Support Engineer||87,900 JMD|
|Biochemical Engineer||85,500 JMD|
|BMS Engineer||81,200 JMD|
|Bridge and Lock Tender||49,800 JMD|
|Broadcast Engineer||88,200 JMD|
|CAD Design Engineer||92,400 JMD|
|CAD Designer||56,400 JMD|
|CAE Engineer||90,500 JMD|
|Ceramics Engineer||79,400 JMD|
|Civil Engineer||90,200 JMD|
|Commissioning Engineer||86,900 JMD|
|Communications Engineer||97,900 JMD|
|Condition Monitoring Engineer||74,500 JMD|
|Contract Associate Engineer||87,000 JMD|
|Control Systems Engineer||87,200 JMD|
|Controls Engineer||83,000 JMD|
|Controls Software Engineer||78,600 JMD|
|Corrosion Engineer||78,400 JMD|
|Design Engineer||90,000 JMD|
|Drafting Manager||99,600 JMD|
|Drilling Engineer||86,100 JMD|
|Electrical Draughtsman||44,600 JMD|
|Electrical Engineer||97,900 JMD|
|Electrical Engineering Manager||129,000 JMD|
|Electromechanical Engineering Technologist||96,200 JMD|
|Electromechanical Equipment Assembler||47,200 JMD|
|Energy Engineer||90,400 JMD|
|Engine Assembler||39,500 JMD|
|Engineering Account Manager||97,400 JMD|
|Engineering Chief Designer||104,000 JMD|
|Engineering Consultant||121,000 JMD|
|Engineering Key Account Manager||132,000 JMD|
|Engineering Lab Technician||80,800 JMD|
|Engineering Planning Manager||126,000 JMD|
|Engineering Production Manager||159,000 JMD|
|Engineering Project Analyst||101,000 JMD|
|Engineering Project Coordinator||103,000 JMD|
|Engineering Project Director||181,000 JMD|
|Engineering Project Manager||119,000 JMD|
|Engineering Research and Development Manager||142,000 JMD|
|Engineering Safety Coordinator||71,600 JMD|
|Engineering Sales Manager||122,000 JMD|
|Engineering Technician||66,100 JMD|
|Engineering Technologist||70,500 JMD|
|Environmental Engineer||88,900 JMD|
|Equipment Engineer||83,300 JMD|
|Equipment Engineering Manager||121,000 JMD|
|Fabrication Specialist||61,200 JMD|
|Facade Engineer||82,500 JMD|
|Fiber Analyst||53,200 JMD|
|Field Engineer||95,900 JMD|
|Field Engineering Manager||157,000 JMD|
|Fire Engineer||92,800 JMD|
|Fitter and Turner||29,800 JMD|
|Forestry Strategic Planner||98,700 JMD|
|Generation Engineer||92,300 JMD|
|Genetic Engineer||99,100 JMD|
|Geological Engineer||88,400 JMD|
|Geotechnical Engineer||90,000 JMD|
|Heavy Equipment Mechanic||45,500 JMD|
|Highway Engineer||84,800 JMD|
|HSE Professional||83,200 JMD|
|HVAC Engineer||91,100 JMD|
|HVAC Supervisor||78,400 JMD|
|Industrial Engineer||82,900 JMD|
|Industrial Engineering Technologist||82,100 JMD|
|Instrument Engineer||83,400 JMD|
|Instrumentation and Control Engineer||87,800 JMD|
|Instrumentation Engineer||90,000 JMD|
|Instrumentation Manager||88,800 JMD|
|Irrigation Engineer||84,200 JMD|
|Licensed Aircraft Engineer||93,500 JMD|
|Locomotive Engineer||87,200 JMD|
|Maintenance Engineer||81,800 JMD|
|Maintenance Fitter||31,200 JMD|
|Maintenance Manager||85,500 JMD|
|Manufacturing Engineer||84,500 JMD|
|Marine Engineer||88,700 JMD|
|Materials Engineer||87,000 JMD|
|Materials Researcher||84,300 JMD|
|Materials Technician||67,100 JMD|
|Mechanical and Electrical Engineer||94,900 JMD|
|Mechanical Design Engineer||90,700 JMD|
|Mechanical Designer||73,900 JMD|
|Mechanical Engineer||95,100 JMD|
|Mechanical Engineering Manager||126,000 JMD|
|Mechanical Inspector||87,900 JMD|
|Mechatronics Engineer||97,700 JMD|
|Mining Engineer||88,500 JMD|
|Oil and Petrochemical Engineer||99,100 JMD|
|Optical Engineer||82,600 JMD|
|Optical Instrument Assembler||43,400 JMD|
|PCB Assembler||31,600 JMD|
|Photonics Engineer||94,800 JMD|
|Photonics Technician||77,800 JMD|
|Pipeline Engineer||79,100 JMD|
|Piping Designer||47,100 JMD|
|Piping Engineer||80,000 JMD|
|Planning Engineer||88,000 JMD|
|Pressure Vessel Inspector||40,700 JMD|
|Principal Cost Engineer||85,700 JMD|
|Principal Engineer||85,500 JMD|
|Principal Support Engineer||86,000 JMD|
|Process Engineer||90,400 JMD|
|Process Operator||50,900 JMD|
|Product Development Engineer||95,600 JMD|
|Product Development Technician||61,400 JMD|
|Product Engineer||96,100 JMD|
|Product Safety Engineer||85,300 JMD|
|Production Engineer||86,600 JMD|
|Project Engineer||98,300 JMD|
|Proposal Manager||112,000 JMD|
|Purchasing Engineer||80,900 JMD|
|Quality Assurance Engineer||83,700 JMD|
|Rail Engineer||85,700 JMD|
|Robotics Engineer||99,700 JMD|
|Robotics Technician||72,600 JMD|
|Safety Engineer||85,500 JMD|
|Safety Inspector||69,600 JMD|
|Safety Manager||100,000 JMD|
|Safety Officer||44,200 JMD|
|Sales Engineer||93,400 JMD|
|Scheduling Engineer||83,100 JMD|
|Service Engineer||88,500 JMD|
|Solar Engineer||91,200 JMD|
|Staff Engineer||91,300 JMD|
|Static Equipment Engineer||86,100 JMD|
|Stationary Engineer||84,100 JMD|
|Stress Engineer||84,500 JMD|
|Structural Analysis Engineer||89,600 JMD|
|Structural Designer||76,000 JMD|
|Structural Engineer||90,100 JMD|
|Structural Technician||59,400 JMD|
|Supply Chain Specialist||87,900 JMD|
|Technical Affairs Officer||44,800 JMD|
|Technical Assistant||45,600 JMD|
|Technical Engineer||78,600 JMD|
|Technical Support Engineer||74,500 JMD|
|Tender Engineer||76,200 JMD|
|Test Development Engineer||88,600 JMD|
|Transportation Engineer||81,600 JMD|
|Validation Engineer||82,200 JMD|
|Verification Engineer||87,900 JMD|
|Wastewater Engineer||86,000 JMD|
|Wind Energy Engineer||92,700 JMD|
|Wind Energy Operations Manager||122,000 JMD|
|Work Planner||63,700 JMD|
Engineering salaries in Jamaica range from 25,800 JMD per month (minimum average salary) to 172,000 JMD per month (maximum average salary, actual maximum is higher).
The median salary is 74,800 JMD per month, which means that half (50%) of people working in Engineering are earning less than 74,800 JMD while the other half are earning more than 74,800 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 people working in Engineering are earning less than 45,300 JMD while 75% of them are earning more than 45,300 JMD. Also from the diagram, 75% of people working in Engineering are earning less than 114,000 JMD while 25% are earning more than 114,000 JMD.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Engineering earn 6% more than their female counterparts on average.
Engineering professionals in Jamaica are likely to observe a salary increase of approximately 6% every 27 months. The national average annual increment for all professions combined is 5% granted to employees every 28 months.
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.
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
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.
Engineering is considered to be a moderate 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.
69% of surveyed staff in Engineering reported that they haven't received any bonuses or incentives in the previous year while 31% 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.
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.
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.
The main two types of jobs
|Revenue Generators||Supporting 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.
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.
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.
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.
The average salary for Engineering is 16% less than that of All Jobs.
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.